Learning Harmony : Young Adolescent Development And Classroom Practices Third Edition Essay

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Middle school students, also known as adolescents, aged ten through fifteen go through a massive change of life. These students are transitioning from being a child to being a mature adult. Development will range depending on the student. Some fifteen-year-old students may act and look like a ten-year-old student, while some ten-year-old students may act and look like a fifteen-year-old student. The main areas of development at these ages include Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, Sexual, Social, Personal, and Moral Development. While the adolescent develops in these areas, we as the teacher must promote harmony inside and outside of the classroom. Some teachers today tend to promote discord in the classroom. The best ways to promote harmony inside and outside of the classroom is discussed in David Strahan, Mark L’Esperance, and John Van Hoose’s book titled Promoting Harmony: Young Adolescent Development and Classroom Practices Third Edition. The book consists of five chapters. Chapters Two through Four focus on the development areas while Chapters One and Five directly focus on ways to promote harmony inside and outside of the classroom. When defining Harmony, we want to look at the word flow. The authors define flow as “what people feel when they enjoy what they are doing, when they would not want to do anything else”. “In flow, the human organism is functioning at its fullest capacity” (Page 2). When students are having fun, their brain is working its hardest, allowing

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