Adolescence

Getting Fit at the Gym

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Learn about the kinds of exercises high school students do to get in shape, in this video adapted from the In the Mix. Students talk about the benefits of exercise, which include strengthening muscles for other activities, such as dance, boosting energy levels, losing fat, and reducing stress.

The Teenage Brain

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What is going on in the heads of teenagers? Surprisingly or not, when teenagers go about their daily lives, especially when they communicate with others, their teenage brains do not function in the same way that adult brains do. This video segment from FRONTLINE: "Inside the Teenage Brain" explores some of the more striking differences between the brains of kids and the brains of their parents and teachers.

High School Football Players Discuss the Pressure to Stay in the Game, Despite Concussions

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Explore why, despite reports on the dangers of concussions, high school athletes feel pressured to hide their injuries in order to get back in the game with this video fromPBS NewsHourvideo from February 17th, 2014. According to the National Academy of Sciences, there are 11 recorded concussions for every 10,000 high school games and practices, twice the rate of college players. But researchers believe the number is actually much higher because many go unreported.

Why Can't Teens Wake Up Early For School? | Above the Noise

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The research shows that teenagers are wired to sleep late, yet most schools in the US start before 8:30 am. Sleep is largely dictated by your genes. Inside all mammals is a tiny region of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or the SCN. The SCN is referred to as the body’s master clock, telling the body when to go to sleep and when to wake up. It actually shifts as you age -- and the biggest change happens to teenagers, making it tough for them to wake up for those early classes. But schools aren’t heeding the research. Most school schedules revolve around the typical 9 to 5 workday of adults, and so there is a general worry that pushing back when school starts will be too disruptive. What’s the solution? Watch the latest Above the Noise episode to find out.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Now 15 years old and in his fifth year at Hogwort's, Harry has much on his mind. Terrible nightmares are interrupting his sleep, forcing him to wake up screaming. Worse still, the terrifying presence of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is growing stronger. Add to this the disappearance of Hagrid and the fast-approaching Ordinary Wizarding Level exams, and the boy wizard's fifth year promises to be a great challenge.

Kit includes paperback book and audio CD.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, and the Media

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12. Victor C. Strasburger and Marjorie J. Hogan, “Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, and the Media,” in Pediatrics (Vol. 132, Issue 5), Nov. 2013, 958.

You Trouble

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Justin O’Neill, “You Trouble,” in Scholastic Choices, Sept. 2012.

Growing Up Digital

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Matt Richtel, “Growing Up Digital,” in Scholastic New York Times Upfront, Jan. 31, 2011, as found at http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/upfront/this_issue/....

The Digital Revolution and Adolescent Brain Evolution

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Jay N. Giedd, M.D., “The Digital Revolution and Adolescent Brain Evolution,” in Journal of Adolescent Health (Vol. 51, Issue 2), Aug. 2012, 101–105.

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