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Winning Reviews from Our 2016 Student Contest

Winning Reviews from Our 2016 Student Contest | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
You’ll find submissions on everything from “Lolita” to K-pop; Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” to Uber; “Luke Cage” to artisanal doughnuts.
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A day in the digital life of teenagers

A day in the digital life of teenagers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Digital devices and the uses they put them to have become teenagers’ way of asserting their agency – a shield from bossy parents or annoying younger siblings or seemingly critical teachers, a means to connect with sympathetic friends or catching up with ongoing peer “drama”. In fact the overriding importance of agency to teenagers is shown in the way they avoid the growing digital embrace of their schools – teachers' use of digital media in class or email or the internet to contact them at home is met with whispers and even slower walks home, so as to extract the maximum time spent with friends and unobserved by adults."

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To Prevent Addiction In Adults, Help Teens Learn How To Cope

To Prevent Addiction In Adults, Help Teens Learn How To Cope | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Many people who become addicted to drugs, tobacco or alcohol start using as teenagers. So more effort is being put into helping teenagers stop before they get in too deep.
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Masterminds & Wingmen

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NPR coverage of Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World by Rosalind Wiseman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens

7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Parents and educators can become more aware of ways into the hearts and minds of teens that can make a difference.
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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“[Adolescence is] a stage of life when we can really thrive, but we need to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Temple University neuroscientist Laurence Steinberg at a Learning and the Brain conference in Boston. Steinberg has spent his career studying how the adolescent brain develops and believes there is a fundamental disconnect between the popular characterizations of adolescents and what’s really going on in their brains.
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11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour

11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"We asked psychologist Lisa Damour, author of the best-selling book Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood (Ballantine, 2016), to catch us up on the latest research about teen behavior and social media use among teens and tweens. Damour is the director of the Laurel School’s Center for Girls in Shaker Heights, OH; a contributor to the New York Times Motherlode section; and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University."

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Study of Teenagers Asks: Who's Happier, Boys or Girls?

Study of Teenagers Asks: Who's Happier, Boys or Girls? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A W.H.O. report on adolescent health and happiness in Europe and North America raised concerns abut the overall well-being of 15-year-old girls, who reported poor or fair health and increased dissatisfaction with their bodies.
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Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books

Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It can be hard to get teens to read, especially with so much technology competing for their attention. A new book looks at ways teachers can help young people find books (and find themselves).
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How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Play is often the domain of young children, but as those kids become teens, learning playfully maintains its importance, especially as academics and competitive sports take over.
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An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media

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Danah Boyd, in her response to a well-circulated article by a teenager about his use of social media, cautions: "We must all be careful of over-reading individual stories. Teens’ use of social media is significantly shaped by race and class, geography and cultural background."

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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A few ideas for dealing with teens and their peculiarities culled from a recent book  by Dr. Daniel Siegel, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.

 

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Science of Learning: Three Brain-Informed Reasons to Focus on Adolescent Education

Science of Learning: Three Brain-Informed Reasons to Focus on Adolescent Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
While children in the early years of education increasingly experience curricula and learning tools based in the science of learning (SOL), children in middle and high school—particularly those from historically underserved populations—endure traditional “common sense” approaches that go against what researchers know about the developing brain. The growing research on adolescence in the SOL reveals that investment in secondary schools is essential to ensure students graduate prepared for college and a career.
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Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens By Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D.

Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens By Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, Drs. Kastner and Wyatt provide clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways to manage their own emotions in the heat of the moment with their teen while maintaining — and even gaining — closeness."
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Stereotypes About Teens Can Undermine Parents' Confidence

Stereotypes About Teens Can Undermine Parents' Confidence | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Parents often feel less equipped to deal with raising teenagers than they did when those kids were tiny, but teens don't behave that much worse than younger children, researchers say.
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Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny

Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Author Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.
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Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can

Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There’s not much we can do to rush neurological maturation along in our teens, but we can help kids practice their burgeoning skills of self-control as they emerge.
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The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs

The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To help young people cope with stress and a rapidly developing brain, educate them about the "natural highs" of beneficial brain chemistry triggered by exercise and passion.
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Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Adolescence could be a time of explosive academic learning if what's taught can be connected to the central preoccupation of young people -- their identities.
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Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Adolescents learn more easily when they feel heard, understood, and cared about. Teachers should see teen reactions and attitudes through the lens of behavioral development.
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The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager

The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New research suggests that constructive conflict between parent and teenager hinges on the adolescent’s readiness to see beyond his or her own perspective.
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Teen readers aren't in crisis, they're just making their own rules

Teen readers aren't in crisis, they're just making their own rules | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The New Yorker’s David Denby wrote about teen readers losing their ‘reading obsession’, but his argument lacked insight into what motivates this generation
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The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults

This research presents the results of a survey of 833 U.S. adolescents, ages twelve to eighteen years old. It was hypothesized that teachers are assigning reading (rather than students self-selecting books) and that this leads to dissatisfaction with reading. Additional factors (gender, age, and self-identification as a reader) were also examined for their influence on reading satisfaction. The results indicate that approximately one-third of the respondents were allowed to select books for school reading assignments and that self-selection had a statistical impact on their self-perceived reading pleasure. Limitations include geographic location, a non-random sample, and data collection by various surveyors. This study adds to the growing body of research showing that student self-selection of reading materials leads to greater pleasure and interest in reading.
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'Teenagers shut down their brains when being criticised,' according to study

'Teenagers shut down their brains when being criticised,' according to study | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teenagers are widely believed to shut down their brains and stop listening when they think they are being criticised and now there is scientific evidence backing up this claim.
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