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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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Study: Teen’s knowledge of family history a sign of social-emotional health

Study: Teen’s knowledge of family history            a sign of social-emotional health | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Researchers used a “Do You Know” scale” to measure how much family history teens know.
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Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | School Library Journal

Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | School Library Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Tech-savvy American young adults are more likely than older adults to have read printed books in the past year, are more likely to appreciate reading in libraries, and are just as strong supporters of traditional library services as older adults, a new national report from the Pew Research Centershows. According to the survey of Americans ages 16–29, a majority of young adults believe it is “very important” for libraries to have librarians and books for borrowing, while relatively few think that libraries should automate most library services or move most services online.

The report, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations,” also finds that younger Americans—despite being heavy technology users overall—still believe, as do older adults, that print books should have a central place at libraries, with few young adult responders (only 23 percent) strongly supporting moving books out of public areas to create room for things such as technology centers, meeting rooms, and cultural events."

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The damaging messages of proms

The damaging messages of proms | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Rachel Simmons says proms teach girls to value money, conventional beauty, and to wait to be asked out.
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I know that prom is a treasured rite of passage in high school, but I do wonder what we, as educators, can do to mitigate some of the more damaging social messages proms perpetuate.  Simmons discusses here what girls learn from the prom experience--I'd love to see a similar list of what boys learn (obviously, many of the same things, but some specific to their gender as well).

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Should Teenagers Expect Privacy on the Internet?

When it comes to social media, teenagers look at privacy in very different ways than the adults around them.
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Peter DeWitt responds to Danah Boyd's keynote address at Tech Forum 2013 in Boston.  We all know that different generations have different expectations for online activity--but you may be surprised by what Boyd reports about teens' attitudes and understandings.  

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The next generation unfriends Facebook

The next generation unfriends Facebook | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
What are the kids doing these days? It's an age old question. But when it comes to technology, it's an important one.
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ICYMI, from Marketplace PRI this morning.  Worth a listen. Thanks to Joanna Brinker for the tip.

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Experts Make a Case for Later School Start Times

Getting adequate sleep is critical to brain development, memory function, and cognitive skills in children and teenagers, experts and advocates tell a symposium in Maryland. Pushing back school start times helps ensure that they get enough rest.
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A Note on Nerdfighters

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In the teen-age population, “nerdfighter” (as a compound word) has a very specific meaning and etymology. Primarily, it identifies the teen-ager in question as a follower of John Green.
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"We hear a lot about the perils of the Internet for the young. And yet, it does have another function. It is a place where the horizons of self-definition are widely set, where those interesting, fluid moments of identity can be explored. "

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/03/a-note-on-nerdfighters.html#ixzz2NVNZtMWy

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Experiencing Teen Drama Overload? Blame Biology : NPR

Experiencing Teen Drama Overload? Blame Biology : NPR | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Tweens and teens go through developmental changes that can be exasperating for parents and can make them feel ineffective.
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How to Create a Boy-Friendly School

Kelley King in EdWeek's blog "Finding Common Ground" describes ways our schools work against boys and suggests questions and strategies for making them more boy-friendly.  King's book on the topic will be published in April 2013.  This one caught my attention after a particularly bad week with boys--my theory is that they are not getting enough exercise right now (winter) and also perhaps I am not getting enough sleep (patience).

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See also this ASCD article by Kelley King and Michael Gurian, originally published September 2006.  Good info on brain research and also some gives some sources.

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How (And Why) Teenagers Hide Their Online Activity - Edudemic

How (And Why) Teenagers Hide Their Online Activity - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

An infographic from ZoneAlarm illustrates what teens are hiding about their onine activity from their parents.

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Are exhausted students learning in school?

Are exhausted students learning in school? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School start times and teenagers: an obvious problem with an equally obvious solution.
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valerie gleiser's curator insight, May 13, 8:07 AM

I find this source useful because it shows some of the consequences and has some solutions. It also has some mention of studies. It's easy to understand, isn't very emotional and it also allows you to click on a word or phrase to see more items.

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More sleep for teens? Montgomery petition signed by thousands.

More sleep for teens? Montgomery petition signed by thousands. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

We all complain about high school hours and how inappropriate they are for the adolescent's sleep patterns--in Montgomery County, Maryland, a parent is leading an effort to actually do something about it.

