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Good Mirror, Great Teacher: Helping Children Reflect on Emotional Experience With Empathy

Date: Tuesday - April 24, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Brick Church School
Speaker: Lesley Koplow
Brick Church School
62 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10028
For Grades PreK - 4

In early grade classrooms, children are learning about themselves and others.

Children who have difficulty feeling comfortable with themselves often lash out or are rejecting to their peers. Young children thrive when their teachers can facilitate the process of self -discovery and connection to the feelings of others within the holding environment of the classroom. In this workshop, teachers will learn about:

  • The use of reflective language to promote self-regulation
  • The value of affective mirroring in promoting empathy in children
  • The use of literacy, social studies and art to reflect social and emotional issues that impact classroom dynamics
  • The use of drawing technique to promote the understanding of social and emotional cause and effect in the classroom community
  • The value of children’s life experience stories in building empathy within the classroom
  • Inviting self expression within containing classroom routines

The workshop will provide pre-k through 3rd grade teachers with a conceptual basis for understanding and implementing the many emotionally responsive practice techniques presented for classroom use. Participants will be able to participate in and create activities that enhance social and emotional well being and learning in young children.


Lesley Koplow, LCSW, is the founder of Networks for Schools That Heal and the Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College in NYC. She is the author of several books on promoting child mental health in the school setting. Her books include Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can HealCreating Schools That Heal, and Bears, Bears Everywhere: Supporting Children’s Emotional Health in the Classroom.

Lesley is a teacher, clinical social worker and a psychotherapist in private practice.

Registration. The fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials

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