How can you help teens thrive now and for life? Support them as whole learners. Developing independence and shared responsibility. Collaborating and communicating effectively. Establishing valuable work habits. Harnessing emotions. Finding motivation. We all want teens to acquire these vital skills and engage meaningfully in academics. In this insightful and culturally responsive guide, Poliner and Benson integrate these lifelong skills into daily practices through • Practical applications for diverse populations in every class, advisory, team, or club • The latest research on best practices from adolescent psychology, neuroscience, mental health, and school climate • Tools for teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents to help teens succeed now and later in school, home, workplace, and community. Teaching the Whole Teen supports adolescents and adults within the school to thrive. “This treasure-trove of inventive, concrete ideas offers a gift to our profession.” Roland Barth, Educator “…the book to turn to when you are working with teens, when you desperately need help, when seeking solace.” John Hattie, Professor & Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute University of Melbourne “…explicitly addresses the unique needs of students of color, students from poverty, and immigrant students in ways that other books don’t; should be read by every middle and high school educator.” Zaretta Hammond, Educational Consultant “…manifests the best thinking in modern education” Rick Wormeli, Teacher, Writer, Education Consultant “What a treat to read! Every principal will benefit from reading it.” Thomas Hoerr, Emeritus Head New City School, St. Louis, MO
The Whole School Surrounds the Whole Teen
Whole teens attend whole schools. They experience many different classes, hallways, the cafeteria, arts and athletic events, clubs and teams. They experience interactions with peers and adults. One teacher using practices to support the whole teen will make a difference for her students; all adults using those practices make more of a difference. When all aspects of school are aligned, the practices are mutually reinforcing and more likely sustainable. New teachers or students come into that school and sense immediately, from the hallway signs to the teacher language to widely used routines, that they are in a school that cares about the whole teen.
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