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Catch me on Twitter Tuesday from 8-9 pm ET at #ASCDL2L for Q & A on my new book The Power of the Adolescent Brain.  I’ll be talking about brain friendly and brain unfriendly approaches to helping teens learn in secondary school classrooms.  I hope to see you there! Share This:
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Researchers at Purdue have discovered that when adolescent rats are given alcoholic drinks that have high caffeine levels, the result is akin to taking cocaine, and the consequences in alterations to the brain may continue into adulthood. The authors write:  ”it is possible that repeated exposure to caffeine-mixed alcohol during adolescence could potentially alter or...
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This week I had a ”Commentary” piece in Education Week, American education’s weekly newspaper of record, based on my new book The Power of the Adolescent Brain:  Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students (ASCD).  It also appeared in their online edition with a different title:  “Neuroscience Should Inform School Policies.’‘  Here is the complete...
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In this week’s online edition of Education Week I’ve contributed a post on metacognition and its importance for adolescent learning.  There are several other posts on metacognition as well on Ed. Week’s blog ”Classroom Q & A with Larry Ferlazzo.  Here’s my contribution:                        ...
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Everyone knows that teens have a larger appetite for quick rewards than either adults or children.  But up until now scientists have been uncertain about whether this tendency had any beneficial impact. Some have argued, in fact, that this propensity is maladaptive insofar as adolescents’ engage in risky behavior (e.g. joyrides, drugs, sex) to get...
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