Children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever.
Faced with this epidemic of emotional health crises and behavioural problems, teachers are asking themselves what went wrong. Why have we lost our students? More importantly: How can we get them back? Hannah Beach, a celebrated educator and specialist in the field of emotional health, and Tamara Neufeld Strijack, clinical counsellor and academic dean of the acclaimed Neufeld Institute, provide a thoughtful guide to restoring the student-teacher relationship and creating the conditions for change. Reclaiming Our Students empowers teachers with relationship-based strategies to restore their leadership role and build emotional safety and inclusion in the classroom..
• How to build, feed, and protect the student-teacher relationship
• Why children are anxious or bossy, aggressive or checked out, and what you can do to address these behavioural issues at their root
• How you can help students and classes shift their identity as the “problem student” or “bad class”
• Experiential activities for students of all ages that restore emotional health and build inclusive classrooms
Plus, you’ll find special considerations and information for parents, principals, counsellors, and home educators for building safety and support in the learning environment.
Combining Hannah’s groundbreaking experiential approach to creating emotional health and community in the classroom with the Neufeld Institute’s insightful approach to building relationships and making sense of children, Reclaiming Our Students is required reading for teachers who not only want to understand and overcome daily challenges, but also re-connect to their calling as educators.
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About the Author
Hannah is married and has three children. She lives on the West Coast of Canada. Find her online at hannahbeach.ca.
Tamara Neufeld Strijack is the academic dean of the Neufeld Institute, where she develops and delivers courses and workshops supporting parents, teachers, and helping professionals around the world make sense of children through developmental science. Tamara works as a registered clinical counsellor, parent consultant, and sessional instructor for several universities, where she lectures for the faculties of education and counselling. She provides emotional health consulting for schools and advises on the development of new programs that foster the social and emotional growth of all students. As Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s daughter, Tamara offers a unique inside view, combining her own twenty-five years of experience and insight with her father’s theoretical material. Connection, relationship, and play continue to be central themes in all her roles, both personally and professionally. Tamara has two daughters and lives on the West Coast of Canada.
You can find her online at tamarastrijack.ca
Table of Contents
Foreword Gordon Neufeld, PhD xi
1 The Dream versus the Reality 11
2 What's Getting in the Way? 15
2 Becoming the Leader Our Students Need
3 How We Lead Matters 31
4 Building the Relationship 41
5 Feeding the Relationship 59
6 Protecting and Extending the Relationship 65
3 Common Challenges
7 What's Behind the Behaviour? 83
8 The Child Who Is Anxious 87
9 The Child Whose Head Is in the Clouds 107
10 The Child Who Is Being Disruptive 111
11 The Child Who Is Resistant 123
12 The Child Who Has Shut Down and Doesn't Seem to Care … about Anything 135
13 The Child Who Acts Bossy 145
14 The Child Who Acts Aggressively 153
15 The Child Who Bullies Others 185
4 Identity Shifting
16 Shifting the Negative Identity of an Individual Child 205
17 Shifting the Negative Identity of a Group 219
18 Emotional Safety 233
19 Towards Healthy Community 253
20 Cultural Wisdom Lost and Found 265
21 Waking Up 283
Introduction to the Inside-Out Handbook 299
… for Parents 307
… for Teachers Wanting to Share Insights with Parents, and Parents Wanting to Share Insights with Teachers 309
… for Teachers Wanting to Talk with Their Principal 313
… for Principals 317
… for School Counsellors 323
… for Home Educators 327
Who's Who? 329