MemberSeptember 28, 2021 at 8:27 am
The teenage years span seven years of observing, experiencing and reflecting upon a wide range of life challenges, many specific to age and development stage.
To be meaningful and practical, SEL provision must be contextualised around specific life events common to teenagers. Teachers and students can then choose those that are most appropriate and relevant for them at a particular time of their life.
Early teenage stage (13-15 years old) learning modules might include dealing with friendships and managing social media, whilst later stage (16-19 years old) modules might steer towards key life transitions, for example, preparing for exams and interviews, transitioning into further education, or dealing with your first job.
Of course, we must take care not to assume the relationship between age and development stage is the same for all teenagers. Some will develop quicker than others, whilst some may stay at a particular stage for some time before moving on.
Considering age, development stage, life challenges being faced, and the wellbeing needs of the individual, are all important for delivering successful social-emotional learning in the teenage years.
Dr Leila Khouja Walker has been working in the education sector for 25 years. An ex-teacher and pastoral deputy head, she is now a respected edtech and pedagogy thought-leader, leading development of the personality insights social-emotional learning app Persona Life Skills, at Bristol (UK) based edtech company Persona Education.
Leila and her team at Persona Education are knowledge partners of the WISE Edtech Accelerator. Alongside partners like them, the WISE edtech team are able to better understand the learning landscape across edtech and in turn, create a global community of edtech specialists focused on accelerating learning innovation.