“Courtesy of Teddy Bears, hundreds of young school children have found a way to feel safe and connected in school, and that has allowed them to connect to teachers, other children, and to their own learning potential in a more positive way.”
—From the Epilogue to Bears, Bears, Everywhere!
“This book is a gem. It details how teachers can use Teddy Bears to support and promote children’s healthy development and capacity to learn: socially and emotionally as well as intellectually. A simple, practical, and powerful set of ideas and practices!”
—Jonathan Cohen, President, Center for Social and Emotional Education
“Teddy Bears in the preschool and primary classroom are not a gimmick. Through rich examples and practical suggestions, Lesley Koplow shows that these furry allies can heal children's stress, anxiety, and anger while also helping children learn. Whatever their theoretical perspective on child development, emotionally responsive teachers will find support in this engaging book.”
—Marilou Hyson, Senior Consultant, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Noted psychotherapist, educator, and bestselling author Lesley Koplow shares her extensive experience working with young as well as school-aged children to offer teachers a proven way of addressing social and emotional issues in the classroom. In Bears, Bears Everywhere!Koplow discusses innovative strategies for integrating Teddy Bears into classroom life to help teachers address unresolved emotional issues that hinder children’s socialization and learning processes. She explains how using Teddy Bears can help children connect to their feelings and express them in constructive ways, establishing a safe and supportive learning environment for every student. The book includes lesson plans with developmentally appropriate activities for pre-K–5th grade teachers.
Lesley Koplow is the director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College in New York City. Her books include Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal and Creating Schools That Heal: Real-Life Solutions.
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