Teaching the Whole Teen: Everyday Practices That Promote Success and Resilience in School and Life, 1st Edition

  • Rachel Poliner
  • Jeffrey Benson
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  • ISBN-10: 150633590X
  • ISBN-13: 9781506335902
  • DDC: 373.18
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Praise for Teaching the Whole Teen.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
Seeing the Whole Teen.
1: The Whole Teen Comes Into the School.
2: The Whole Teen Comes Into a Dominant Culture.
Everyday Practices.
3: Connecting to Adults and Peers, Not Just to Academics.
4: Creating a Culture of Shared Responsibility, Not Just Obeying.
5: Learning Collaboratively, Not Just Nearby.
6: Communicating Effectively, Not Just Mumbling, Exploding, Avoiding, or Texting.
7: Managing Work and Developing a Work Ethic, Not Just Passing or Cramming.
8: Developing Emotional Skillfulness Proactively, Not Just Reactively.
9: Becoming More Independent, Not Just Alone.
10: Connecting Lessons to Life, Not Just to Tests.
The Whole School Surrounds the Whole Teen.
11: Leaders Set the Tone for Themselves and Others.
12: Schoolwide Structures, Practices, and Policies That Support the Whole Teen.
13: Faculty Culture That Supports the Whole Teen.
14: The Novice Teacher Comes Into the School.
Appendix: Formats and Facilitation Tools.