Tuesday Teaching: Nurture Shock

This week I head back into teacher training and setting up my classroom. Next week, the kids are back and the school year starts up again. I’m not sure how much I will manage to do differently, but one book this summer has certainly changed my thinking on many behaviors I see from kids in the classroom.

If you’re looking for a book to help you understand why kids act the way they do — either for teaching purposes or for parenting– I highly recommend Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman’s book Nurture Shock. Bronson & Merryman debunk many myths in the ways we think about kid’s thinking and, by analyzing trends in brain science research, show how other (non-intuitive, non-mainstream) approaches to kid’s learning and behavior are often more successful than what we usually do.

Curious about why an hour less of sleep, on average in a generation, has spawned a host of problems plaguing our educational system? Would you like to know how to successfully argue with (or in front of) kids? Want to know why praising a kid for being good at something actually leads to low self-esteem and an increased likelihood of cheating? It’s all inside… and totally worth a read.

About Tara Sullivan

Author of GOLDEN BOY (2013), THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (2016), and TREASURE OF THE WORLD (2021). Published by Penguin Books for Young Readers Find out more at www.TaraSullivanBooks.com Or, follow me on Twitter: @SullivanStories
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