Author Archives: Free Spirit Publishing

Student Engagement and the Power of Connecting

By Stephanie Filio Retaining a student’s attention is only a small part of what educators do to ensure that students are engaged in material. Engagement in learning is a constant cognitive immersion. In environments where this constant immersion is occurring, … Continue reading

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Flu Season Survival Guide for Teachers

By Andrew Hawk Being a teacher comes with several occupational hazards. One of these hazards is the exposure to infectious diseases. It’s not just that children take part in a variety of habits that spread germs, it’s that schools put … Continue reading

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Bullying 101

By James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends Bullying is essentially a pattern of repeated hurtful behavior toward others, generally with the bullying person having a power advantage over the target, in terms … Continue reading

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The Early Childhood Classroom Environment: Your Silent Teaching Partner

By Molly Breen In graduate school, I learned about a preschool teacher who, at the beginning of the school year and after all subsequent resetting of the classroom, would “walk” the entire classroom on her knees to perceive the environment … Continue reading

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How to Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Allison Wedell Schumacher I don’t know about you, but I got a little deer-in-the-headlights at my first few parent-teacher conferences for my daughter. We sat down with her kindergarten teacher, who is about as kind and nonthreatening as a … Continue reading

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