Ch 1: MTTC Middle Level: The Nature of Early Adolescence

About This Chapter

When studying for the MTTC: Middle Level exam, use the lessons of this chapter to improve your understanding of the stages of adolescent development; physical, cognitive and social changes during adolescence; and the role schools play in adolescent development.

MTCC Middle Level: The Nature of Early Adolescence - Chapter Summary

As part of a study guide course for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Middle Level exam, the mobile-device-friendly lesson videos of this chapter will help you study the social, physical and cognitive development that takes place during the stages of adolescence. Each lesson is taught by an expert instructor who is also available to help you with any questions you may have, so that you may gain a full understanding of:

  • Characteristics and stages of adolescence
  • Physical growth and sexual development during adolescence
  • Social and identity development of adolescents
  • Schools' role in the social and emotional development of adolescents
  • Creativity and intelligence of adolescents
  • Effects of peers on adolescent development
  • Adolescent development and gender differences

Once you've watched a lesson video, read its lesson transcript to fortify your understanding of the information presented in it. After you've completed the lessons and quizzes of the chapter, gauge your comprehension of the nature of early adolescence and your readiness for the MTTC: Middle Level exam by taking the practice chapter test.

MTCC Middle Level: The Nature of Early Adolescence Objectives

The MTTC: Middle Level exam is used by the state of Michigan to ensure that future middle grades teachers understand the pedagogy and philosophy of teaching middle grades classes as well as the nature of early adolescence. For this paper-based certification exam, you will be asked to respond to 100 multiple-choice questions in a four-hour and 30-minute testing session. A computer-based version of the exam is also available, and it has a time limit of two hours and 30 minutes along with the same number of multiple-choice questions. Of these questions, expect 18% of them to be about the nature of early adolescence.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTTC Middle Level: The Nature of Early Adolescence
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What Is Adolescence? - Definition, Stages & Characteristics

1. What Is Adolescence? - Definition, Stages & Characteristics

Did you know that there are three stages of adolescence? Learn more about adolescence, its stages, and the characteristics of each stage. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Adolescence Stage of Development: Definition & Explanation

2. Adolescence Stage of Development: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn about the key aspects that define the stage of human development known as adolescence. Following the lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your new knowledge by taking a short quiz.

Physical Growth in Adolescence

3. Physical Growth in Adolescence

Adolescents go through many physical changes. Watch this lesson to find out some of the physical developments that happen during adolescence, including those related to puberty, growth spurts and gender differences in growth.

Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

4. Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

Adolescents often go through a process of discovering what they believe and who they are. In this lesson, we will examine how a teenager develops his or her self concept and identity. We will also take a look at common factors that influence a teen's identity.

The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development

5. The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development

Every parent knows how much school can influence a child. But in what ways is this influence positive? In this lesson, we'll examine how going to school can impact a child's development, including how children learn from each other and how motivation impacts achievement.

Creativity and Intelligence in Adolescence

6. Creativity and Intelligence in Adolescence

You know that emotional and physical changes take place during adolescence, but what about intellectual changes? Learn about the behavior of IQ during this time and find out why it is important to encourage creativity in adolescents.

Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

7. Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

Adolescence is a time of change for most people. In this lesson, we'll look at the changes that occur in adolescence, including why peer groups become so important to teenagers and how school affects development.

Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

8. Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

In this lesson, explore the changes that take place during puberty. You will meet Dick and Jane as they experience these changes, and you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Gender Differences in Adolescent Development

9. Gender Differences in Adolescent Development

Adolescence is a time of growth and change. Some of these changes are different in boys and girls, though. In this lesson, we'll examine gender differences in emotional and brain development during adolescence.

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