In the reading this week, we read about self, social, and moral development. The reading started off by talking about physical development. Throughout early childhood, middle years and high school, students are constantly developing. During early childhood, they are beginning to become coordinated with their young body’s. In middle years, most students experience puberty. Finally, in high-school, the student may experience puberty or are now catching up to their newly grown body’s and adapting to the changes. This part of the reading was huge for me because I am 6 foot 4, and was that height by grade 10. I was not at all coordinated and I hope the teachers understood.
The reading Also talked about the differences between, self-concept and self- esteem. It really has not been a topic that has been talked about before, so to learn the two are different really interested me.
I also found a section about aggression. This talked about aggressive behavior and cheating. They started off talking about how video games can make kids violent and how common cheating is. This was interesting to me because I have seen violence in the classroom and cheating. I have seen students physically fight in the middle of class on several occasions and wonder how this could have been prevented. I also have seen cheating more times then I can count; and also wonder how it could be stopped.
One question I have after reading is how long do we as teachers wait before talking about such things as child abuse or eating disorders with our students?