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Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Brain

Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Brain
Ten Powerful Ideas

November 2007 | 168 pages | Corwin
This volume offers the latest in neuroscientific research about the teenage brain and explores what it means for the socio-emotional and intellectual development of teenagers. The book is designed to help teachers create and utilize more effective learning experiences for their adolescent students. Using ten powerful ideas that will help teachers create more effective brain compatible classrooms, the author draws the ideas from what we presently know about the teenage brain and its development, and integrates them with current ideas and theories on intelligence and learning. Each of the 10 powerful ideas includes:

- case studies and numerous examples of teaching strategies and activities designed to show teachers how to translate the theory of the ten ideas into workable classroom practice

- descriptions of the changing and differing roles and expectations for both teachers and students in the brain-compatible classroom

- extensive explanations of the kind of learning environment we need to establish and how teachers ought to go about establishing this desired learning environment.

This is an ideal resource for teachers, teacher educators, and parents of teenagers.

About the Author
Part I. Discovering the Teenage Brain
1. Introduction: The Creatures in the Classroom! Those Exasperating and Unfathomable Teenagers
How Do We Reach and Teach Those Unpredictable Teenage Brains?

Wanted: A New Approach to Teaching Teenagers!

Why Educators Need to Learn About the Teenage Brain

Brain-Compatible Teaching and the New Science of Learning

The Emergence of a New Pedagogical Model

2. Adolescence and the Teenage Brain--What Is Different and How Do We Know?
Adolescence--Just the Quick Facts!

The Teenage Brain--What We Had Believed

How Neuroscience and Medical Technology Are Changing Our Ideas About the Teenage Brain

The Future of Brain Imaging

3. Big Changes in the Teenage Brain: What We Have Learned and Are Learning
The Teenage Brain--A Work in Progress

From Back to Front: Brain Growth, Neuron Proliferation and Pruning, Myelin Development

What It All Means (We Think!)

Looking Back at Part I : Reflection and Review

Part II. Ten Powerful Ideas About the Brain and Learning and What It Means for Teaching the Teenage Brain
4. Powerful Idea #1: Constructing New Knowledge
What Powerful Idea #1 Means for Teachers: Helping Teenagers Construct Personal Meaning

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Saving the Old Victoria Street School"

Constructivist Teaching Strategies

5. Powerful Idea #2: Different Ways of Learning
Being Smart-- Human Intelligence

Preferred Ways of Learning--Our Learning Styles

What Powerful Idea #2 Means for Teachers: Teaching to Each Unique Brain

Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Brain: Six Things You Ought to Do

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Ms. Taylor's Meteorology Unit"

6. Powerful Idea #3: Making Meaning, Connections, and Patterns
What Powerful Idea #3 Means for Teachers: Developing Pattern Making and Detecting Abilities

Some Strategies for You to Consider

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Mrs. Parasiuk's Poetry Class"

7. Powerful Idea #4: Whole-Brain Learning
Left, Right, or Both Brains?

What Powerful Idea #4 Means for Teachers: Effective Ways to Make Your Classroom Teaching Whole Brain

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Whole-Brain Assessment in Mr. Amos' Horticulture Class"

8. Powerful Idea #5: Multiple Memory Pathways
Different Kinds of Memory--Declarative Versus Procedural

Learning and Memory

What Powerful Idea #5 Means for Teachers: Using Multiple Memory Pathways

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Mrs. Singh's Musical Science"

9. Powerful Idea #6: Physical Activity and Movement
Exercise For the Brain

What Powerful Idea #6 Means for Teachers: Utilizing Physical Activity to Enhance Learning

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Kinesthetic Learning in High School Biology"

10. Powerful Idea #7: Memory, Learning, and Emotion
Too Much or Too Little?

The Impact of High Stress and Threat

Brain Attention and Focus

Motivation and Engagement

What Powerful Idea #7 Means for Teachers: Managing the Emotional Environment of the Classroom

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "The Affirmative Mr. Hawkes"

11. Powerful Idea #8: Reflection and Self-Assessment
Knowing Oneself



What Powerful Idea #8 Means for Teachers: Developing Reflective Learners

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Feedback and Reflection in the Visual Arts Class"

12. Powerful Idea #9: Social Interaction and Learning
What Powerful Idea #9 Means for Teachers: Providing for Social Interaction and Collaboration

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "A Jigsaw Activity in High School Political History"

13. Powerful Idea #10: Time and Timing
When Is the Best Time?

An Optimal Time to Learn

An Optimal Time Pattern for Learning

The Optimal Times During the Learning Episode

The Optimal Times During the Day

What Powerful Idea #10 Means for Teachers: Taking Advantage of Time and Timing

How It Might Look--A Case Study: "Mrs. Gregory's Lesson Planning"

Looking Back at Part II - Reflection and Review

Part III. The Classroom Environment and What Teachers and Students Should Be Doing
14. The Learning Environment
The Physical Environment

The Socioemotional Environment

The Intellectual Environment

15. The Brain-Compatible Teacher: Changing and Evolving Roles
A Complex and Challenging Profession!

The Teacher as Facilitator, Orchestrator, and Conductor

The Teacher as Coach and Model

The Teacher as Continuous Learner

The Teacher as Monitor, Assessor, and Evaluator

The Teacher as a Resource

16. Teenage Students: Higher Expectations and New Roles
What We Want and Need From Our Teenage Students

Looking Back at Part III - Reflection and Review

Part IV. Now What? So What?-- Reflecting Upon What We Have Learned
17. What Does It All Mean?
A Quick Review: The Important Things We Have Learned

What Do We Need to Do to Help Teenagers Reach Their Potential?

Some Final Thoughts: Opening Doorways to Possibilities

Wanted: An Epidemic for an Idea

Suggested Readings

"For people not familiar with current brain research, this book will be quite useful."

David Brock, AP Biology Instructor
Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, MD

“The information is practical, and the examples make the material very easy to apply. The tone of the book is perfect for educators of middle and high school students—there’s just the right amount of humor about the idiosyncrasies of this age group, as well as an appreciation for the rewards of teaching and working with adolescents.”

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Teacher
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, IA

"Provides an excellent overview of the current research and knowledge on brain functioning."

Mary Little, Associate Professor
University of Central Florida

"A thought-provoking resource firmly grounded in research and best practice, this handbook of exemplary ideas for teaching the teenage brain is organized in a brain-friendly format and includes a wealth of brain-friendly instructional strategies, from engaging activators to rich opportunities for reflection. A must-read for all educators and an excellent resource for faculty study groups and book clubs."

Susan LeBel, Programs Coordinator
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Nova Scotia, Canada

"Any teaching library needs this."

California Bookwatch, January 2008
Midwest Book Review

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