The What Teachers Need to Know About series aims to refresh and expand basic teaching knowledge and classroom experience. Books in the series provide essential information about a range of subjects necessary for today's teachers to do their jobs effectively.
What Teachers Need to Know about Social and Emotional Development provides practical classroom strategies that teachers can apply in a variety of contexts to support complex and diverse student needs, providing key indicators that children may exhibit if suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other serious conditions.
Drawing on the experience of teachers, students and parents, this offers a swathe of practical advice, classroom activities, poster ideas and newsletter items to assist students, and inform parents of their children's changing needs.
The authors note that early intervention is paramount in preventing unnecessary distress and helping children regain their emotional footing when issues arise. This notion informs their approach as they strive to provide busy teachers with strategies that lighten the workload while enhancing students' social and emotional wellbeing.
With over 45 years' experience in education, Peter Westwood has taught students of all ages from preschool to tertiary, and much of his classroom career was spent teaching students with special educational needs.
After some years serving in the School of Special Education and Disability Studies at Flinders University in South Australia, he is currently a Visiting Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.
Peter has published many articles and books for teachers and for children.