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ERIC Number: ED451185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 13
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Making Classrooms "Safe" for Adolescent Learning.
Beamon, Glenda Ward
Educators must create learning environments that are responsive to the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of adolescents. Today's adolescents need emotional and social guidance to cope with social pressures and personal identity confusion that naturally accompany adolescence. This generation of adolescents brings a different set of needs into the classrooms. Their experiences have been shaped and influenced by easy access and overexposure to technology and the media. While the classroom must be physically safe, adolescents additionally need a psychologically safe environment for learning. In classrooms characterized by relationship-building, positive interaction, and trust, adolescents can develop socially and emotionally. Experiences that help teach tolerance, empathy, civility, and moral development include perspective-taking, debate, role playing, decision making, discussion, and civic action projects. Personal reflection can be encouraged through journal writing. Community can be built through collaborative inquiry and technology-based projects that enable adolescents to connect to the world of experience beyond the classroom. The current ideas for fostering social and emotional support for adolescent learning can be grouped into several broad areas, including: personalize learning opportunities; build relationships; promote inner management; create emotional security; and teach well. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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