Practical strategies to help your students overcome the challenges of adolescence
Given the complex physical, emotional and mental changes that occur in adolescence, it is hardly surprising that many teenagers need extra support at this time and, clearly, schools are in a unique position to provide this. Strategies for Supporting Adolescents offers a range of practical ways in which schools can help students deal with these challenges. This informative resource also explains the background story to adolescence and, in particular, how the enormous changes that take place in the adolescent brain affect thinking, feelings and behaviour.
It has long been recognised that students’ attitudes to learning and their ultimate attainment is closely linked to levels of parental involvement. Strategies for Supporting Adolescents also provides clear and practical ways to help schools work more effectively with parents who are experiencing the challenges that arise as children go through adolescence and highlights a number of ways that schools can act in partnership with parents to help individual students, strengthen relationships and benefit the school community as a whole.
Firmly based on current research, Strategies for Supporting Adolescents includes questionnaires, worksheets, tips for parents, audio tracks and additional PowerPoint presentations which will ensure that you have access to best practice information in one convenient location.
Strategies for Supporting Adolescents contains two sections designed to:
provide your school with a practical framework for addressing particular problems and reviewing outcomes
arm your school with practical techniques and procedures that teachers and parents can use when trying to sort out some of the specific problems that crop up with adolescents
contribute to your school’s CPD, preparing staff with the necessary in-depth understanding of adolescence
enable better engagement with parents at a time when typical parental engagement is in decline
facilitate ways that teachers and parents can develop real and meaningful dialogues with each other.
Summary of contents
Strategies for Supporting Adolescents aims to provide clear and practical ways to help schools address the particular problems that arise at adolescence and work more effectively with parents who are experiencing these challenges with their children.
Strategies for Supporting Adolescents will enable you to:
offer a range of practical ways to help students manage challenges
develop a sound understanding of the theory behind adolescence
empower parents to have a positive impact on their children’s education
strengthen home-school relationships.
Section 1: Understanding Adolescence
This section gives an account of the changes that take place during adolescence. Over the past decade, research has shown that two distinct processes drive adolescence. These are puberty and the dramatic transformation that takes place in the brain. If parents and teachers want to affect adolescents’ behaviour, then understanding the driving forces is vital. Guidelines are provided for dealing with some of the general issues that parents and teachers will need to address, drawing attention to the strategies that research clearly shows to be effective in dealing with the challenges of adolescence.
The information in this section will be helpful for anyone who is involved in the lives of adolescents and we do hope that schools will try to share it as widely as possible both with their own staff and with parents.
1.1 Starting Points
1.3 Brain Matters
Material for talks and workshops
Section 2: Solving the Problems
The second section of this book provides a resource bank of practical techniques and procedures that teachers and parents can use when trying to sort out some of the specific problems that frequently occur with adolescents. Each part of this section includes a selection of questionnaires, worksheets, tips for parents and audio tracks.
About Problem Solving
2.1 Getting the Picture
2.2 Resolving Conflict
2.3 Managing Anger
2.4 Controlling Anxiety
2.5 Coping with Low Mood
2.6 Handling Peer Pressure
2.7 Sorting Out Bullying