Attack of the Teenage Brain: Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner

Attack of the Teenage Brain: Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner

by John Medina


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Marvel at the neuroscientific reasons why smart teens make dumb decisions!

Behold the mind-controlling power of executive function!

Thrill to a vision of a better school for the teenage brain!

Whether you're a parent interacting with one adolescent or a teacher interacting with many, you know teens can be hard to parent and even harder to teach. The eye-rolling, the moodiness, the wandering attention, the drama. It's not you, it's them. More specifically, it's their brains.

In accessible language and with periodic references to Star Trek, motorcycle daredevils, and near-classic movies of the '80s, developmental molecular biologist John Medina, author of the New York Times best-seller Brain Rules, explores the neurological and evolutionary factors that drive teenage behavior and can affect both achievement and engagement. Then he proposes a research-supported counterattack: a bold redesign of educational practices and learning environments to deliberately develop teens' cognitive capacity to manage their emotions, plan, prioritize, and focus.

Attack of the Teenage Brain! is an enlightening and entertaining read that will change the way you think about teen behavior and prompt you to consider how else parents, educators, and policymakers might collaborate to help our challenging, sometimes infuriating, often weird, and genuinely wonderful kids become more successful learners, in school and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416625490
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 03/12/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 166,903
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist with special research interests in the isolation and characterization of genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. Medina has spent most of his professional life as an analytical research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research issues related to mental health. He holds an affiliate faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Medicine in its Department of Bioengineering, where he has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering, the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year, and twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year.

Table of Contents

Part I: A Bridge Over an Educational Chasm
1. All About Executive Function
Part II: Why Rational Teens Make Rash Choices
2. Brain Structure
3. Brain Development
Part III: A Better School for the Teenage Brain: What Adults Can Do
4. Safety, Parenting, and Parent Support
5. Teaching with Executive Function in Mind
Part IV: A Better School for the Teenage Brain: What Teens Can Do (and How Adults Can Help)
6. Exercise Integration
7. Social-Emotional Learning
8. Screen Time Meets Mindfulness Training
Epilogue: Building That Bridge
About the Author

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