We all need B.E.A.N.S. when cooking up a caring classroom!

Thank you Laura Candler for hosting this wonderful blog hop to help with strategies and resources for both teachers and students.  Click on the link below to circle back to her blog and read more about Julia Cook's books.

Did you know that B.E.A.N.S. are a remarkable power tool when added to your classroom management recipe?

Julia Cook is the creator of these powerful B.E.A.N.S.!  They are a BIG part of her book, 

Bully B.E.A.N.S.

This story is a remarkably empowering tale.  It is a story that focuses on the other side of bullying- the bystander, and strategies of how to handle the bully.

It's a story of a young bully and her classmates that she bullies with her learned behavior.  You see, Bobbette threatens the children in all the ways bullies like to-she tells them what to do, what to say, who to be friends with, tells them she will turn them into a human pretzel, and even bullies one into doing her homework.  

However, Julia Cook, the author, does not focus on the bully, she chose to focus on the ways bystanders can handle bullies like Bobbette.  In the story, the children are scared to confront the bully, but by the end, the children have learned not only do B.E.A.N.S. (which are really only jellybeans) give them power to stop a bully, but the children learn they are the power behind the BEANS. The children gain confidence in groups, through words, and actions that are PROACTIVE instead of reactive to the behaviors of bullies.  Just as importantly, the story informs the readers that bully behavior is sometimes a learned behavior and can be overcome.  Everyone deserves a second chance and that is just what the children give Bobbette. 

When I read the book to my first graders, they were engaged and hanging on every word.  Bullying behavior is not quite an epidemic in my room or school, but I know it can be and does take our focus from academics to behavior challenges.  I chose to read this book to my class so I could be just like the bystanders in the book, PROACTIVE.  I don't want bully behavior in my room, and I know you do not either.  Reading this book to the class gave us ideas to rid our school of bully behavior.  The children liked the idea of the jelly beans, but quickly made the connection that they always have had the power of the B.E.A.N.S.  

Read Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook to your class or child and they too will have strategies that empower, give understanding and empathy, and best of all, are proactive instead of reactive results in your classroom for bully behavior.

Click on the link to her store to order her book.


She has other fantastic books for overcoming fear, personal behaviors, dealing with parents, life issues, and dealing with technology.  She uses her unique gift to relate the issue to the children all while being proactive.  I highly recommend any and all of her books.  Remember, help is just a click away!

Tomorrow, Monday, November 18, 2013, I will have an additional post regarding Bully B.E.A.N.S., so come back to read more!

I leave you with some words from Julia Cook. 


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Below is a list of other teachers and bloggers who are contributing to a hop all about Julia Cook's books.  Click on the buttons to join in on our very own Laura Candler's 

Cooking Up a Caring Classroom 



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