Sophia Bush is another actor who is underrated because she was in a teen show. She brought so much strength and depth to Brooke, even in this scene alone. Brooke's failing relationship with Lucas wouldn't have gotten to me so much (I low-key hate Lucas) without Sophia's incredible performance as someone desperately trying to hang on and be the perfect, understanding girlfriend.
The Season 4 finale of PLL is largely an expositional monologue by Sasha Pieterse, but it still slaps, partly because we finally get so many answers we've been waiting for, and partly because Sasha CARRIES that episode. Ali has been a polarizing, often cruel figure for four seasons, but here we finally truly see her vulnerability and are reminded of the fact that she's just a teenage girl, not some evil ice queen that has everything under control.
I feel like people recognize this as a great sad scene from a modern teen drama and a great moment for JJ, but I feel like Rudy Pankow himself doesn't get enough recognition. It's a lot easier to portray an emotion as an actor than it is to portray someone actively trying to suppress an emotion, and Rudy walks that line so well.
...Okay, fine, this one is totally cheating because Chris Colfer DID win an Emmy for it. But I'm still going to talk about it, because I love it. "Grilled Cheesus" is the best Glee ever was, perfectly balancing absurdist, over-the-top humor while also serving a genuine look at teen issues, including dealing with the mortality of your own parents, loss of religion and faith, and societal and religious views on being gay. For once, Glee actually achieved the perfect balance, and I think that's all because of Colfer, who truly carried this episode. You completely felt everything he was going through.
"Effy´s 'I'm not scared anymore' monologue in Skins. It always blows my mind that Kaya was still a teenager when she did that scene. Kaya deserves way more credit for her phenomenal performance in Skins."
On Sunday, Jan. 12, the 8th grader from Highlands Middle School in White Plains competed with the Westchester Aquatics Club in the Jim Woods Memorial Meet at Rutgers University and swam an impressive swam 16:48:25 in the grueling 1,500 meters.
In addition to the cohort manifesto, the teens went beyond their specific assignment and drafted an additional vision document, detailing how they see their individual roles on the council, their mission as a team and the impact they want to have.
At this point, it would seem like fans are just counting the days down until Paramount+'s Teen Wolf: The Movie hits their screens. Between the teasers, behind-the-scenes looks, official trailer, and interviews with the cast, we're not sure there's much left that needs to be done over the next 13 days. It looks like folks are pretty much sold. But just in case there are any late stragglers, or as a "thank you" to the dedicated fanbase that fought for years for a revisit to the show's universe, the streamer posted an impressive set of preview images that we thought you'd want to get your hands on:
At Titans Tower, the teenage superheroes engage in their everyday lives. While the living room is a cluttered mess, Cyborg and Beast Boy argue about the location of the TV remote. Robin and Starfire are having a discussion about lightspeed travel when they walk in to find the boys bickering while the curmudgeon Raven grimaces perpetually, especially after being disturbed from her book by all the yelling. Starfire decides to mend the dispute by sharing junk food and heads to the kitchen to see what she can find while Robin tries to resolve the conflict himself. Starfire opens the fridge to discover all the food (in fact, over half the inside of the fridge itself) is covered in moldy blue fuzz that actually somehow comes to life. When it awakens and growls at Starfire, she blasts her starbolt cannon at the fridge out of fright and splatters the "monster" to the ends of the living room. Now covered in moldy blue fuzz dripping from the ceiling, Robin decides their best bet at this point would be to just go into town for pizza.
When the Titans make it back to the mainland, they can do nothing except squabble with each other about how they were no match for three teenage supervillains and question if the Teen Titans are finished. Just then Robin finally appears and declares that the Teen Titans are not finished as long as he can help it, and comes up with a plan to take back the Tower.
Of course, you would be remiss to take a Belize family vacation and not visit at least one of the incredible Mayan ruins sites in the country. From impressive pyramids to entire ancient communities that have been uncovered, the Mayan ruins in Belize are not only popular tourist attractions, they are important historic and cultural sites.
Together with her own mother, Sil, Eliza is the co-author of Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years, (she wrote the sassy side) and the co-host of We Thrive TV. The mother-daughter duo have taught sold-out workshops nation-wide for thousands of mothers and their preteen and teen daughters for the past 10 years.
Much of the research on the topic of youth and writing addresses questions of instructional quality and effectiveness from the perspective of administrators, teachers and parents. As noted earlier, this study deliberately focuses on this issue from the perspective of teens themselves in an effort to inform this body of research. To further this objective, we asked teens to share their thoughts on the importance of writing to their future success, as well as their perceptions of the efficacy of current educational strategies. We also asked them to tell us about the distinctions they make between school and non-school writing and the relationship of these two writing styles to their use of technology. We found that teens strongly see the value of writing for their future and credit school, primarily, as the place that will provide the most instructional guidance for development.
Most of the variation in how teens view the importance of writing centers on parent education and household income. Six in ten teens (60%) whose parents have some college education view writing as essential to success in life, compared with five in ten teens (51%) whose parents have no college experience. Similarly, 60% of teens from households earning $50,000 or more per year say that writing is essential, compared with 49% of teens from lower-income households.
Of these teens whose writing skills have changed for better or worse over the past year, more than half (53%) feel that the writing instruction they receive in school is a major factor driving that change. A somewhat smaller number (39%) cite the technology tools they have used for writing as a major factor, and just one in four teens cite their personal (non-school) writing as a major factor behind their writing improvement. These rates are consistent across all major demographic and socio-economic groups.
Teens generally feel that the personal electronic communications they have with their friends have a negligible impact on their overall writing abilities. Among teens who send text messages, email, instant messages or post on social networking sites, 73% say this communication has had no impact (either positive or negative) on the writing they do for school and 77% say that it makes no difference to the quality of the writing they do for personal reasons. Fifteen percent of teens say that communicating electronically has helped improve their school writing and 17% say it has improved their non-school writing, while 11% say it has harmed their school writing and an even smaller number (6%) say it has had a negative impact on the writing they do outside of school.
Boys in particular have relatively positive attitudes about the impact of their personal electronic communications on their overall writing skills. One in five boys (20%) feel that these interactions have helped the writing they do for school, compared with just one in ten girls (10%). Lower-income teens also feel that their electronic communications have a salutary effect: one quarter of teens in households earning less than $30,000 per year say that these interactions have helped the writing they do for school, while just 12% of teens living in households earning $75,000 or more per year say the same.
Some teens also indicated that the compressed nature of instant messages and texts contribute almost unconsciously to a less formal and more conversational feel in the writing. They also identified areas where the influence of text messaging was, from their perspective, a negative influence on the complexity of their writing.
Most teens feel that additional instruction and focus on writing in school would help improve their writing even further. Our survey asked teens whether their writing skills would be improved by two potential changes to their school curricula: teachers having them spend more time writing in class, and teachers using more computer-based tools (such as games, writing help programs or websites, or multimedia) to teach writing.
As was seen with parents, teens do not view computers as a consistently positive or negative force in their writing development: they see some clear benefits to using a computer for writing but also recognize that computers can encourage some negative writing habits as well.
This nuanced attitude is clear in the two impacts that resonate most strongly with teens. While six in ten teens (59%) feel that computers help students write better because they can revise and edit easily, half (49%) believe that computers cause students to take short cuts and not put sufficient effort into their writing. 2b1af7f3a8