Here are two more resources on understanding the adolescent brain —
(1) the "Secrets of the teenage brain: A psychologist's guide for teachers" by Bradley Busch from The Guardian website. . . and
(2) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's TED Talk "The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain."
I love Blakemore's closing remark. It really captures how we should understand adolescent development — here is what she says,
“So what's sometimes seen as the problem with adolescents —
heightened risk-taking, poor impulse control, self-consciousness — shouldn't be
stigmatized. It actually reflects changes in the brain that provide an
excellent opportunity for education and social development.”