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  • The Adult Learner by Cathy Abraham Credit to: PA Pathways training manual
  • Teaching Teens

    1. 1. The Teenage Learner Free powerpoints at http://www.worldofteaching.com
    2. 3. Words which describe Teens Moody Music Meaning Cliquish ME! Rebellious Idealistic
    3. 4. "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." - Mark Van Doren
    4. 5. What is Learning? <ul><li>Learning involves change. </li></ul><ul><li>concerned with the acquisition of habits, knowledge, and attitudes. </li></ul>
    5. 6. What is Learning? <ul><li>It enables the individual to make both personal and social adjustments. </li></ul>
    6. 7. What is Learning? <ul><li>Learning is a change in the individual, due to the interaction of that individual, and his environment, which fills a need and makes him more capable of dealing adequately with his environment. </li></ul>
    7. 8. What is learning? <ul><li>Learning is a change in human disposition or capability, which can be retained and applied. </li></ul>
    8. 9. Key Assumptions about Teenage Learners: <ul><li>Teenagers seek meaning and significance. </li></ul>Personalize!
    9. 10. Key Assumptions about Teenage Learners: <ul><li>2. Teenagers want to know about the NOW! </li></ul>Update!
    10. 11. Key Assumptions about Teenage Learners: <ul><li>3. Teenagers crave authenticity and the “true”. </li></ul>Be who you are and share it!
    11. 12. Key Assumptions about Teenage Learners: <ul><ul><li>4. Teenagers are the ultimate egotists. ME! </li></ul></ul>Get creative!
    12. 13. Key Assumptions about Teenage Learners: <ul><li>5. Teenagers are wondering what others are thinking about them! </li></ul>Group 'em!
    13. 15. What Teens Need to Know Prior to Learning: <ul><li>Why are we doing this? </li></ul><ul><li>How can it help me? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I make it MINE? </li></ul>
    14. 16. &quot;Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.&quot; - Henry Ford
    15. 17. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>1. Use Music! Teens live through the feelings provoked by music. It is a window to their learning soul. </li></ul>
    16. 18. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>2. Use Current Material! Teens want to be hip. They love anything new and personally relevant. </li></ul>
    17. 19. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>3. Use Team Work! Teens are “hard wired” for relationships. They thrive on projects, peer interaction and group work. </li></ul>
    18. 20. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>4. Use Acting! Teens want to express themselves. Role playing allows them to express all their inner, conflicting feelings in a safe manner. </li></ul>
    19. 21. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>5. Use Choice! Teens are trying to be independent. Giving them some choice and control motivates them. </li></ul>
    20. 22. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>6. Use what they know! Teens know LOTS and have diverse experiences. Use their interests and passions in the class content! </li></ul>
    21. 23. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>Use a quick pace ! Teens </li></ul><ul><li>actually have shorter attention spans than kids! Keep changing things up! </li></ul>
    22. 24. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>8. Use Activity! Teens body’s are changing and they need to experience and practice their new “physical” self! </li></ul>
    23. 25. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>9. Use Proactive Class Control! Teens want a teacher in control but will reject any authority. Use positive behavior management! </li></ul>
    24. 26. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>10. Use L1 at times! Teens will respond to L1 discipline and are mature enough to “switch gears” and it can help misunderstanding. </li></ul>
    25. 27. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>11. Use Games! Teens are highly competitive in the sense they want to show off. Let them show off! </li></ul>
    26. 28. A Dozen Dos <ul><li>12. Use their “desire”! Teens want to express themselves. Projects, presentations, posters etc…can allow them to personalize the learning. </li></ul>
    27. 29. “ Show me and I forget; Teach me and I remember; Involve me and I learn.” - B. Franklin
    28. 31. EFL CLASSROOM http://eflclassroom.ning.com