Poor judgment? Selfishness? Emotional breakdowns? Middle schoolers get a bad rap. It’s easy to assume they aren’t using their brains, when in reality, they’re just preparing to use their brains more efficiently. The brain goes through a major transformation during adolescence. While teenagers may seem irrational, their brains are actually improving, growing faster than at any other time in their life, aside when they were a baby. All of this chaos actually makes it a perfect storm of opportunities for them to learn.
In this session, experts will discuss what parents and teachers should know about navigating the adolescent brain, and how they can help their child optimize it during this time. Featured resources include NBC News’ Parent Toolkit How to Tap into Your Middle Schooler's Brain video series and other brain-related content like, The Neurological Reason Why Your Middle Schooler Acts Like a Toddler and A Brain-Owner’s Manual: How To Boost Your Child’s Brain Power.