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

Communicating Effectively, Not Just Mumbling, Exploding, Avoiding, or Texting

Communicating Effectively, Not Just Mumbling, Exploding, Avoiding, or Texting

Students in middle school and high school need to communicate to sustain friendships, accomplish projects with peers, self-advocate with teachers, discuss issues in class, participate in clubs and teams, and engage with an increasing number of adults within and outside of school. All of these relationships—and their future learning, working, and life relationships—will depend, for better or worse, on their abilities to communicate.

Teens need to be able to listen for and ask about information, listen for and ask about perspectives, express their own information and perspectives, and choose their messages and modes of communicating. These skills are critical to developing social competence and healthy lasting relationships. These ...

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