Reclaiming Our Students

Why Children Are More Anxious, Aggressive, and Shut Down Than Ever—And What We Can Do About It

by Hannah Beach & Tamara Neufeld Strijack

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About the book

Fact: Children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever.

Faced with this epidemic of emotional health crises and behavioral problems, teachers are asking themselves what went wrong. Why have we lost our students? More importantly: how can we get them back?

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Reclaiming Our Students is a thoughtful guide to restoring the student-teacher relationship and creating the conditions for change, written by Hannah Beach, celebrated educator and specialist in emotional health, and Tamara Neufeld Strijack, clinical counsellor and academic dean of the acclaimed Neufeld Institute—with a foreword by Gordon Neufeld, PhDReclaiming Our Students empowers teachers with strategies to restore their leadership role and build emotional safety in the classroom.

You’ll learn:

  • How to build, feed, and protect the student-teacher relationship
  • Why children are anxious or bossy, aggressive or checked out, and what teachers can do to address these behavioral 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 preserve and restore emotional health and well-being

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 that not only want to understand and overcome daily challenges, but also re-connect to their calling as educators.

Inside-Out Handbook

Available on April 14, 2020!

If you have a copy of Reclaiming Our Students you can receive a free companion Inside-Out Handbook with over 60 pages of classroom activities to restore emotional health and well-being in students of all ages. Simply enter the key code found on page three of Reclaiming Our Students in the form below.

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You'll find relationship-based activities to help your students:

  • release pent-up physical energy, which can lower aggression
  • connect to, reflect on, and express their feelings
  • awaken caring and build community in the classroom

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About the authors

Hannah Beach is an award-winning educator, author, and keynote speaker. She was recognized by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2017 as one of five featured changemakers in Canada. Her best-selling I Can Dance book series—which supports the emotional health of children through movement, play, and expression—won the 2017 GOLD International Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Books with Music/Theatrical) and has been adopted by multiple English- and French-language school boards across Canada.

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Hannah received the City of Ottawa’s annual Celebration of People Education Award, which recognized her contributions in developing innovative inclusive programs and resources. As the founder of celebrated experiential discovery programs at Dandelion Dance™ and Tournesol, Hannah has spent over 25 years developing and delivering programs for children and youth. She is a Neufeld course facilitator, delivers professional development services across the country, provides emotional health consulting to schools, and speaks at national and international conferences about the power of bringing more feeling and human connection into the classroom. 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 on child development for parents, teachers and helping professionals around the world. 

Tamara has worked with children and adolescents in various roles over the last twenty-five years. Currently, she works as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and parent consultant. 

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Tamara also offers workshops and teaches university courses for teachers and counsellors. 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.

Find her online at tamarastrijack.ca.

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Hannah received the City of Ottawa’s annual Celebration of People Education Award, which recognized her contributions in developing innovative inclusive programs and resources. As the founder of celebrated experiential discovery programs at Dandelion Dance™ and Tournesol, Hannah has spent over 25 years developing and delivering programs for children and youth. She is a Neufeld course facilitator, delivers professional development services across the country, provides emotional health consulting to schools, and speaks at national and international conferences about the power of bringing more feeling and human connection into the classroom. Hannah is married and has three children. She lives on the West Coast of Canada. 

Find her online at hannahbeach.ca.

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Tamara also offers workshops and teaches university courses for teachers and counsellors. 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.

Find her online at tamarastrijack.ca.

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