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Many students arrive at school with unique mixtures of family histories, traumatic experiences, and special needs that test our skills and try our patience. In Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us Most, veteran educator Jeffrey Benson shows educators the value of tenacity and building connections when teaching the students who most need our help. This essential guide includes
Just as teaching the students who challenge us is among our most frustrating experiences as educators, sticking with students until they finally "get it" is among our most rewarding. In Hanging In, you'll find the inspiration and field-tested ideas necessary to create a patient and supportive environment for even the most demanding cases in the classroom.
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"I wish I'd had access to this little volume during my own turbulent, uncertain days as a teacher and principal! What a valuable repertoire of inventive, helpful insights, ideas, and responses."
—Roland Barth, founder, the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
"I found myself thinking as I read about the students, 'I know that student!' Jeffrey Benson catches the language of students who challenge us."
—Lois Easton, author of Engaging the Disengaged
"Just wonderful! Really impressive! I learned a lot!"
—Sarah Ward, consultant
"Just dynamite. Wonderful. I love so many things about it."
—Peter Elbow, author of Embracing Contraries and Writing Without Teachers
"I know this book is meant for school people but I think it would be very useful for parents, both so they could understand how schools can help their children but also so they can learn to better hang in themselves."
—Donna Healey, therapist
JEFFREY BENSON has worked in almost every school context in his 35 years of experience in education: as a teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools; as an instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs; as an administrator in day and residential schools. He has studied and worked side by side with national leaders in the fields of special education, learning theory, trauma and addiction, school reform, adult development, and conflict resolution. He has been a consultant to public and private schools, mentored teachers and principals in varied school settings, and has written on many school-based issues. The core of Jeffrey Benson’s work is in understanding how people learn, the starting point for everything that schools should do.
student management | at-risk students | self-esteem | depression | behavior disorders
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