Students Don’t Change; They Grow

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Expert educator and child advocate Jeffrey Benson says that students don’t change; they grow.

“They need the teacher to be so welcoming the next day and say, ‘I’m glad you’re back.'”

Author of Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us Most, Benson shares multiple examples of challenging students he’s worked with over the years, who have shown growth in both their personalities and in academics.

In Hanging In, Benson writes:

There are no tricks to working with our most challenging students. If there were simple solutions to support their growth, the students wouldn’t be challenging. . . These students crisscross categories of disabilities, challenging us to develop new and complex interventions, in combinations we have never tried before. . . Each child is truly unique, and we can’t ‘fix them’ immediately. The challenge for the staff is to hang in.

If you are looking for an inspiring book about dealing with our most challenging students, don’t miss Jeffrey Benson’s Hanging In.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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