What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains


I was working a group for at-risk youth and wanted to give them a handout on how their brain development might be affecting their experiences, particularly related to emotional outbursts. The handout was in teen language but was not approved because these kids “are just not used to learning stuff like that.” I think this was an underestimation of the potential these students had to put the information to use in understanding themselves in the world.

I will post some handouts for parents and teens regarding brain development and how it impacts behavior.


Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade.

Full story at Mind Shift

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