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Understanding and Engaging Adolescents

Understanding and Engaging Adolescents

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June 2009 | 168 pages | Corwin
The middle and high school years are challenging times for both teachers and students, and motivating adolescents can be the most critical task confronting educators. This book provides teachers with an in-depth look at the ways that adolescents learn and how teachers can inspire student interest and participation.

Understanding & Engaging Adolescents blends concepts of learning and motivation with classroom applications and activities. The authors cover theory, learning styles, and classroom management and present easy-to-implement, innovative strategies that educators can use to connect meaningfully with their students.

About the Authors
Part I. The Theory
1. In the Beginning
2. "This Is Stupid" or Why Adolescents Quit Trying
3.The Classroom Management Toolkit
4. What We Know About Learning
5. What We Know About Motivation
Part II. The Activities
6. Maintaining Your Activity Level
7. Teaching Them to Study
8. Understanding Themselves Better
9. Culture-Based Activities
10. The Technology Mismatch

“The book is engaging, appealing, humorous, and relevant to my situation. Nice job!”

David Callaway, Eighth-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch, CO

“This book addresses key issues and presents ideas on how to solve those issues.”

Kathryn McCormick, Seventh-Grade Teacher
Gahanna Middle School East, OH

“This book is funny, entertaining, well written and well documented, and informative.”

Jolene Dockstader, Seventh-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Jerome Middle School, ID

“This book should be on every middle and high school educators desk and be required reading each summer. Miller and Desberg clearly discuss many of the challenges that face our students and give teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents real tools and knowledge that should be implemented in every classroom.”

Reginald Sirls, Director of Secondary Education
Inglewood Unified School District, CA

“As a president of a nonprofit organization that stresses financial literacy, I was impressed with the information in this book. I read it as a service and knowledge provider to secondary students, but found multiple applications to motivating and understanding my own employees.”

Gary W. Hickman, President
Junior Achievement of Southern California, Inc.

“As a principal, I am always concerned that my teachers are looking at and discussing the central issues of learning and motivation. Not only does this book give them what they need, it gives them several practical exercises to engage our learners. Good work.”

Donna Jacobson, Principal
Richard Merkin Middle School, LA Alliance Schools, Los Angeles, CA

"Miller and Desberg have produced a resource that educators will turn to again and again as they encounter the day-to-day challenges of motivating and teaching adolescent learners. It is one of those rare books that effectively integrates theory, research, and practice. Utilizing these methods will go a long way in helping educators gain or regain the skills they need to make teaching the gratifying experience it should be.”

Judson H. Taylor, President Emeritus
State University of New York, Cortland

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Jeffrey A. Miller

Jeffrey Miller spent eight years teaching middle school in urban Los Angeles and four years designing student success programs at Santa Monica College. Currently, he teaches courses in educational psychology and classroom management at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Miller is the managing director of the Miller Consulting Group and provides consultation and professional development to schools within Los Angeles and across the country, where he delivers keynote addresses and facilitates schools through organizational change. He completed his PhD in 2001 with a focus on motivation and learning in adolescent classrooms. More About Author

Peter Desberg

Peter Desberg is a professor of graduate education and coordinator of the Technology Based Education MA Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist. Desberg is the author of 20 books and is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at national conventions. He was the host of "Introduction to Computers" on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s cable channel for ten years and has appeared on many television shows and been written up in many newspapers and magazines, including Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan and Reader’s Digest. More About Author

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