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As a parent, you want to see your teen succeed in school and in life--and you do your best to help. But how do you know what will make a difference? Maybe it's time to listen to a teacher. Day in and day out, teachers watch kids interact with peers, make decisions, deal with difficulty, accept or deflect responsibility . . . Teachers are our eyes and ears--and there's a lot they wish we knew. In "Teenagers 101," veteran high school teacher Rebecca Deurlein examines how we can support our teens as they cope with the challenges of the modern world. In an age of instant gratification, how do they learn to work hard? How do they become self-reliant when Mom and Dad are quick to step in? How do they make the transition from kids to adults? Speaking as an educator and a parent herself, Deurlein offers practical strategies for getting teens to: Be self-motivated - Take responsibility for learning - Puzzle through problems - Become their own advocate - Present themselves well - And more Packed with engaging anecdotes and backed by years of experience, "Teenagers 101" is a crash course on the skills teenagers everywhere need to thrive in college and beyond.

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Rebecca Deurlein Ed.D.

Dr. Rebecca Deurlein is a 20-year veteran teacher of high school students and a mom of two, so she has extensive experience with teenagers. Rebecca continues to work with teens daily in Houston, where she lives with her husband and dog Cooper. She speaks to parents regularly about how to help their kids find success in school while slowly releasing control, allowing their kids to learn from mistakes, suffer consequences of poor decisions, and ultimately become adults with drive, perseverance, and a strong sense of responsibility. You can find out more about Teenagers 101 or have Rebecca speak at your function by visiting rebeccadeurlein.com. Her blog, A Teacher's Guide to Understanding Teenagers, can be found at rebeccadeurlein.wordpress.com, or you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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