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About the Author
Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted.
These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents. But what if 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 and high school educators can do to make the most of their students' potential.
Thoroughly grounded in current neurological 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 and the passive, rote learning experiences that are all too often provided at the secondary level. 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.
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THOMAS ARMSTRONG is an award-winning author and speaker with over 35 years of teaching experience from the primary through the doctoral level. More than 1 million copies of his books are in print on issues related to learning and human development. His books have been translated into 25 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Danish, and Russian. Read more
brain and learning
21st century learning | active and project-based learning | student engagement and motivation | instructional strategies | teaching
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