Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted.
These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents.
But what is we recast these traits in a positive light? Teens possess insight,
passion, idealism, sensitivity and creativity in abundance – all qualities that
can make a significant positive contribution to society.
In this thought-provoking book, Thomas Armstrong looks at
the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based
perspective – and describes what middle years and high school educators can do
to make the most of their students’ potential.
Thoroughly grounded in current
neuroscience research, the book explains what we know about how the adolescent
brain works and proposes eight essential instructional elements that will help
students develop the ability to think, make healthy choices, regulate their
emotions, handle social conflict, consolidate their identities and learn enough
about the world to move into adulthood with dignity and grace.
Armstrong provides practical
strategies and real-life examples from schools that illustrate these eight key
practices in action. In addition, you’ll find a glossary of brain terms, a
selection of brain-friendly lesson plans across the content areas and a list of
resources to support and extend the book’s ideas and practices.
There is a colossal mismatch between how the adolescent
brain has evolved over the millennia and the passive, rote learning experience
that are all too common in today’s test-obsessed educational climate. See the
amazing difference – in school and beyond – when you use the insights from this
book to help students tap into the power of their changing brains.