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Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal

reviewed by Tamar Jacobson - August 31, 2007

coverTitle: Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal
Author(s): Lesley Koplow
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807734705 , Pages: 288, Year: 2007
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As a former preschool-kindergarten teacher, and now as an early childhood teacher educator, I can say that this is a book that speaks to my heart. Although it is written specifically for children who have been traumatized, I believe it is appropriate and suitable for typical children in any preschool. A preschool setting can and should heal all children. Our early childhood classrooms should be emotional safe havens for everyone. For example, Vivian Gussin Paley asks in the Foreword, “Is there a preschool anywhere that does not include those who at times feel sad, angry, and helpless?” (Page vii). Gussin Paley continues eloquently: The rest of us, teaching in relatively stable circumstances, tend to resist the idea that some sort of therapy may be a part of our job, even as we encourage larger numbers of families and children to meet with therapists. We tell ourselves in the face of worrisome... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 31, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14597, Date Accessed: 7/25/2021 5:25:55 AM

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  • Tamar Jacobson
    Rider University
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    TAMAR JACOBSON, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and coordinator of the early childhood section of the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Dr. Jacobson has made over 180 presentations at National, State and Regional levels. Her book: Confronting Our Discomfort: Clearing the Way for Anti-Bias, was published by Heinemann in 2003. Currently, Dr. Jacobson is studying teachers and anger and has contracted a new book for publication in 2008, with RedLeaf Press: Donít Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own. Jacobsonís dream is that one day she might organize or facilitate support-supervision groups for teachers to confront their emotions or biases head on.
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