In The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, authors JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. and Terrence Deak, Ph.D. provide a road map for young people navigating the countless challenges of early adolescence. Embellished with clear diagrams and engaging illustrations, comprehensible explanations of complex scientific vocabulary, a collection of creative analogies from riding a bike to driving a car, and an easily referenced glossary of key terms highlighted in the body of the text, the book helps adolescents make sense of this multifaceted journey toward independence.
This instructional unit includes three learning projects as well as supplemental online resources to augment the more straightforward projects. The design of each plan allows teachers to build and elaborate the activities to a degree that best suits the needs of their classroom. The learning activities also enable teachers to cultivate children’s character development through the pillars of mindfulness, reasoning, and responsibility.