Monday, 16 November 2015 09:08

The Amazing Teen Brain by Tim Burns

 The presentation focuses on neuroscience discoveries on the adolescent brain over the past 10-15 years, with emphasis on assisting classroom teachers to better understand the specific changes and how this knowledge will improve their teaching of adolescents and modeling of a lesson plan that focuses on teaching preteens and teens several ways.

 Scientists increasingly refer to the teen brain as a “work in progress.” This is due to recent discoveries that reveal several important areas of the brain that undergo significant “upgrade,” beginning with puberty and continuing for another decade or more.

The presentation covers the basic architecture of the changing teen brain, the meaning of the significant reorganization taking place, and how best to support these changes. Peak Performance brain tips are provided, designed to help preteens and teens improve and enhance brain function. These include the roles of diet and hydration, movement and exercise, downtime and sleep; the damage caused by binge drinking; stress management; and, mindfulness meditation practices and brain function.

Tim Burns


Tim Burns is an educator and author whose background includes over thirty years of experience. 

Tim Burns is an educator and author whose background includes over thirty years of experience as public school teacher and counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, university instructor, professional development consultant and conference presenter.

Since 1986, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Division of Extended Studies, Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado. Over the years, he has provided conference keynote addresses and workshops to over three thousand schools and educational organizations in over 25 countries throughout North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Tim’s popular brain presentations encompass students, grades pre-K through high school, faculty and parents.