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Stepping stones #24 : The Homestretch
The final years are challenging ones as adolescents undergo an explosion of biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that characterize the transition into adulthood. During these years children undergo puberty and are capable of reproduction. Their thinking becomes more abstract and logical. Ashley is a 16 year old inner city teenager who is determined to become a renowned writer and poet. Perhaps the most strong contributor to Ashley's success is her own personality. She is a remarkable teenager, midway through her adolescents, she already has a strong sense of who she is and where she is going. She is one of the most responsible and disciplined 16 year olds. What makes her accomplishments more remarkable is that she achieved them within a difficult environment. Ashley, her mother and stepfather live in the inner city of a major metropolitan area, where gangs and violence are apart of daily life. Ashley is the type of person who is not afraid to look or be different.
Bayleigh is a 13 year old who is already assuming an adult role at the hospital that saved her life.She is just entering adolescents but seems much older. This may because her developmental path was disrupted by a traumatic physical affect. At 6 years old she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She went through surgery that was unsuccessful. Bayleigh was treated for a tumor of the eye nerve by St. Judes hospital for free of charge. She is virtually blind in her left eye. In spite of all of her medical crisis, her daily life is typical for a teenager. Her ordeal has given her an effort to repay what she feels as a huge debt to St. Jude hospital. She has become a frequent speaker at fundraisers.
Alejandro is a 17 year old who will settle for nothing less than an Olympic gold medal. His goal to win a medal in the Olympics is so important to him that he left his family, friends and country behind to live in the US. He was only 14 years old at the time. His father played basketball in the Olympics. His brother came to the US several years ago to train with the same team as his brother. So his talent has a genetic basis, one that you can see in his build. This type of schedule doesn’t leave time to make new friends in a new country. Away from home there are cultural differences to adjust as well. He thinks in the US teenagers are more careless about things. I tend to agree. Now that he is here he has to make hard decisions on a daily basis. He juggles his swimming schedule with the rest of his life. Alejandro's ability to stick to his goals is admirable at the same time it may have interrupted the process of forging an identity.
What is the most interesting or valuable thing that you learn
The most interesting thing that I learned was that all three of these teenagers were on their way to forming their own identity. In other words an identity for the next phase of their lives. Every teenager and person for that matter is different, physically and mentally. Everyone progresses at different speeds. Everyone goes through different phases. I believe that If you have a nurturing family that can help you through the tough times, it really helps a lot. It also is very important to have great role models in your life, besides family, such as teachers, coaches, church leaders, peers and even celebrities!
How could you use the information in this video in working with children or families?
I would say that I would use the information in the video by trying to understand as a teacher that every child grows at different speeds. I have witnessed it so many times at my school. I think that the more that I could learn and pass on to parents and families would have a great significance. Experience is a magnificent learning tool, one of the best.