Our blog had a great 2021, and we want to give a shout-out to our bloggers, authors, and readers! 2021 was challenging in many ways, and we’re thankful that you’re here to make our blog what it is. You are amazing!
Today we’re rounding up the top posts from 2021. Got a favorite we didn’t include? Drop it in the comments.
To help with students’ transition back to the classroom, author Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., reached out to a few students to ask them about their fears, anxieties, and hopes for what is to be our “new normal” and shares those in this post.
Author and school counselor Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., explains how quick and intentional interactions with students help them develop a larger belief that there are people who recognize their existence and care about their well-being—helping meet their social and emotional needs.
Author Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., discusses when perfectionism can become a problem and offers parents and other invested adults advice for helping bright, complex kids lessen the burden of perfectionism.
Author Shannon Anderson and classroom teacher for 25 years shares the creative ways she’s found to pay for things over the years, from fundraisers to grants.
Middle school teacher Isaiah Moore built a short-notice lesson around Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem and shares his experience with his class.
6. The Importance of Intersectionality in Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students: We Are More Than You Think We Are
Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., explores the importance of intersectionality in empowering underrepresented gifted students and provides suggested strategies for educators and schools.
The Week of the Young Child is a springtime celebration of young children and their families. Lydia Bowers and Shawn Forster share activities for each themed day of the week. Watch for Week of the Young Child 2022 from April 2 to 8.
In this post, author Barbara A. Lewis shares the social and emotional power of stories and shares discussion questions and activities connected to The Ugly Duckling for use in classrooms.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, author Connie Bergstein Dow shared three creative movement activities kids can do outside to support their mental health.
Author and middle school counselor Stephanie Filio reminds educators that as more emphasis on intentional SEL practices with students is made, professional development can also employ willful tasks and tools to strengthen staff self-care.
Middle school teacher Isaiah Moore shares six factors that will help educators succeed when collaborating with other educators to create safe spaces for students of color.
Author Lydia Bowers shares how early childhood educators can create a circle time that’s intentional and meaningful.
Coauthors Chris Amirault, Ph.D., and Christine Snyder, M.A., says that when it comes to conflict in the workplace, you should invest time and energy into small situations. They explain why in this post.
Author James J. Crist, Ph.D., shares ways to keep kids connected to each other, including helping them make new friends, that can help reduce the negative fallout from the pandemic.
Author Connie Bergstein Dow offers tips for modifying creative movement activities to be inclusive of all children.
Mentors can be hugely beneficial to new teachers. Principal Andrew Hawk shares seven ways to mentor new teachers during COVID-19.
Routine and fun aren’t mutually exclusive! Author Summer Batte shares ways to create structure and reduce anxiety in children during the summer months.
Looking for a way to connect with Free Spirit authors beyond their books and our blog? Many of them are on social media! Check out just a few of our children’s book authors and where you can find them in this post.
Author and school counselor Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., explores how trauma can affect students’ motivation and how to respond to the changes in their motivation.
Author Naomi Drew, M.A., shares seven simple ways to integrate kindness into your classroom.
It is hard to function at your best if you are sleep deprived. Author James J. Crist, Ph.D., shares how mindfulness can improve children’s sleep.
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