“An essential read for educators and for all concerned with the mentoring of our young.”
Gabor Maté, MD, CM
International best-selling author of Scattered Minds

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

PRE-ORDER NOW
reclaiming our students book cover

About the book

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?

read more...

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 relationship-based 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.

  • With insight and warmth, this book addresses the roots of the growing crisis in children’s emotional functioning, maturation, and capacity to learn: their inability to be in touch with their true feelings. The solutions offered, based on a deep understanding of human development, are intuitive and have the elegance of simplicity. An essential read for educators and for all concerned with
    the mentoring of our young.
    Gabor Maté, MD, CM
    International best-selling author of Scattered Minds
    This book will be your companion. It will give you insight to the roots of ‘misbehaviour’ and anchor you in the power of relationship and play as nature’s life preserver.
    Deborah MacNamara, PhD
    Author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense
    of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one)
    Educators will find much inspiration and support in this book, one that offers insightful ways to connect with students. This compassionate work is all about respectful relationships, with students
    and ourselves, to shift negatives into positives. The authors’ developmental and relational knowledge is a boon for relieving anxiety, aggression, and other stressors in our digital era. A comprehensive resource for educators and the students they love.
    Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC
    Singer, author, founder of Raffi Foundation
    For Child Honouring
  • With insight and warmth, this book addresses the roots of the growing crisis in children’s emotional functioning, maturation, and capacity to learn: their inability to be in touch with their true feelings. The solutions offered, based on a deep understanding of human development, are intuitive and have the elegance of simplicity. An essential read for educators and for all concerned with
    the mentoring of our young.
    Gabor Maté, MD, CM
    International best-selling author of Scattered Minds
    This remarkable book will provide invaluable support to teachers as they confront the challenges of educating students in this troubled world. The authors provide practical solutions to virtually every situation, and they do so fully respecting the professionalism and leadership of teachers and the essential humanity of the children in their charge. A must-read book not only for teachers but also for parents, principals, and politicians. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
    The Honourable Landon Pearson, OC
    The work that Hannah Beach and Tamara Neufeld Strijack have done to better understand the emotional needs of children is valuable for educators, parents, friends—indeed all of us with children in our lives. Their comprehensive research and insight will not only further children’s education but will truly reshape how we see emotion in the classroom—as a strength, not a weakness.
    The Right Honourable Paul Martin

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.

Don't have a copy yet? Go here to purchase one.

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

Have the Inside-Out Handbook delivered to your email inbox!

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.

read more...

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 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 both the faculties of education and counselling.

read more...

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.

read more...

Hannah received the City of Ottawa’s annual Celebration of People Education Award, which recognized her expertise 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.

read more...

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.

Find her online at tamarastrijack.ca.

Where to buy it

Stay connected

Get updates on events. Receive new ideas in our blog
Join a movement of educators and community change-makers around the world.
Reclaiming Our Students
Shop at your local Canadian independent bookstore
© 2020 - Reclaiming Our Students - Hannah Beach and Tamara Neufeld Strijack - Designed & Maintained by WP Expert

Follow us

arrow-circle-upquote-left linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram