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

Becoming More Independent, Not Just Alone

Becoming More Independent, Not Just Alone

Perhaps more than any other developmental task of the teenage years, leaving behind one’s childhood in order to establish an identity as an independent young adult is the most powerful task of all, fraught with risks and opportunities. The opportunities include discovering hobbies that will last a life time and perhaps become a career, identifying one’s attraction to potential romantic partners, following unique interests in the arts and sports, and sorting through the news of political campaigns and social justice issues that draw one’s participation. Old friendships wither away as new friends emerge who share similar worldviews. Sixth graders are still children; twelfth graders are young adults.

The profound changes during those seven years ...

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