All About Me

Girl reading the book Me and My Memory with a dog on her lap
Girl reading the book What We See and Don't See

Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

The All About Me is a series of books to help students from 11 to at least 21. This is a time described by the psychologist Dr. Robert Ornstein in the Foreword to this series: when your brain is, as it were, open during remodeling. These entertaining and informative books help young people understand what is going on, and enable them not only to help themselves, but to take advantage of this important time in their lives. This is fundamental information, but we often forget to teach students about it in school. For example, what psychologists know about how we see, think, and feel, how these abilities work, how they change, grow or get stuck and how reliable they are as we try to make sense of ourselves, our friends, our relatives and the world around us. There is good, solid information readily available and scientifically validated.

The All About Me series provides an all-inclusive program designed to meet the American Psychological Association’s National Standards for Psychology at the high school level, the standards established for the College Board AP Psychology course, and the National Board Standards for Science/Adolescent and Young Adulthood.

The All About Me series is also correlated to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (available in the Free Resources section for each title) and to the WIDA PRIME Inventory by a WIDA-trained correlator. To read a report by the All About Me correlator, click here.

General Editors:

Denise Nessel, Ph.D. An associate of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), where she focuses on teaching reading and writing as thinking processes in grades K-12. She has written several books and classroom resources for teachers and a number of articles for professional journals.

Robert Ornstein, Ph.D. Psychologist and author of twenty titles, the most recent of which is MindReal – How the Mind Creates its Own Virtual Reality. Ornstein has won awards from more than a dozen organizations, including the American Psychological Association and UNESCO. His pioneering research on the bilateral specialization of the brain has done much to advance our understanding of how we think.

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