Understanding What Your High School Teens Are Learning – GlossyNews.com
Your high school isn’t always pleasant to deal with. It can be grueling to cope with emotional turmoil during such a young age and to endure the lack of support. Furthermore, those “bad” kids seem to be able to get away with anything because of the overwhelming support they gain from their peers.
However, just like many of us, their value system is not necessarily what you should adopt or bemoan. They can be raised with their culture, and they can also be raised within a culture.
So, how do you develop a school culture that encourages individuality and supports students that may need it the most? Here are some ways to start.
Assure Everyone that they are All Special
It takes a lot of energy and effort to be an absolute fish out of water. A Marine, for example, knows that he needs to keep moving forward, even if it takes him a whole lot of gas to do so. As he should be, he wants to serve his country to the best of his ability. However, he knows that he needs to develop his own way of thinking and plan to succeed.
On the other hand, a high school student is going to come up short in a lot of ways if they can’t find a way to move forward. Some may need that extra push to motivate them to put in the work and succeed, but those students will be the ones most in need of such motivation, and teachers should ensure that those students get help where they can.
Keep Your Cool
A good deal of high school students are big deal-makers. We have experienced this with many of the students who participated in our research for “Why We Cheat”. Some of them are even very smart, and their education is on the rise, so it’s easy to see how they can be used as well as abused. Yet, some of these same students spend some time struggling with their sense of identity, and these are the kids that need help the most.
Embracing your own identity while also being sensitive to that of the students around you will help you keep the social order balanced, not push individuals beyond the breaking point. While it is important that we not forget that good will is required to encourage ourselves and improve ourselves in the face of all that we are, it is also essential that we not reinforce bullying and the cruel treatment of others.
Be Open to All Experiences
We tend to equate cyberbullying with teenagers themselves doing something to each other because it is so easy. However, it can also be something that a teacher inadvertently does. Furthermore, it is easier to minimize the damage that is inflicted on a child’s psyche when your workplace does not cover it up.
Teachers should be sure to document bullying incidents and other events that can affect students. Additionally, teachers should know what the guidelines and policies on such things are in order to better handle the issue in their schools. To take their own part in addressing bullying, teachers should make sure that everyone knows that they will take steps to make sure that it stops.
Educate the Children
Although cyberbullying is difficult to measure, just like it is difficult to measure the true impact of bullying, there is no shortage of reasons for how it can affect and damage a child’s sense of self-esteem. A lot of the work in support centers looks toward providing proper academic support while keeping the school environment positive. Teachers in the field of substance abuse have noted that much of the impact of problems that students face can be mitigated when they receive good coaching.
Once a course of action is set in motion to help the student deal with their own issues, teachers have an opportunity to go a step further. Studies have shown that one of the most common ways that bullies are able to be so powerful is when the victims are not confident. Therefore, identifying and identifying motivation should become a priority, because it is then that one can help keep them from feeling unworthy.
Linda Flanagan, Ph.D., RD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a very special interest in mental health issues. Her working practice is located in Lansing, MI. You can reach her at [email protected]