Adolescent Minds: Science of Learning Informs Teaching and Student Engagement
November 21, 2019 11:07 am
More Than a Test
“Will this be on the test?” That is a question your students probably have asked during a lesson. While some students may have a genuine concern about scoring well on the next assessment, for many this common question highlights how engaged—or disengaged—they are with the content at hand and the relevance they see to their own life goals and desires. During adolescence, students experience a variety of changes in their brains that influence their motivation and mindsets about learning. Additionally, their abilities to plan and think critically continue to improve, which means students need ample opportunities to practice using higher-order thinking skills. These brain changes occur at different times and different rates for each student and do not necessarily correspond with chronological age and grade level, an important point for educators to know about adolescents.
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