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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.12 December 2008

Cover Story by Bill Page
At-Risk Students: A Point of Viewing

“At-Risk Students: Children who are expected to fail because teachers cannot motivate, control, teach, or interest them using traditional methods and prescribed curriculum.” ~ At-Risk Students: Understanding Their Defensive Ploys

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Sounds of Students
Learning and Performing

»Teacher's Inquiry ProcessHal Portner
»December Survival GuideSue Gruber
»Words Can InspireLeah Davies
»Windy City Top TenTodd R. Nelson
»Tapping Into Internal MotivationMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»The 2 W’s and a H: Finding the Main Idea in Students’ Behavior Kioni Carter

»A World of ZippersTim Newlin
»Recipes - Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments, Gingerbread Playdough, Gingerbread, Rudolph Sandwiches
»The End of the D and F Grade: Welcome to Lake WobegonAlan Haskvitz
»December 2008 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Education Accountability Version 2.0: A Letter to the Next PresidentTony Wagner
»Sometimes It’s Easier to Just Suck It UpMrs. Mimi
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IIHank Kellner
»Parents and FailureBruce J. Gevirtzman

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»This is why we do it…
»The Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. Program
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»The Economy Is Not A Morality Play
»School Photographs for December 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: December 2008
»Video Bytes: The Benefits of Student Blogging; Unbelievable Water Fountain; George Washington Inauguration; Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke; Flight Physics; & Claymation Surrealism a la Magritte!
»Live on Teachers.Net: December 2008
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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The Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. Program

The Kelly Bear multi-media curriculum teaches vital social skills and fosters children's emotional, physical, and intellectual development.
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December 1, 2008

Teachers.Net Recommends
The Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. Program
Developed by Leah Davies

The Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. Program (Character And Resiliency Education Skills) is a cost effective, multimedia curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for large or small groups of children ages 5-9. Kelly Bear is a friendly, life-size-bear who interacts with real children and serves as both teacher and hero while the children master new skills and understand new concepts. Children readily identify with the green bear who makes mistakes but keeps trying to do his best. Interactive songs highlight the program. It has been field-tested and proven effective.

The overall goal of the program is to prevent problem behaviors by promoting the following 12 key skills:

  1. Self-awareness and self-respect
  2. Emotional understanding of self and others
  3. Social competence and constructive peer relationships
  4. Self-control
  5. Empathy and kindness towards others
  6. Problem solving and anger management skills
  7. Respect for individual differences
  8. Healthy living choices
  9. Perseverance and resiliency
  10. Refusal skills
  11. Personal safety
  12. Character traits such as honesty and responsibility

The twelve areas of growth are measured by evaluation forms completed by adult observers (often teachers) and by the children themselves. Parent evaluation forms are included and are completed during the Parent Program held the last session of the C.A.R.E.S. Program.

  • Instructional Guide with 16 easy-to-use, detailed lesson plans with 4 evaluation forms, plus masters for reprinting name tags, intro parent letter, invitation to a Parent Program, child’s Certificate of Completion, and parenting handouts
  • ALL 10 Kelly Bear DVDs with Leader Guides
  • 1 hour-long CD of 29 character building songs from the 10 DVD’s
  • Four 11" x 17" Posters
  • "Help Kelly Bear" Board Game
  • Plus FREE Kelly Bear hand puppet - while supplies last!

Leah Davies, a regular contributor to the Teachers.Net Gazette, received her Master's Degree from the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Auburn University. She has been dedicated to the well-being of children for 44 years as a certified teacher, counselor, prevention specialist, parent, and grandparent. Her professional experience includes teaching, counseling, consulting, instructing at Auburn University, and directing educational and prevention services at a mental health agency.

Besides the Kelly Bear materials, Leah has written articles that have appeared in The American School Counseling Association Counselor, The School Counselor, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, Early Childhood News, and National Head Start Association Journal. She has presented workshops at the following national professional meetings: American School Counselor Association; Association for Childhood Education International; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Child Care Association; National Head Start Association; National School-Age Child Care Alliance Conference.

Visit for full details and ordering information.

Current and all past articles by Leah Davies are listed and linked below.

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