Adolescence is a trying time. Hormones, new responsibilities, higher expectations, and more autonomy. It’s a lot to deal with. Knowing how to talk to teenagers can go a long way in helping them understand and retain the information you’re passing on to them.
It’s common for teenagers to feel insecure and as a result, on the defensive. When we insist that they have to pay more attention, work harder or focus more, it only makes them push back in a negative way. However, they know what they have to do, and they don’t want to be treated as children.
As educators, we should be approaching teenage students with respect, the same way we would an adult student.
Studies are finding that we do some of our best learning when we aren’t actually paying attention to it. It comes when we’re in situations where we find the information useful, or when our minds have a moment to rest and process the new information.
In fact, studying a language for an hour before going to sleep might get you better results than sitting in a desk for an hour before lunch working in sentence structures.
Creative writing has been widely studied as a way to organise your thoughts and help improve your mental health. It may also help students form a clear path from their past self to their future self, which is an important aspect of successfully reaching goals.
As teachers, we’re told that we must create order in our classrooms if we’re going to provide a good learning environment for students. But order and clarity may be sending the wrong message, inhibiting students from reaching their full potential.
By changing the traditional classroom strategy ideas, we can promote a more intuitive learning environment, helping students reach a higher potential. With a little organized chaos in the classroom, we can encourage critical thinking skills in students and create a richer learning environment.