While all teenage behavior and character traits can be challenging, the issues facing the at-risk teenager are particularly thorny and deserve special attention. Anger, aggression, and a total lack of good decision-making happen on a minute-to-minute basis, as teachers patiently try to guide these young adults. Unlocking the key to keeping them in school and facilitating proficiency in reading, writing, and math is not for the weak of heart. A strong constitution, compassionate spirit, and solid knowledge base make the difference in this meaningful work. Neuroscientists now have the technology to make amazing and startling discoveries about this unexplored territory. Combining their work with the work of psychologists and educationists is creating a new and exciting landscape for educators. In Teaching the At-Risk Teenage Brain Sheryl Feinstein provides research in a reader-friendly way to help teachers and administrators better understand the at-risk student. Feinstein also includes numerous brain-compatible instructional strategies and classroom management techniques, all intended to teach, support, and guide at-risk teenage students.
Dr. Feinstein has done it again. Not only has she made understanding the teenage brain more accessible in this book, she has loaded it with practical suggestions in each chapter for teachers and parents of at risk adolescents...This is a highly useful book including information that every teacher of at-risk teenagers must know. Parents should find this equally as valuable in helping adolescents challenged by the pressures of their age...Feinstein tackles all the issues that teachers and parents face when dealing with at risk youth. In every chapter she includes strategies and skills critical to meeting the demands of these children. A must for anyone needing a masterful understanding of what the brain of the teenager is facing!--Raleigh Philp, speaker, author, and professor, Pepperdine University
1 The At-Risk Teenage Brain 2 Teaching the At-Risk Adolescent 3 Staying and Thriving in School 4 An Emotional Commotion 5 Emotions Gone Awry 6 The Social Life of Teens 7 Getting Physical 8 Meeting Special Challenges 9 Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking 10 One More Chance: Education in Juvenile Correctional Facilities