Teaching the Whole Teen

Teaching the Whole Teen
Everyday Practices That Promote Success and Resilience in School and Life

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© 2017 | 288 pages | Corwin

How can you help teens thrive now and for life? Support them as whole learners.

Developing independence and shared responsibility. Collaborating and communicating effectively. Establishing valuable work habits. Harnessing emotions. Finding motivation. We all want teens to acquire these vital skills and engage meaningfully in academics. In this insightful and culturally responsive guide, Poliner and Benson integrate these lifelong skills into daily practices through

  • Practical applications for diverse populations in every class, advisory, team, or club
  • The latest research on best practices from adolescent psychology, neuroscience, mental health, and school climate
  • Tools for teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents to help teens succeed now and later in school, home, workplace, and community.

Teaching the Whole Teen supports adolescents and adults within the school to thrive.

"This treasure-trove of inventive, concrete ideas offers a gift to our profession."
Roland Barth, Educator

“…the book to turn to when you are working with teens, when you desperately need help, when seeking solace.”
John Hattie, Professor & Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute
University of Melbourne

"…explicitly addresses the unique needs of students of color, students from poverty, and immigrant students in ways that other books don't; should be read by every middle and high school educator."
Zaretta Hammond, Educational Consultant

“…manifests the best thinking in modern education”
Rick Wormeli, Teacher, Writer, Education Consultant

"What a treat to read! Every principal will benefit from reading it."
Thomas Hoerr, Emeritus Head
New City School, St. Louis, MO

About the Authors
Part I. Seeing the Whole Teen
Chapter 1. The Whole Teen Comes Into the School
Chapter 2. The Whole Teen Comes Into a Dominant Culture
Part II. Everyday Practices
Chapter 3. Connecting to Adults and Peers, Not Just to Academics
Chapter 4. Creating a Culture of Shared Responsibility, Not Just Obeying
Chapter 5. Learning Collaboratively, Not Just Nearby
Chapter 6. Communicating Effectively, Not Just Mumbling, Exploding, Avoiding, or Texting
Chapter 7. Managing Work and Developing a Work Ethic, Not Just Passing or Cramming
Chapter 8. Developing Emotional Skillfulness Proactively, Not Just Reactively
Chapter 9. Becoming More Independent, Not Just Alone
Chapter 10. Connecting Lessons to Life, Not Just to Tests
Part III. The Whole School Surrounds the Whole Teen
Chapter 11. Leaders Set the Tone for Themselves and Others
Chapter 12. Schoolwide Structures, Practices, and Policies That Support the Whole Teen
Chapter 13. Faculty Culture That Supports the Whole Teen
Chapter 14. The Novice Teacher Comes Into the School
Appendix: Formats and Facilitation Tools


Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: The Whole Teen Comes Into the School

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