A discussion about the physical changes in adolescence is a very
important one in middle school. Students enter this stage of life
at various times during middle school and it is appropriate for
instruction to address it in regards to the social skills involved.
The lessons are counterparts to accepting differences in others.
will be presented as part of life science at some point in middle
school. How we interact with others in various stages of the
process is important to discuss in other educational arenas.
A pervasive feeling of acceptance needs to included in all lessons.
Maybe a growing spurt in someone could be a reason for misjudging
physical space and the need to make an apology. Maybe an outbreak
of acne might seem disastrous before an interview. Clearly there
is a relationship between physical hygiene and the commencement
reference to adolescence should be a part of many social skills
Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate an understanding
of the physical and emotional changes that happen during growth
periods during the early teens.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking
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