Rygaards International School Parent Forum 1. How Teenagers Think and Learn. Being a Teenager. Moody Uncommunicative Withdrawn Hormonal Tumultuous Messy & Disorganised Argumentative Confused. Key Reference Points.
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”If an adolescent is doing music, sports or academics, those are the connections that will be hard wired. If they’re lying an the couch or playing video games or watching MTV, those are the cells and connections that are going to survive”
J. Giedd (Chief of Brain Imaging – Child Psychology Branch, National Institute of Mental Health)
”Neoroscientists are uncovering anatomical, chemical and functional differences betwen the brains of men and women ... These variations occur throughout the brain, in regions involved in language, memory, emotion, vision, hearing and navigation ... Researchers are working to determine how these sex-based variations relate to differences in male and female cognition and behaviour.”
Dr. Larry Cahill University of California
Your right hemisphere tries to say the colour, but your left hemisphere insists on reading the word
What are your children eating?
Sugars? Carbonated Drinks?
The growing brain is incredibly vulnerable to sugar, especially simple sugars ... Attention spans, the ability to focus, behaviour and activity levels are all influenced by varying degrees of sugar ... This becomes worse when sugar is taken with carbohydrates
PROTEIN and WATER!
Factors that contribute to adolescent stress include:
Conventional Speed TWITCH SPEED
Step- by- Step RANDOM ACCESS
Linear Processing PARALLEL PROCESSING
Text First GRAPHICS FIRST
Work- Oriented PLAY ORIENTED
Stand- Alone CONNECTED
Enhancing E.I. is ”associated with scholastic achievement” Downey et al 2007
The Greatest single determinant in healthy neurological development is that of a positive loving relationship with parents and/or primary caregivers
”It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881)