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Engaging 'Tweens and Teens

Engaging 'Tweens and Teens
A Brain-Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle and High School Students

August 2006 | 232 pages | Corwin

This book is a featured text in a Canter graduate course, The Adolescent Brain™ 6-12 .

"A must read for all educators who want to get inside the teenage brain."

—Eric Jensen, Author and Consultant

"Masterfully distills brain research into easily understood concepts, connecting each to simple teaching methods that lead to peak academic performance."
—Jeff Haebig, President, Wellness Quest

Make connections in the adolescent brain!

Teachers and parents know all too well that teens are one of the most unpredictable forces of nature. Armed with a solid understanding of subject matter and the very best of intentions, even the most skillful teachers face roadblocks in decoding the frustrating and often puzzling behavior of adolescents. New findings in brain research, however, are shedding light on teenage behavior. In this much-needed book, author Raleigh Philp incorporates what's known about neurobiology and illustrates practical methods for creating meaningful learning experiences.

Guiding middle and high school teachers through brain-based educational practice, Engaging Tweens and Teens explores:

  • Common emotional states of students in grades 6–12
  • Effective techniques that prevent students from mentally checking out
  • Familiar technologies to engage learners, such as blogs, wikis, and iPods
  • Music as part of classroom instruction—from classical to pop to hip hop
  • Risk-taking behaviors such as violence and substance abuse

Combining what the heart says with knowledge of how the adolescent brain works, teachers are sure to improve the social and academic outcomes of their students.

About the Author
1. What We Know About the Brain and Learning: Integrating Neuroscience, Psychology, and Education
2. Mapping the Brain: New Findings in Brain Research
3. Environmental and Genetic Effects on the Developing Brain
4. The Brain During Adolescence: Making Sense of Technology, Media, Social Status, and Education
5. Making Material Meaningful: Connecting Emotions and Learning
6. Stress and the Brain-Body Connection: Restoring Balance in the Classroom
7. Managing Students’ Physiological States for Engaged Learning
8. Using Music Effectively to Enhance Learning
9. This is Your Brain On…: Understanding and Curbing Adolescent Substance Abuse
10. Drugs That Enhance Student Achievement: Good Kids Making Bad Decisions

"A remarkable blend of scientific and practical strategies. Full of heart, creativity, scientific veracity, and wisdom. A must-read for all educators who want to get inside the teenage brain."

Eric Jensen, Author and Consultant

"Discusses a variety of neuroscientific findings relevant to classroom teachers and their students, and includes many practical tips. A tremendous resource for educators and parents!"

Eric H. Chudler, Director of Education and Outreach
University of Washington

"Masterfully distills brain research into easily understood concepts, connecting each to simple teaching methods that lead to peak academic performance."

Jeff Haebig, President
Wellness Quest

"Explains the latest advances in neuro-cognitive science and supports them with practical classroom applications. This book demystifies the what, why, and how of brain-compatible teaching."

Sheryl Feinstein, Author, Secrets of the Teenage Brain
Author, Secrets of the Teenage Brain

"Easier to read than most, because of the excellent text structure, illustrations, and attractive layout. This book can be used as a 1-chapter, 20-minute study with an application strategy; such a mini-workshop exercise can be both fun and instructive."

Teacher Librarian, April 2007
Key features
Every chapter features:
  • "The Educational Connection" – applications of neuroscientific findings to middle and high school classrooms
  • "Engaging the Brain Through Activities" -- end-of-chapter activities specific to the chapter's contents
  • An annotated selection of books to enhance understanding of ideas explored in each chapter
  • A summary that highlights critical topics covered 

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