In this episode of the Find Your Leadership Confidence Podcast, hosted by Vicki Noethling, renowned educator Jeffrey Benson shares invaluable insights on the best strategies for working with challenging students. With over forty years of experience in teaching and school administration, Benson delves into crucial topics such as integrating restorative discipline while holding students accountable, the role of social-emotional learning (SEL) in supporting academic success, and practical methods for incorporating SEL into existing curricula without adding extra burden. He also emphasizes the significance of striking a balance between uniformity and diversity in school reform efforts and the implementation of “think time” as a non-negotiable for fostering equity and inclusion in classrooms. Benson further explores the application of “positions and interests” in daily educational practices and highlights the importance of opening and closing rituals for building a supportive classroom culture. Tune in for expert advice on navigating the complexities of student behavior and promoting a positive learning environment.

His website has links to all his articles, categorized and free for downloading, including the well-known article, “100 Repetitions” and updates on his newest book, “Hacking School Discipline Together.” The website also provides descriptions of all his books. There are also links to his interviews, and a listing of the many services he provides to schools, both in-person and virtually. Also, you can write directly to Jeffrey through a link on the website; he finds nothing more worthwhile than being in dialogue with other passionate and curious educators.

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