Wilson, D. & Conyers, M. (2016, November 8). "The teenage brain is wired to learn - so make sure your students know it." Edutopia special series. Retrieved at https://www.edutopia.org/article/teenage-brain-is-wired-to-learn-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers
What is Sacred:
I love the word neuroplasticity. It is future-focused, flexible, plastic, stretchy. I see synapses firing off rather than dead connections. It gives me hope in dark days because the concept of neuroplasticity means that our adolescent students have the capacity to change the structure and function of the brain through learning! That is POWERFUL and it is the impetus for us as teachers of middle-level and high school students to not sink into apathy, anger and quiet surrender. We must continue to teach with love and rage without which there is no hope (Friere).
Here's the important messages that the authors want us to relay to our adolescent students:
Connections to Current/Future Work:
I have the link here rather than taking up more space just regurgitating their piece, but I really love the tools for self-directed learning that the authors share. I am definitely linking this to my online discussion forum for my EDUC 410: reading and writing across content to get students talking about the importance not just of reading, but re reading and what effective re reading and meaning making can look like in their classrooms.