This article presents five strategies that encourage student voice and choice as they are forming a sense of self. These range from having students choose their own reading books, using student polls, asking students to weigh in on school policies and other issues, and having students select their own academic program including electives and independent study.Source:
Thomas Armstrong, Education Week, January 17, 2017Description:
Between the ages of 13 and 20, teenagers must develop an authentic “person” out of many possible selves derived from peers, cliques, mass media, and role models. The German-born American psychoanalyst Erik Erikson regarded these years as a struggle between “identity formation” and “role confusion,” out of which a teenager will either establish an enduring sense of self or instead continue to search for identity in gangs, ideologies, bad romances, or other societal black holes. One of the best ways to engage students in a process of “person-building” is to provide them with frequent opportunities in the classroom to make meaningful choices….Read the full article here!