—Mark A. Springer, Teacher
Radnor Middle School, Wayne, PA
Activate learning with practical techniques that put brain research and technology into practice!
The changes and complexities of the adolescent mind bring unique challenges as well as opportunities to the classroom. This valuable resource for student-centered teaching provides keys to curriculum design, instruction, and assessment within the context of a developmentally appropriate, differentiated approach.
Translating the latest brain research into practical classroom strategies, the author focuses on the adolescent learner and outlines brain-compatible instructional strategies applicable to all students, including English Language Learners, gifted populations, and others with special needs. Readers will encounter a six-point differentiated model based on adolescents' need for personal connection, appropriate intellectual challenge, emotional engagement, guided social interaction, metacognitive development, and a supportive learning environment. The guide also equips teachers with ready-to-use tips, tools, and resources, including:
Ways to capitalize on technology to enhance differentiated instruction
Brain-friendly strategies grounded in current neuroscience research and universal design for learning (UDL)
Straightforward explanations on how changes in adolescent brain structure impact learning
Techniques to create and manage a classroom environment aligned with adolescents' specific developmental needs
Focusing on learners' intellectual, social, and emotional development, Differentiation for the Adolescent Learner offers a proven plan for teachers to create meaningful learning experiences that inspire students to take control of their own learning.