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

Connecting to Adults and Peers, Not Just to Academics

Connecting to Adults and Peers, Not Just to Academics

There will be a peer culture in class, in advisory, in clubs and teams, in the cafeteria, and across school. It might be a culture that demonstrates optimism or pessimism about the future, that offers a sense of community or feels alienating, that honors only academics or that recognizes many aspects of young people’s lives. Having a culture is not an option. The options are: will you and other adults proactively and intentionally help to shape that culture, and if so, how? This chapter offers ways to start that process.

Another question to consider: why is having a culture that includes a sense of community and attachment so ...

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