Author Archives: Free Spirit Author

Expanding Your Circles of Personal and Professional Support

By Sandra Heidemann, M.S., Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed., and Claire Chang, M.A., coauthors of Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood Ana had had a very long day. She sat down to write notes on a child’s behaviors that had troubled her. But … Continue reading

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Nurturing Everyday Creativity in Children

By Susan Daniels, Ph.D., author of Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K–8 Nurturing creativity in children has been an interest of mine over my entire career—while working with gifted children in an enrichment setting, while teaching … Continue reading

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Sensory Breaks for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Benjamin Farrey-Latz, author of I Can Learn Social Skills! Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up Even if you don’t work directly with students with special needs, you’ve probably heard that children (and adults) with … Continue reading

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How to Integrate Leadership Lessons into Every Subject

By Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S., author of the Everyday Leadership series It’s early in a new year. Attitudes are blooming with new ideas and optimism after the stress of the holidays, the year is a blank page, and kids are … Continue reading

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On Boy Books and Girl Books

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning There are no such things as “girl books” and “boy books.” There is just a universe of books, waiting to be matched up with a universe … Continue reading

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