Dealing with Teenagers
These resources are good for both parents & teachers, and for the students themselves. When you have a better idea of what is going on, you can make better or more realistic decisions.
The Teenage Brain Explained
Being a teenager is hard. Especially when hormones play their part in wreaking havoc on the teenage body and brain. In this episode, Hank explains what is happening to the brain during this angsty-time.
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This article, originally published in the New York Times, gives an overview of what teenagers face when classes start early. And how one Missouri teenager championed later start times at her school.
PBS' FRONTLINE chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers.
Michael Linsin says one of the biggest classroom management mistakes teachers make is that they take disrespectful behavior personally. Better to simply and dispassionately follow your classroom management plan and enforce a consequence. He acknowledges this can be a challenge at times, but a student only wins when they're able to get under your skin.
There's a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web. This site's mission is to "tell it to you straight" and it seems to do a good job of it.
Teens can find honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.
When counseling teens, ask them how much sleep they are getting. Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving incidents, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts.
Research shows that unreasonable start times lead to chronic sleep deprivation in teens. This article looks at why are schools so slow to make changes and the movement to an 8:30 AM (or later) start time.
In this Psychology Today article, Carl E Pickhardt reflects on what young people have reported in counseling about those teachers who seemed to work well for them. The key is creating an atmosphere of acceptance, safety and challenge.
Teenagers are often described as an unwelcome bunch of learners that pose multiple difficulties to teachers. Vicky Saumell has been teaching teenagers for 20 years and offers her top 5 tips for engaging teens.