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Does maturity affect productivity in teens and young adults?

About Me

Bonjour, my name is Michelle Armitage. I am a sophomore in Schlagle High School. I love to write and think about things that are going on in the world around me that I could possibly change as I grow older and wiser. For most of my life I grew up in Kansas City, Kansas but I'm originally from Portland, Oregon. Many things interest me, including what others my age think about the world around us opposed to me who is curious but scared of the world beyond what I already know.

Essential Question

My essential question is.....Does maturity affect productivity in teens and young adults?

I chose this question because I have wondered if maturity is the main cause of students failing in school and early life. I want to be able to provide adequate evidence on whether or not maturity levels really affect teens and young adults so that we as the human race maybe able to fix the problem of failure in early life.

Explanation of topic

I already know that depending on your maturity, you tend to do certain things. For example, someone who is mature would be more likely to do their work whereas someone who is immature might not do their work.

I hope to learn whether or not maturity actually affects productivity of others or if it is more of putting your mind to it and getting it done.

I hope that those who read this, learn more about the world and understand whether maturity really affects the things they do day to day.

My Process

Through out this assignment the information has been few and far between. Even then most of the information is mostly speculation since we are still unsure of how our brains work. I have found six links and I'm still searching in order to fully understand not only my self but also my peers.

The teen years explained

This site talks about how the brains development effects even the sleeping patterns in adolescents. "Teens are often drowsy upon waking, tired during the day, and wakeful at night". "In adolescence, the brain's biological clock, or circadian rhythm, shifts forward". "Sleep debt also has a powerful effect on a teen's ability to learn and retain new material". In other words, the brain of adolescents causes many changes and can effect different things in an adolescent's life.

Why it takes so long to mature

This article talks about how maturity can come about when a challenging situation comes about. For example, when children have their own children thrown into the mix. Some will abandon those children when they realize they are not ready while other step up to the challenge and reach maturity.

Adolescent development and juvenile justice

This article talks about an area of the brain called the pre-frontal lobes. These areas deal with advanced thinking processes such as planning ahead, controlling emotions and impulses, and weighing the risk and reward of a decision before acting. If these areas didn't develop more, we as humans would be more like children than wise adults.

Walk in my shoes inside the teen brain

The frontal lobe is very late to mature, and stays that way til about age 25. Because of this, teens are prone to act impulsively. Whenever there's high emotion the frontal lobe is relatively taxed.

This would explain why some adolescents act different than others. For example, the responsible student is more likely to keep their good grades or their work ethic up rather than the student who feels that what their doing is a waste of time.

Adolescent Health Screening

Developmental Stages of Adolescents: There are three stages. Early, Middle, and Late Adolescence. Early adolescence starts roughly around the ages of 11-14 or middle to early high school. During this time young people reach sexual maturity but not mental maturity.

Middle adolescence starts roughly around the ages of 15-17 or though out high school. During this time the physical changes may start to settle down and the mental maturity begins to come about.

Late adolescence starts roughly around the ages of 18-21. During this time there is both sexual or physical maturity as well as the mental maturity that is needed for the real world.

Keep in mind that these stages happen at different times for different people, but this would explain somewhat as to why maturity comes about at different times for different people.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Future Steps

My future steps are to not only to continue searching this topic but also study how the human brain works. I may share what I have found to teachers and parents alike so maybe we can better understand how to motive kids to learn.


We don't fully understand our brains and how they work. Though when looking into why certain cases, like the video above we find even more puzzles and secrets of our own brains. So no matter how far we get we still don't understand yet an adolescent's brain is far more confusing than that of an adult. An adolescent's brain is imprint-able and mold-able. It tends to cause teens and young adults to act more on impulse until a wrong turn is made which pushes the adolescent to change and learn from their mistakes.