Author Archives: Free Spirit Publishing

13 Out-of-the-Ordinary Questions for More Meaningful Conversations with Kids

Adapted from Tell Me More In a Jar®: SEL Conversation Starters Small talk with anyone can be uncomfortable and awkward, am I right? But starting conversations with kids . . . that’s in a class of its own. Try the … Continue reading

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Class Project: Creating Video Book Reviews

By Tina Zureick and Craig Dunlap How would someone pick a good book if they could not read? For the past three years, Tina has been asking this question of her second graders at Yealey Elementary School in Florence, Kentucky. … Continue reading

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What You Can Learn from Recording Yourself Teaching

By Andrew Hawk When I was earning my bachelor’s degree, we had to complete several assignments based on watching a video of ourselves teaching. Back then, cell phones didn’t have the capability to capture videos. I can remember attaching a … Continue reading

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Enter to Win an SEL Coloring Book!

This month we are giving away a copy of Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning (in English or Spanish) to five lucky readers. Kids can reflect, relax, and focus with 36 mindful coloring activities. To Enter: Leave a … Continue reading

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When We Lose a Fellow Teacher

By Stephanie Filio When someone in a school has something to celebrate, the whole school celebrates together. Marriages, graduations, babies—no matter what it is, the staff is less weighty, the kids catch the spirit, and everyone moves through the day … Continue reading

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