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

Introduction

Introduction

Merging Two Missions

Teachers come to work each day with lesson plans designed to meet curriculum standards. Many of those teachers know that those standards alone do not address all the lessons they want their students to learn. There is a second part of their mission: for students to develop the skills to manage their adolescent years in preparation for adulthood. Most school mission statements include the goals of supporting young people to both achieve academically and contribute to their communities. Through every day lessons and expectations, in addition to academic mastery, middle and high schools aspire to help students develop social skills, problem solving, autonomy, civic responsibility, and goals for their learning and future.

Achieving both parts of the mission is very demanding. School days ...

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