How do teenagers learn and grow?
Advances in psychology and neuroscience are fundamentally changing the way we understand how adolescents develop into capable, independent, and confident adults.
By understanding and applying the fundamentals of brain science, we can empower young people to become agents of their own learning.
Adolescence is prime time for learning, as students shape their identities and consider who they are and who they want to become. Along with the early years, it’s also a period of rapid brain development. Despite what many people believe, high school is not too late.
To reach their potential, students need to build on a foundation of skills and knowledge they establish during their high school years. A growth mindset helps: students with growth mindsets understand that their talents can be developed through perseverance and hard work.
Advances in neuroscience confirm that learning is social, and that caring and trusting relationships with adults are a foundation for adolescent learning. These relationships are especially important for students who have experienced adversity and trauma.