Secrets of the Teenage Brain

Teenage_brainFrances E. Jensen provides some good insights and tips about understanding the neuroscience and multiple intelligences of the teenaged brain.

Tip #1: The teen brain is still a work-in-progress where the frontal lobes are are not fully connected to the rest of the brain. This means that they have less control over vital functions such as: judgment, empathy, insight, and impulse control.

Tip #2: “…the teenage brain is highly impressionable and excitable because it has so many synapses, and synapses grow by being excited and turned on. This means that good experiences leave their mark much more quickly — but so do bad experiences.”

Tip #3: ” I wish that every teenage had to take a course on how their brain works so that they would understand that they’re building their brain by what they do everyday.”

Tip #4: “Adolescence is a time for figuring out your identity and who you’re going to be for the rest of your life.” Parents are often pushing their kids in our highly competitive culture… and social media can be a source of stress… kids need some down time.”

Read this article in the October issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership:

You may also access it here: Secrets of the Teenage Brain

for more information read: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.(HarperCollins)