Stuff in the ‘adolescent brain’ Category

15 June, 2021


Julie Stamm, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brings a unique perspective on the issues of repetitive head impacts in youth sports as a scientist and expert in the field, an anatomist with knowledge of childhood development throughout the body and the brain, and an athletic trainer who has provided medical care for athletes in a variety of sports. As an avid sports fan and a three-sport high school athlete from a small town in Wisconsin, she values the importance of sports participation for children. She resides in Fitchburg, WI.  THE BRAIN ON YOUTH SPORTS: The Science, The Myths, and The Future (Rowman, July 2021) is her first book.

Follow her @JulieStammPhD on Twitter and Facebook.

12 July, 2016

The Power of the Adolescent Brain, Thomas Armstrong

A leading educator shares strategies for teaching middle and high school students grounded in the latest discoveries in neuroscience about the developing brain.

“Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted.” These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents. But what if we recast these traits in a positive light? Teens possess insight, passioA15iY0Klk5Ln, idealism, sensitivity, and creativity in abundance–all qualities that can make a significant positive contribution to society.

In this thought-provoking book, THE POWER OF THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN (ASCD, July 2016), Thomas Armstrong looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective–and describes what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students’ potential.

Thoroughly grounded in current neuroscience research, the book explains what we know about how the adolescent brain works and proposes eight essential instructional elements that will help students develop the ability to think, make healthy choices, regulate their emotions, handle social conflict, consolidate their identities, and learn enough about the world to move into adulthood with dignity and grace.

Armstrong provides practical strategies and real-life examples from schools that illustrate these eight key practices in action. In addition, you’ll find a glossary of brain terms, a selection of brain-friendly lesson plans across the content areas, and a list of resources to support and extend the book’s ideas and practices.

There is a colossal mismatch between how the adolescent brain has evolved over the millennia and the passive, rote learning experiences that are all too common in today’s test-obsessed educational climate. See the amazing difference–in school and beyond–when you use the insights from this book to help students tap into the power of their changing brains.

 Thomas Armstrong PhD, is an educator, a psychologist, and a writer who has worked in the education field for more than 40 years. He is the author of 16 books, including 7 for ASCD. During the last 30 years, he has delivered more than 1,000 presentations on learning and human development in 29 countries across 6 continents and in 44 U.S. states. He has written for Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting, and the AMA Journal of Ethics and has been honored with membership on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

6 January, 2015


From noted educator, award-winning author and internationally respected speaker, Thomas Armstrong, a guide specifically for teachers on understanding the developing adolescent brain. (ASCD, World Rights, 2016)