~ Dialogue ~ Topic 18 ~ Growing up: Teenagers ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1)Describe your teenage years. Were you social, lonely, happy, sad, confused, busy?
I was social and confused. At that age, there are many cliques and social groups.
I didn’t belong to any of them, but I was social anyway. Those were good times.
2) Describe your circle of friends as a teenager. Are you still close with them today?
I had four best friends and we were all inseparable. The other students would mock us,
but we never cared. To this day we meet 3 or 4 times a year, both at home and abroad.
3) Who helped you most when you were a teen? Describe your relationship.
I believe it was my piano teacher. She inspired me to keep taking lessons even when
most of my friends were dropping out. I kept up and to this day I enjoy playing often.
4) Were you ever bullied? If so, how did it affect your personal development?
Yes. I was bullied in elementary school. I don’t know why, but the dominant clique
took a disliking to me. I suppose this experience made me more introspective.
5) Why do teenagers rebel? Is it natural? Is it part of becoming an adult?
I think some teens are naturally wired or forced to break away from their families
in order to become unique individuals. Other teens follow in the footsteps of their family.
6) How old were you when you had your first romantic experience? Tell.
It was the summer before entering middle school. My friend and I arranged a meeting
at a park with two girls from our class. Unfortunately, the girl I liked went with my friend.
7) What is the best advice you could give a teenager growing up in your country?
I would tell them to choose one thing, study it in depth, and don’t give up on it.
With a little luck, this effort will turn to passion and they will attain a proper livelihood.
8) Should teenagers work? Why or why not? Did you work when you were a teen?
Yes. If they can find a job, teens should work. Work is a real-world experience.
The sooner the teens develop a work ethic, the better their lives will become.
9) If you could be a teenager again, would you do anything differently? Describe.
No. I’m happy with my life now, so if I had done something differently back then,
I guess my life may have turned out worse. I wouldn’t want to take the chance.
10) Do you think teenagers in your community show enough respect for adults? Tell.
No. I don’t see young people assisting the elderly, opening doors, or saying hello.
They seem to be occupied with their own devices. I’m worried about this generation.
~ Original Questions ~ Growing up: Teenagers ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) Describe your teenage years. Were you social, lonely, happy, sad, confused, busy, depressed?
2) Describe your circle of friends when you were a teenager. Are you still close with them today?
3) Who helped you most when you were a teen? Describe your relationship.
4) Were you ever bullied (as a child or teen)? If so, how did it affect your personal development?
5) Have you ever bullied someone? Why do you think you did it? Have you made amends?
1) What punishment did your parents use when you were a teenager? Do you do the same?
2) Why do teenagers rebel? Is it natural? Is it part of becoming an adult? Is it necessary?
3) Why do some children/teenagers act like adults? Is there a genetic link? Is it rearing?
4) At what age should a teenage girl/boy have their first serious romantic relationship? Explain.
5) How old were you when you had your first serious romantic relationship? Tell the tale.
1) What can communities do to help teenagers who have problems? Are programs available?
2) What is the best advice you could give a teenager growing up in your community/country?
3) Does advertising play an important role in how teenagers think? Is it positive/negative?
4) Should teenagers work? Why or why not? Did you work when you were a teen? Tell the tale.
5) If you could be a teenager again, would you do anything differently? Describe.
1) Do you think it is better to raise teenagers in the city, a small town, or in the country? Why?
2) Do you still feel like a teen sometimes? What is meant by the term "arrested development"?
3) How much freedom should parents give to their teens? Is too much not enough?
4) Did you have too much freedom when you were a teen? What were the consequences?
5) Are boys and girls given the same amount of freedom in your country? Why or Why not?
1) How would you discipline a teen who came home drunk or high? Is it common where you live?
2) Did you experiment with drugs/alcohol when you were a teen? What was your experience?
3) What are some of the greatest problems facing teenagers in your country today? Why so?
4) Do you think teenagers in your community show enough respect for adults/teachers/parents?
5) How can society/communities/people reach out to troubled teenagers? Give examples.
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 18 ~ Growing up: Teenagers ~ Explore the Topic ~
Adolescence typically describes the years between ages 13 and 19 and can be considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. However, the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence can start earlier, during the preteen or "tween" years (from ages 8 through 12).
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. This transitional period can bring up issues of independence and self-identity; many adolescents and their peers face tough choices regarding school, sexuality, drugs and alcohol, and social life. Peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance tend to naturally increase in perceived importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.
Many of the mental health issues people confront as adults begin to manifest in adolescence. On the flip side, teens can struggle with anxiety, depression, or other forms of distress that are developmentally common but will not necessarily endure. Parents can help by learning how to identify worrying signs and taking a balanced approach to dealing with increasingly independent young people.
The human brain is developing through the years of adolescence (all changes) and puberty (mainly physical changes related to sexuality) and continues to grow up toward the mid-twenties in most cases, adulthood.
Between the ages of 6 and 19, the brain undergoes changes that have important implications for behavior. For example, it reaches 90% of its adult size by the time a person is six years old. Thus, the brain does not grow in size much during adolescence. However, the creases in the brain continue to become more complex until the late teens. The biggest changes in the folds of the brain during this time occur in the parts of the cortex that process cognitive and emotional information. So, it’s possible to say, a person becomes a personality during this period of time.
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and rumination.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 18 ~ Teenagers ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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