Good read: Secrets of the teenage brain: a psychologist’s guide for teachers

An interesting overview in The Guardian of what we know about the teenage brain and what this means for teachers (although there sure can be some discussions about some of the teaching tips (e.g. growth mindset).

The different paragraphs are:

  • Teenagers take risks
    Teaching tip: Teachers could tap into teenagers’ risky mindset to help them do better at school. Taking risks and choosing difficult tasks is one of the benefits associated with having a growth mindset. If teachers guide this risky behaviour by encouraging pupils to take chances in a safe and secure environment, the students could challenge themselves more.

  • Teenagers struggle to get enough sleep
    Teaching tip: Young people may not have enough time to get the sleep they need, but that does not absolve them of their sleep responsibilities. Discuss the importance of sleeping well in class – try talking about common sleep mistakesand tips for getting a good night’s rest.

  • Teenagers can find it hard to read emotions
    Teaching tip: There is no quick solution – time and patience are required. Be explicit and clear about what you mean and help students improve their self-awareness. This is a helpful factsheet about pupils’ meta-cognitive skills (the ability to analyse how you think). In class, you could get pupils to ask themselves these nine simple questions to help them on the road to self-awareness.

  • Teenagers have less self-controlTeaching tip: Self-control can be improved but it is difficult. One option is to limit distractions during times when concentration and memory are needed and when tensions are running high, for example, during revision periods. Talk to your students about what distracts them (it is good idea to make students put their mobile phones away) and try to reduce these factors as much as you realistically can.

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