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Why Schools Need to Change

future of work, student-centered learning, experiential learning

In the early 1800s, the Industrial Revolution did more than just change the way we manufactured products. It changed the way the United States approached education. The thought was that school could prepare students for work in a factory. The emphasis was on teaching skills that were deemed necessary to become positive contributors to an industrialized world.

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Why Cognitive Changes Direct the Way Teens Learn

adolescent development, experiential learning

As educators, we need to understand how the social and emotional changes that occur in adolescents affect the learning experience. The fact that teenagers want much more autonomy over their learning than younger students directly influences the culture of the classroom and teaching. Cognitive growth – changes to the functioning and structure of the brain – is a significant factor in how teens learn.

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What To Do With a Smart Teen Who Is Coasting

motivating teens, experiential learning

Parents are rightly concerned when they see that their teens are not challenged or engaged in their education. Teens who coast through high school can’t build the foundation they need to be successful later. If teens are doing well enough to get by but are not living up to their full potential, they’re not getting what they need.

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What Do High Schools Need to More Fully Engage Teens?

experiential learning, motivating teens

Educators today know more about what happens in the brain when a person learns something new. We know that learning occurs when our brains are active. We have seen how active learning strategies, which replace traditional lectures, engage teens more fully in the learning process.

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Why Is It Important to Know How Teens Learn?

experiential learning


Educators are always exploring ways to create successful learning experiences for their teen students. Brain science in the 21st century is providing new ways to think about learning and giving teachers tools to meet the needs and interests of all learners in their classrooms. One of these tools is the knowledge gained from brain research to understand which portions of the adolescent brain are the most developed and the most active.

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