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

Everyday Practices
Everyday Practices

Learning a Skill Through Everyday Practices

What are the experiences that helped you learn to read, play basketball, or play a musical instrument? Most complex skills require exposure, introduction, demonstrations, practice, coaching, more practice, chances to apply the skill, more coaching, and yet more practice. Even then you’re not done. There is no “done.” The same is true for any self-management skill and interpersonal skill, skills that help the whole teen develop. If you really want to listen patiently, understand perspectives, collaborate on projects, and motivate yourself toward a goal you care about, you’ll be practicing all your life. On the up side, every interaction and event is an opportunity for that practice.

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