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.