What do you think are the most definitive characteristics of later years students? Identify these in five words (or less). Then add one sentence to describe each characteristic.


Experimental: As adolescences change physically, emotionally and cognitively, so new challenges arise. As a result, they are drawn to new experience, peer pressure and pushing the boundaries. Some even believing they are immortal. Self-expression takes many forms.



Individual: Not all young people develop physically, emotionally or cognitively at the same pace. Yes, there are benchmarks, but it’s important to keep this in mind when we look at time lines and avoid making generalisations. For example, coping skills are highly individual, and like all development, are influenced by myriad of things, including parents, social networks, and religion.

Independent: A move away from the familial routine is normal. To become a capable adult, teenagers need to to take on more responsibility, make decisions and solve problems and work out life values. The challenge for teachers, and parents, is guiding them the best we can, as this sage piece of advice from says:

“Striking a balance between your child’s needs and your own concerns is often a matter of maintaining a positive relationship.”


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