Meet your child’s teacher
Meet the other teachers in the school
Ask questions
Open the lines of communication
Emerging adolescents
Middle schools
Latimer Award
This generation are :
Optimistic – know they can do anything
Ambitious – expect to have a great job/life
Confident – know their rights
Have a global perspective
Time is measured in seconds
Respond best to visual stimuli
Paradoxical- alcohol / drugs and drop litter but
will eat organic food and be concerned about
global warming
• Less Resilient – don’t bounce as easily, carry
greater baggage, more complications
Core traits of Y Gen kids
Special – we’ve told them they are (PC)
Sheltered – more done for them
Confident – about their place/rights
Achievers – introduced early
Team/group oriented – comfort of others,
don’t stand out individually
• Pressured – socially and mentally
• Coping with greater stress–(or not coping)
PUBERTY –emerging adolescents
Moody Uncommunicative Argumentative
Don’t want to talk and share with you
You know nothing anymore
You are too strict – it’s not fair – everyone else is allowed!
Live in a constant state of mess – everything they own is on the floor.
Hate you at times – and tell you so
No longer value your opinion on clothes, music, friends, trends etc
Hide in the ‘batcave’ – fresh air and sunshine become unimportant
Monosyllabic – even grunting as a response (esp boys)
Roll their eyes heavenward about something you said
Want/expect everything and give little back – take take
Difficulty making decisions
Inappropriate reactions to things
Tell lies/tell it the way they think you want to hear it
Hardwiring the brain
• Birth – 100 billion brain cells
• Baby – 17 % become interconnected
• First decade – increasing ‘grey matter’ and
connections with the first pruning occuring
• No. of connections is determined by amount of
experiences and activities.
• Prior to puberty – growth time for brain.
• During puberty – massive pruning takes place
allowing the brain to ‘invest’ in the connections
most valued by the student.
Hardwiring the brain
We know that dominant behaviours and
frequent activities hard wire the brain
connections – that which we do most
All other connections get ‘pruned’ by our
brains as no longer required.
The adolescent brain
• The prefrontal cortex – not yet developed.
• Reasoning
• Problem solving
• Rational thinking
• Females – mid 20’s
• Males – mid 30’s
• A time to begin separating from their
• Breaking the emotional ties
• Engaging in some risk taking behaviour
• Majority grow out of the phase – self
discipline and acceptable behaviours but
not all.
Not new – since the beginning of time –
methods may have changed.
Pressure to ‘grow up’
• Girls – straight from ‘toys to boy’s
• Real challenge – adjusting to new found
• Boys – develop their secondary sexual
characteristics long before their physical
What does this mean for you?
Parenting adolescents
Be prepared- do some reading-watch Nigel Latta
Don’t necessarily expect to parent the way you were parented
Keep them busy, activities/sport/hobbies
Know your kids friends
Know their parents if possible
Know where your kids are – who they’re with and where they’re going
Be clever about keeping tabs on them- ring other parents and check on
details, keep tabs on computer and cellphone use
Have very clear expectations and consequences if not met
Be Confident
Be Consistent
Listen – be their advocate but don’t necessarily believe everything they tell
you, follow up any concerns
Be the Adult – not their best friend, you set the rules, allow some discussion
but in the end you make the rules
Great reading
“Growing Gorgeous Boys into Great Men”
“The Princess Bitchface Syndrome”
“Before your teenagers drive you crazy, read
this” – Nigel Latta
“Queen Bees and Wannabes”
Why Intermediate?
• Short attention spans for learning.
• Need to attach emotion in order to store to long
term memory. FUN.
• Need variety, choices, challenges and
competition to stay engaged.
• Need a person who affirms them regularly.
• Need uncluttered curriculum.
• Learn best by discussing, sharing and
exchanging ideas.
• Learn through play – experimenting, hands on.
Middle Schooling
• Govt have now recognised the research
into emerging adolescents Years 7 – 10.
• Ministry of Education accredited Middle
Schooling as ‘the’ most critical time for
engaging students and retaining them in
• Specific resources on MOE website
• Specific qualification in teacher training
Work together
• Parenting adolescents is not complicated
but at times it is not easy either.
• We are always here to help.
• If we can’t help we will be able to refer you
to someone else who can.
Latimer Award
• School wide achievement award
• Purpose is to encourage and recognise
participation across variety of school
based curriculum and activities
• Four levels of achievement – Bronze,
Silver, Gold and Distinction
• Four categories – Academic, Sport, Arts
and School Culture
• Community service to achieve distinction
Levels of achievement
• Bronze – completing 3 activities in every
• Silver – completing 4 activities in every
• Gold – completing 5 activities in every
• Distinction – achieving GOLD status and
completing community service component
• Class activities will be attested and signed off by
class teachers
• School activities will be attested and signed off
by the teacher in charge
• Community activities will be attested and signed
off by the appropriate community leader
• Deputy Principal Mrs Gourlay will be the teacher
responsible for collating all achievements
Presentation of awards
• Bars will be awarded as levels are
• Bars will be awarded at the end of term
• Gold and Distinction award winners will be
recognised at the end of year prizegiving
Thank you
Thank you for attending the information
Syndicate teams will now be introduced and
will lead you up to classrooms.
At the conclusion of syndicate meetings
please come back down to meet the rest
of the Staff and BOT members. The
sausages and a cup of tea/coffee will be
ready for you.

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