“The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults” by Francis E. Jensen, renowned neurologist and mother of two boys
At VES, our Student Life programming is guided by adolescent brain science. Dr. Jensen sheds new light on adolescent brain functioning and development in the contexts of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction and decision-making, and provides practical advice on helping teens navigate their journey to adulthood.
“Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era” by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith
This book is based on the award-winning documentary that discusses the dramatic change education must undergo to prepare students with the knowledge, skill sets and character required to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving world and how, as educators, we need to look devise the next generation of education to address these needs.
“Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, Mark A. McDaniel
It turns out that many common study habits and practice routines are counterproductive. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer techniques for both better retention of what we learn and achieving a higher level of mastery. Make It Stick
appeals to anyone interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.
“An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students” by Ron Berger
Ron Berger has been a classroom teacher for more than 25 years and is a master carpenter. Guided by his craftsman's passion for quality, Berger describes what's possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to building and living into a culture of high standards. He brings his passion for excellence in the classroom to organizations that include the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school network, Harvard Project Zero, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.