Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Megaphone

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Megaphone

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"Learning can and should be engaging, exciting, compelling, stimulating, satisfying, inspiring, imaginative and even pleasurable. But fun? A teacher's main job is to help students become more competent, confident and curious. Fun rarely delivers on those goals. Words matter. The word 'fun' can trivialize the serious work related to learning and confuse teaching with entertaining."

- Kyle Redford, teacher and writer, "Is 'Fun' an Ideal Teaching Goal?" on the Education Week Teacher blog, Reaching ALL Students: Engaging Children Across the Learning Spectrum.

"One of the most powerful myths surrounding adolescence is that raging hormones cause teenagers to 'go mad' or 'lose their minds.' That's simply false. Hormones do increase during this period, but it is not the hormones that determine what goes on in adolescence. We now know that what adolescents experience is primarily the result of changes in the development of the brain."

- Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, in his book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Penguin Random House, 2013). …

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