Before we jump into a new year of fantastic advice on the Free Spirit Publishing blog, let’s celebrate the top posts from 2019!
We rounded up our most popular posts this year for your (re)reading pleasure. Got a favorite we didn’t include? Drop it in the comments.
In this post, Connie Bergstein Dow, author of From A to Z with Energy, offers three simple and creative movement activities that build social and emotional learning skills.
Forget the fidget spinners craze. Blogger Andrew Hawk shares 10 ideas for simple (and quiet) fidget toys you or your students can create.
One of the most important skills a student needs for future success is critical thinking. In this post, Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., author of Advancing Differentiation, provides an example of how to teach critical thinking.
Foster growth mindset whenever possible. Blogger Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW, provides simple trauma-sensitive suggestions for incorporating growth mindset in a way that weaves the concept, language, and lens into your teaching.
One playlist, more than 40 songs that support a growth mindset. Grab your headphones and check it out!
Conflict in middle school? It’s the perfect opportunity to help students learn to navigate struggle and resolve disagreements, says middle school counselor Stephanie Filio.
If you’re working with a coach to improve teaching practices, you’ll want to read this post about how to make the most of your time, with tips from the authors of Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood.
What is differentiation? A fad? Unattainable? Neither, says Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., author of Advancing Differentiation. In this post, he explains what differentiation is and provides an example of a differentiated fifth-grade social studies assignment.
Motivating students can be a challenging part of the work you do, but blogger Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW, explores how effective praise can help.
Oops! You made a mistake. Now what? Otis Kriegel, author of Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn’t Learn in College), answers.
SEL alone doesn’t give kids the whole picture of what it means to be self-regulated. Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., author of Self-Regulation in the Classroom, shares the three dimensions of self-regulation for learning and how they can enhance SEL.
If self-care were a recipe, it would be as straightforward as ABC: Attitude, Balance, Compassion. Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., coauthor of The PBIS Team Handbook, uses the ABC framework to share three guidelines for taking care of yourself.
Conflict resolution skills are back on our top posts list again. This post from James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends, offers advice for helping friends work through disagreements.
Feelings are contagious! Christa M. Tinari, M.A., coauthor of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School, shares strategies for boosting the positive emotions of curiosity, hope, and belonging.
Building on the Torrance Manifesto for Children, Susan Daniels, Ph.D., author of Visual Teaching and Learning, shares how to nurture, develop, and sustain children’s capacities for creative expression.
There are so many benefits to teaching social and emotional learning. In this post, early childhood education blogger Molly Breen gives examples of ways you can incorporate SEL into your current practices.
What can adults do to support teens grieving the death of a friend? Use the three Rs—reassure, reason, and redirect—says Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D., author of When a Friend Dies.
Amadee Ricketts, librarian and author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning, takes on the idea that there are boy books and girl books. (Spoiler: there are just books.)
These strategies from Ezra Werb, author of Teach for Attention!, are simple and effective at making things visually clear for students with ADHD—and everyone else too.
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