The early teen and pre-teen years are an extraordinary period of our human development; psychological, physical and emotional changes cause turbulence in the minds of adolescents. The only other time we grow as much physically, emotionally, and intellectually is from ages zero to two. Early adolescence is much more than growing taller and calling friends on the phone to discuss a variety of issues. Yes, during this time friends start becoming more important and s/he starts paying greater attention to her/his looks. The ways we deal with conflict, relationships, and personal development as adults have direct connections to specific experiences we had between the ages of 10 and 14. As teachers, we can create a very positive future, if we provide careful and compassionate experiences, for today’s young adolescents.
The author is principal, Pallavi Model School, Secunderabad. She can be reached at