Hormonal changes during adolescence will give rise to mood swings and frequent changes in temperament as teens are still learning how to control and express emotions in an adult way. During this time, they are learning to read and process other people’s emotions. However, teens can sometimes misread the facial expressions and body language of others. They will fluctuate between feeling on top of the world one moment and depressed the next. These responses will be exaggerated, and emotions will be intense. Acting impulsively is typical, rebellion is common. Teens commonly test the limits of acceptable behaviours.

These emotional changes make teens feel more self-conscious, especially about their physical appearance and they will often compare themselves with friends and peers.

During adolescence, teenagers are seeking answers about who they are and where they fit. They are wanting to be more independent as their adult identity is being shaped. Teens may want to spend less time with family and more time with friends. Conflict between parents and children during the teenage years is normal as teens begin forming their own values about the world and question different points of view. At the same time teens need frequent reminders that their ‘significant’ adults care​.

At CCC teachers make learning more engaging by designing lessons that tap into students’ emotions. This is proven to aid memory​. Our teachers use investigations and problem-solving opportunities to encourage students to ask and answer questions​. Students are often allowed to make choices in their learning based from their personal interests. Peer collaboration is encouraged, making use of the range of academic and social maturities within each class. Our teachers also acknowledge the critical importance of building positive and respectful relationships with students – knowing interests, showing care and establishing clear expectations and boundaries.

– Article by Vicki Venz (Head of Middle Years)