Middle School Curriculum The Exemplary Middle School
Early adolescence is a unique and significant period in human development….the end of an individual’s childhood years…the beginning of youth or young adulthood….in a state of metamorphosis. No longer children, but yet not adults, they are in a world of their own somewhere in between.
Three Phases of Adolescence Early 10 – 14 Middle 14 – 18 Late 18 + What are the characteristics of MG?
Eight Tasks to Successful Development * Mature socially with both sexes * Male or feminine social role * Health of the body * Independence from parents * Preparing for marriage/family life * Values and ethical framework * Socially responsible behavior **Robert J. Havinghurst 1972
“Puberty and entrance into middle school typically define the beginning of adolescence.” Roth & Brooks-Gunn 1999 What are the differences between boys and girls?
Adolescent Development Average age of puberty dropped from 16 to 12 AIDS is the 6th leading cause of MG death Each day 3,000 MG smoke their first cigarette More than half of MG are overweight (see p. 1 & 8 of textbook)
Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences - 1983