Have you ever wondered why teenagers seem to act impulsive, misread emotion, and have difficulty waking up in the morning?
This entertaining PBS video provides some of the evidence that supports the idea that there is simply a great deal of rewiring, pruning, and growth within the brain that occurs in early adolescence. If you have teenagers in high school and would like to better understand what is likely behind their behaviour I highly recommend spending a few minutes watching the video.
I'm trying to digest how this information can be used to be a more effective teacher.
The video does make it clear that letting your teenager sleep in on the weekend is probably a very good thing for their overall health as it provides them with much needed "catch up" sleep. The researcher in the video explains that the ideal sleep period is 9.25 hours, which I expect most kids don't achieve very often during the school week.
Considering I was up until 2am myself trying to prepare for my first Science teaching practice, I seem to follow the same behaviour of high school students.
Some of the best software developers are night owls, so are their brains wired differently? Who knows?