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Book Title: Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed|
The author of the book: Nicola Morgan
ISBN 13: 9781406311167
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Date of issue: April 1st 2010
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I have a theory.
If you work long enough surrounded by 600 teenagers, your brain adapts to their way of (non)thinking. You develop most symptoms of a teenage brain:
- confusion (which lesson do I teach next, and what are those students called, and have I handed out that worksheet already, and where did I put my keys/bag/coffee mug?)
- irritability (can't you ever be on time, do we REALLY have another meeting after the last lesson? Who spilled coffee on my desk, why is it so noisy in here? I am going to kill whoever stole my whiteboard markers, I can't believe I have to explain this again!)
- anxiety (do I really have to come up with examples for all symptoms? Does this review even make sense? Did I forget to teach that class?)
- spontaneous joy and hilarity (Do I ever laugh as heartily as in a classroom full of adolescent stand up comedians?)
-peer bonding (No one understands me except for my colleagues, partners in insanity)
- irrational decisions (Let's change the lesson now...)
Reading about what goes on in an adolescent's brain can make all the difference to a teacher or parent who deals with the fallout of it each day. Understanding the mechanisms behind the strange behaviour makes you a better judge of the utterly bizarre situations in which teenagers find themselves all the time.
A perfect example occurred to me this week during a modern language class. I explained complicated grammar to a group of 15-year-old students. They were not overly pleased, of course, and moaned and complained about it. All of a sudden, one student understood the structure of the sentence we were going through, and could apply his knowledge to any other sentence in the workbook. He was incredibly pleased with himself, and bragged about it happily, as teenagers do. He also made a point of telling me how good it felt, and I agreed.
Two hours later, I met him in the hallway. He said:
"Do you remember how cool it was when I understood the grammar in class?"
"Yes, that was great", I agreed.
"You know what's really weird, though?" he continued. "I don't remember any of it now!"
We looked at each other, shrugged, and suddenly burst out laughing. Teenage brain at work.
Nicola Morgan's entertaining book is written for the teenagers themselves, to explain the phase they are going through, so they can develop tools to cope with the intensity of the teenage years. It is not meant to be read as an excuse for bad behaviour though, rather as a guideline to give support. As it targets people with a short attention span, it is very simply written, without deeper analysis or scientific underpinning. On days when I am suffering from contagious teenage brain, that is just perfect, as any complicated text is likely to make me drift off and stare at the wall while unconsciously destroying my fountain pen or knitted cardigan.
Recommended for teenagers who want to know what is going on, and likewise for parents and teachers who want to know what degree of craziness is normal when dealing with that particularly exciting kind of human - the teenager!
I am off to look for my keys now...
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