Because of the complex nature of middle schooler's brains and the major changes they're undergoing, it's crucial for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teachers to understand brain research and what students this age need to be successful learners. "Every teacher should have an understanding of brain research because it's extremely helpful background and it helps make the most of the classroom experience," Goble says.
"There's a book out called The Rollercoaster Years and that's what these are," Pidde says. "Every day is new and many of these experiences, it's the first time and it's so exciting to watch."
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