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The Global Search for Education: It's an App App App App World!

The Global Search for Education: It's an App App App App World! | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As apps become more and more significant in our society, are they opening up our world or are they shutting it down? How are the advantages of face to face contact as relevant when we have cutting-edge, digital toys to interact with?
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Huff Post's C. M. Rubin interviews Howard Gardner (yes, that Howard Gardner) and Katie Davis, who have authored a new book: "The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World."

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

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Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.
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Heather Perkinson's comment, May 21, 2013 6:06 PM
Same poll shows that teens are leaving Facebook and moving to Twitter: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/poll-teens-migrating-twitter
Heather Perkinson's comment, May 21, 2013 6:09 PM
Here are the results as an infographic: http://www.pewinternet.org/Infographics/2013/Teens-Social-Media-And-Privacy.aspx
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Teenagers’ Brains Are Biologically Driven To Undergo A “Social Reorientation” « Annie Murphy Paul

Teenagers’ Brains Are Biologically Driven To Undergo A “Social Reorientation” « Annie Murphy Paul | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"A study that scanned young people’s brains when they were 10 years old and then again when they were 13 found, in the second round of scans, dramatically greater activity in a particular brain region when the now-teenagers responded to questions about how they view themselves.

This region, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, seems to be of central importance when kids consider their identity and social status as they transition into adolescence. From the website ScienceDaily"

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Researchers observed students studying and documented the many media activities they engaged in while doing so.  Not surprisingly, their focus on the academic task was affected.

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Heather Perkinson's comment, May 9, 2013 2:34 AM
Annie Murphy Paul, author of the MindShift article above, posts reactions to her article. The comments are written by teenagers: http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/05/reaction-to-my-article-about-multitasking-and-learning/ and http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/05/reaction-to-my-multitasking-article-the-teenagers-speak/
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Teens' tech getting very mobile: New study | NetFamilyNews.org

Teens' tech getting very mobile: New study | NetFamilyNews.org | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Very interesting data here about how teens are using connected devices at home (but we know that also means "at school") and how parenting (and teaching) has adjusted to these habits.  Check out the "Related Links."

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson

Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Although this blog entry attempts pretty unsuccessfully to simplify the vast and complicated field of cognitive psychology, the information about types of "Thought Holes" may prove useful as you're trying to understand the (sometimes baffling) behavior of your students. The blog's author suggests that we, as educators, may be able to teach students to recognize when they are sabotaging themselves by "falling into thought holes," but I think I'll leave that work to mental health professionals and just settle for a better understanding of what my kids may be thinking.

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Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites

Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teens are (over)confident in their web abilities, but they perform worse than adults. Lower reading levels, impatience, and undeveloped research skills reduce teens’ task success and require simple, relatable sites.

Via Jan Radford
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For educators, the results of this study may help us to identify the skills students require to complete online research and reading tasks.

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Jan Radford's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:43 PM

If you are interested in this scoop, you will also be interested in research on our target group and their use of websites.  Based on research from both USA and Australia.

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Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying

Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Getting enough sleep is an under-valued but crucial part of learning. Contrary to students’ belief that staying up all night to cram for an exam will lead to higher scores, truth is, the need for a good night’s rest is even more important than finishing homework or studying for a test."

Heather Perkinson's insight:

Very pertinent for the week before midterms--perhaps you'll want to share this with your students?  Also, it's Thursday, which, if you tend to make do without enough sleep all week and then try to make up for it on the weekend, means that it's day 4 of sleep deprivation.  I, for one, could have really used a snow day today...

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An iPhone Contract From Your Mom

An iPhone Contract From Your Mom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.
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ICYMI, this is all over the Internets. I'm sure we're all hoping that every parent of every student we teach has seen it, too. 

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The Good Life, The Learning Life

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Last week students from across the country and around the world weighed in on how they get through finals." A look at how the modern student studies emerges from the results of this survey. Would someone please explain to me how 59% of them are using mobile phones to study?
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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This short article is geared more towards elementary educators but I think the main idea of it is still pertinent to high school educators--that kids should understand how their brains work so that they can understand how they learn. The term we used to throw around in education classes was "metacognition."  Also, I'm a big believer in telling teens about how their brains work in order to make the point that it is dangerous to expose them to various toxic substances.

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