Let's face it - the weather is more predictable than the average teenager. Suddenly, even the brightest and most cooperative students become argumentative and distracted. The good news is there are ways you can navigate these abrupt shifts and still be an effective teacher. Recent neuroscience findings have revealed that the teenage brain is actually undergoing developmental changes that can cause extremely erratic behavior. Although you can't change these behaviours, this new resource demonstrates ways you can adapt your teaching style to effectively reach and teach teenagers. In the first chapter of this lighthearted but informative book, you will explore the biology of the teenager's brain. Then, chapters two through six answer questions about specific characteristics of the teenage brain that seem most puzzling to teachers and parents - changes in cognition, the need to socialize, difficulty communicating ideas and feelings, building a self-identity, and why some adolescents engage in risky behaviour. You'll be entertained by the accounts of real-life experiences (you might recognize these teenagers from your classroom!) and then enlightened by the research-based teaching strategies for managing their everyday difficulties, conflicts, and crises.With the proper tools, teaching adolescents has never been more rewarding!
Table of Contents
Foreword Teen Brain: Under Construction Teen Cognition and Learning The Social Brain Communication and the Unfinished Brain Self-Concept Under Attack The Risk-Taking Brain Reaching & Teaching Today's Adolescents--Tomorrow! In Summary Bibliography Index About the Author
Sheryl G. Feinstein is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she teaches courses in educational psychology and adolescent development. She also serves as an educational consultant for an adolescent correctional facility in Minnesota. She has worked with adolescents as a public school teacher and as a K--12 curriculum coordinator; she has also served as director at an alternative secondary school. She is the author of numerous books and during the 2007-2008 school year she was a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania, where she continued her research on adolescents.