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Big Idea #1 - The Teenage Brain

Ever wondered why teenagers inside and outside the classroom act the way they do? Neuroscientist Dr. Frances Jensen wondered the same thing about her teenage sons. According to Dr. Jensen's book, one of the reasons for teenagers' strange behavior is their brains are still being developed.  Read the article about what else Dr. Jensen learned, including the impact of drugs have on the teenage brain.

Big Idea #2 - The Year in Review

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, here are three of the most popular articles of the past year as determined by you, our readers:

Big Idea #3 - OPI is looking for a new Math Instructional Coordinator...

Our current Mathematics Instructional Coordinator Jake Warner has decided to return to the classroom and we are accepting applications to fill this position. Visit the Careers section of the State of Montana website for a complete job description and other information. Application deadline is June 23, 2017.  Please share this information with potential applicants.

And on a final note, 3 Big Ideas is off for the summer, but we're already planning for next school year's editions. The 3 Big Ideas will return again in August. We'd like to hear from you about topics that you want to know more about in the coming year. Here's a quick survey to share your ideas.

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer vacation!

~ Content Standards & Instruction thanks you for reading the 3 Big Ideas ~

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