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Teaching and the Adolescent Brain

An Educator's Guide


Jeb Schenck (Author)

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Using cognitive neuroscience to rethink traditional teaching methods and strategies.

The concept that educators must help their adolescent students develop better problem-solving skills is well known. However there is little evidence that many classroom educators or administrators are getting any training in how learning takes place in the adolescent brain. Ask a teacher or administrator how their students’ brains learn, and many will have no idea. Then ask if their teaching strategies are in line with how the brain learns and they will still have no idea. Having a strategy of teaching with no understanding of how the brain actually learns is like having a theory about day and night without understanding that the earth rotates.

The neuroeducation approach of this book addresses educational issues from the perspective of how the brain processes information, and how this processing affects thinking and learning. Armed with the latest knowledge from cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and education, readers will gain a comprehensive approach to adolescents that will allow them to teach the whole person. Written by a full-time classroom teacher and researcher on memory, this book presents strategies and skills for educators and focuses on the longest period of a child’s educational life—that of adolescence. Chock full of interventions, instructional strategies, as well as a relevant and understandable distillation of research into how brains actually learn and remember things, this book is indispensible for the classroom teacher and policy makers of the 21st century. Each chapter contains summary and review material making it easy for the reader to translate information from the book right into classroom practice.


“Not only for those working with adolescents, this material is vital for any one working with youth grades 5 and up.... [T]he most comprehensive work available on the adolescent brain, neuroscience research and applications to education available today. It provides much needed context for moving the “brain and learning” agenda into view for practitioners. Every teacher, guidance and psychology-prep program needs to access this book as a central component of pre-service work for teachers of middle and high school students.... [A] purposeful handbook for ongoing use as one interacts with youth, prepares lessons, builds relationships and achieves success with their students!” — Robert Greenleaf, Greenleaf Learning, former professional development specialist at the Education Alliance at Brown University

Teaching and the Adolescent Brain is a masterpiece. Neuroeducation, as explained in this text, is the practical, comprehensive approach to how our brain learns and what the classroom teacher and students can do to improve and engage actual learning. This must-have resource should be placed into the hands of every teacher who wishes to insure the academic success of his or her students. Never has a book been more timely or necessary.” — Sal Lentini, Stony Brook University, School of Professional Development