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

Seeing the Whole Teen
Seeing the Whole Teen

Everyone who teaches in middle school and high school was once a teenager—but not everyone experienced the “storm and stress” of those years in the same way. Not everyone hit the physiological and psychological markers of adolescence at the same time, and with the same impact. Not everyone began adolescence with the same context of family, neighborhood, culture, and history. Adolescence is an experience shared by all and experienced uniquely by all as well.

The lived experiences of having once been a teenager, and the experiences of working in schools filled with teenagers, often raises compelling questions:

  • How are teenagers and their brains developing?
  • What consistent developmental themes could guide our approaches, working from the youngest teens to the oldest ...
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