Author Archives: Free Spirit Author

First Steps: Three Tips for Building Positive Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

By Otis Kriegel, author of Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn’t Learn in College) Relationships with students’ parents can feel overwhelming, especially for new teachers. You were taught how to teach kids. But probably … Continue reading

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How to Reduce and Resolve Classroom Conflicts for a Peaceful New School Year

By Naomi Drew, M.A., author of No Kidding About Bullying: 126 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along. This post was originally published March 4, 2013. “Hey, get out of my way!” “No, … Continue reading

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Flexible Classroom Seating: Your Questions Answered

By Shannon Anderson, author of Coasting Casey: A Tale of Busting Boredom in School After teaching for twenty-two years, I finally decided to give flexible seating a try. Although there are a few things I will change for the upcoming … Continue reading

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Are Your Kids Ready for School? Tools and Tips for Parents

By Janet S. Fox, author of Get Organized Without Losing It (Revised & Updated Edition) Ah, summer! Whatever your kid-centric routines are during the school year, for most of us summer is a time to hit the reset button. It … Continue reading

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Tongue-Taming Tips for Talkative Kids

By Melissa Martin, author of  Tessie Tames Her Tongue: A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen How do you help a chatty kid with talking and listening skills? Children possess a natural curiosity about the human … Continue reading

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