Author Archives: Free Spirit Publishing

Enter to Win Survival Guides for Kids with Special Needs

Straightforward, friendly, and loaded with practical advice, these hands-on guides for kids with special needs give students the tools they need to not only survive, but thrive. With plenty of realistic examples and bright illustrations, these guides are accessible, encouraging, … Continue reading

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Cultivate a Culture of Integrity in Your Classroom

By Andrew Hawk Toward the end of my last methods of teaching class for my bachelor’s degree, the professor delivered a lecture on community expectations for teachers. During this lecture, she reinforced what many of us already knew: Teachers are expected … Continue reading

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I First Felt Like an Educator When . . .

When did you first feel like a “real” educator? Members of our Free Spirit Advisory Board open up about their experiences, and you might be surprised by some of their answers. I was going to present a guidance lesson in … Continue reading

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Defusing Refusing: Reaching and Teaching Students Who Display Resistant, Defiant, and Confrontational Behavior (Part 1 of 3)

By Tom McIntyre, Ph.D., author of The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges Few educators have received advanced training for working productively with contentious kids—those pupils whose behavior patterns include frequent and intense oppositional and argumentative outbursts. These episodes, … Continue reading

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Inauguration Apprehension: How to Help Children Express Their Feelings in Times of Change

By Barbara Gruener Part of our Counselor’s Corner series. Click to read other posts in the Counselor’s Corner. The inauguration of the next president of the United States can be an exciting time of possibility, change, and growth, but due … Continue reading

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