Why Personalized Learning?
It appears that talking about teenagers has the potential to press all kinds of buttons for parents. The workshop brought together parents of teenage students at a PTA/PTO monthly meeting.
The central issue changed from what we had set out to accomplish. In our naiveté, we assumed that teaching parents about brain would be enough. It wasn’t. The need was about understanding teenagers and what they were going through.
Something was making their lives unbearable. The central focus therefore changed and became how to best help our teenage students learn. Some unforeseen side effects were acceptable also.
A solid understanding of the teenage mind, and a thorough inspection of the teenage brain agenda, appeared to have a positive impact on home dynamics. Peace in the kitchen is what one mom called it. It was well attended by parents who had teens at home or were about to have teens at home.
This book attempts to bring together the many and diverse streams of thinking that inhabit the world of the teenager. At the same time, mental models about how the brain works and how learning happens will help sharpen attitudes and mindsets about this special world.
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• Chapter One: Tabula Raza
• Chapter Two: Freeze
• Chapter Three: Mrs. O's Classroom
• Chapter Four: Stress is a Four Letter Word