Author Archives: Free Spirit Author

Mindfulness for Rookie Teachers

By James Butler, M.Ed., author of Mindful Classrooms: Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning (PreK to Grade 5) I remember my rookie year in teaching like it was yesterday (it was 2002), and I sure would have benefited from … Continue reading

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Make Many Glorious Mistakes This Year!

By Shannon Anderson, author of Penelope Perfect: A Tale of Perfectionism Gone Wild If you’re a teacher, you know that establishing a culture of kindness and courage from the get-go is SOOO important. When I kick off my first week … Continue reading

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Preparing for Kindergarten: What to Do When EVERYTHING Is New

By Celeste C. Delaney, author of ABC Ready for School: An Alphabet of Social Skills As your children head off to kindergarten, you are no doubt thinking about clothes and supplies and lunches and getting them there on time and … Continue reading

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Helping Children Join In and Play at Recess

By Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., author of the Learning About Me & You, Learning to Get Along®, and Being the Best Me!™ series I remember the anticipation of the first day of school when I was in first grade, and … Continue reading

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Growing as a Teacher with the Help of a Coach

By Sandra Heidemann, M.S. and Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed., M.A., coauthors of Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood As programs aim to improve their care and education, they often use coaches to help teachers implement new strategies. Coaches may help introduce new … Continue reading

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