VCE Health and Human Development - Digi Dialogues

Unit 2 Curriculum Story Lesson plan Student work

Unit 2 - Individual human development and health issues

Lesson plan: Classification of the stages of adulthood

Unit 2:

Individual human development and health issues

Area of study 3:

Adult health and individual development

Key knowledge

  • Different classifications of the stages of adulthood

Key skill

  • Describe stages of adulthood and ageing

Learning intention

Students will explore different views about the characteristics and classifications of the stages of adulthood.

Description

Students complete a PMI (Pluses, Minuses and Interesting) on their personal perceptions of adulthood, followed by three class polls using Poll Everywhere. They complete a Think Ink Pair Share to a set of questions and complete an activity on the stages of adulthood and the characteristics of each stage.

How will digital learning be integrated into this lesson?

  • Poll Everywhere will be used for the class polls. Poll Everywhere is a web 2.0 tool that creates survey questions. Students can reply to the survey questions using a digital device. Real-time responses can be displayed online or in a PowerPoint presentation. Question types include true-false, multiple choice, open ended or as word clusters/clouds.

Why?

  • Gain an understanding of the variety of perspectives relating to adulthood and ageing

Preparation

  • Set up class polls using Poll Everywhere
  • Students will need access to either a smart phone or an iPad or computer with an internet connection.

Lesson procedure

  • Ask the students to complete the PMI activity individually and discuss responses as a group.
  • The teacher introduces the topic of perceptions of adulthood by asking students to complete a PMI activity Students are to reflect on the following questions:
    • What are you looking forward to during your adulthood? Why?
    • What parts of your childhood will you miss the most when you are an adult? Why?
    • What aspects of adulthood are you unsure or excited about?
  • Students record their answers to these questions on the student worksheet. As a class discuss the student responses to the PMI.
  • Students then respond to the poll by using either their mobile phone or the Poll Everywhere website by entering the code provided. Students select ‘yes’ of they agree with each statement and ‘no’ if they disagree.
  • The teacher instructs the students on how to answer the poll questions using their mobile phone or the Poll Everywhere website.
    • Poll 1: Create a ‘yes/no’ poll for the following statements:
    • An adult has more serious relationships
    • Adults are over the age 21
    • Adults live away from their parents
    • Adults pay their own bills
    • Adults have finished their education
    • Adults have a partner and children
    • Adults are solely responsible for themselves
    • Everybody is an adult once they turn 18
    • When you are an adult, you can’t have fun

Technology

Poll Everywhere

  • Students reflect on the class answers to the poll and contribute to a class discussion about the results by discussing class responses and identifying any trends evident in the poll results and reasons for the responses. Questions could include:
    • What are you looking forward to during your adulthood?
    • What aspects of adulthood are you not looking forward to?
    • What parts of your childhood will you miss the most?
    • Should your age determine if you are an adult?
  • Students then use their mobile phone or the Poll Everywhere website to responding to Poll 2, which relates to early, middle and late adulthood. Teachers will create a word-cloud poll for each of the following questions.
    • At what age do you become a young adult?
    • At what age do you enter middle adulthood?
    • At what age do you enter late adulthood?
  • After students complete Poll 2, discuss any trends evident, or any similarities and differences between responses, and possible reasons for these. Questions could include:
    • At what age do you think people should be considered an adult?
    • Should your age determine if you are an adult?
    • What factors/events do you associate with each of the stages of adulthood (early, middle and late)?
  • Students then use their mobile phone or the Poll Everywhere website to respond to each question by entering the code for their preferred alternative to each question for Poll 3 related to concept of the of the age an adult changing over time.
  • The teacher creates the following multiple choice questions on the poll.
    • From which social group did your grandparents learn what it means to be an adult?
      1. Family
      2. Friends
      3. TV/Radio
      4. Magazines
      5. Social media
    • From which social group will you learn what it means to be an adult?
      1. Family
      2. Friends
      3. TV/Radio
      4. Magazines
      5. Social media
  • After students complete the Poll 3, as a class, discuss any trends evident, or any similarities and differences between responses, and possible reasons for these. Questions could include:
    • Is it reasonable to expect young people to take the same expected path to adulthood? (for example; finish education, work, marry, have children) their parent’s did?
    • Is our concept of an adult out dated in our society?
  • Students then complete a ‘Think Ink Pair Share’ to the following questions
    • At what age do you think people should be considered an adult?
    • Do you think it is reasonable to expect young people to take the same expected path to adulthood as their parents? e.g. ages at which to finish education, work, marry, have children.
    • Is our concept of an adult out-dated in our society?
  • Students firstly ‘think and ink’ their responses to the questions on Part 3 of the student worksheet. Students ‘pair’ with a partner and discuss their responses to the questions. Students review and revise their ideas based on the discussion with their partner. Pairs then share their ideas with either a larger group or the rest of the class.
  • Students then complete part 4 of the student worksheet, which summaries the stages of adulthood and characteristics of each stage.

Further information

Digital Deck: Online polls and surveys
Poll Everywhere: How it works
Sociamind: Running an interactive forum in the 21st century
Worksheet Works: Create a PMI

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