Author Archives: Free Spirit Publishing

Weathering the Storm of Teacher Layoffs

By Liz Bergren The teaching profession can have its share of instability. When the economy is struggling, budget cuts are bound to happen. Public schools and teachers inevitably are targets when money is tight. Private schools are affected as well: … Continue reading

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Enter the Movement, Learning, and Play Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. This month we’re giving away resources that provide strategies for incorporating learning through movement into daily activities as well as books for kids that celebrate playtime and curiosity. One lucky reader will win: I Play … Continue reading

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Words Matter: Wielding the Power of Language in Education

By Kyra Ostendorf, publisher at Free Spirit Publishing When asking an adult, “What do you do?” we are generally asking what kind of work the person is in. My answer has changed over time from “preschool teacher” to “curriculum writer” … Continue reading

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How to Foster Growth Mindset in Trauma-Informed Classrooms

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW I can clearly recall being in elementary school and having intense jealousy over my art teacher’s scissor skills. Project after project, I would marvel at how she wielded the pair of large “teacher-sized” shears and … Continue reading

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9 Real-Life Dilemmas to Get Kids Thinking About Choices

Decision-making skills are important. Use these nine scenarios with students to spark conversation, reflection, and, hopefully, better choices. You’re walking through the school hallway when you hear some friends saying mean things about a classmate. You feel uncomfortable hearing such … Continue reading

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