Author Archives: Free Spirit Author

Achieving Equity in Gifted Education

By Dina Brulles, Ph.D., Kimberly Lansdowne, Ph.D., and Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., authors of Understanding and Using the Naglieri General Ability Tests: A Call for Equity in Gifted Education Increasing diversity and achieving equity has long been a goal of … Continue reading

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How Parents Can Help Kids Develop Self-Confidence

By Deborah Farmer Kris, author of the All the Time series A couple of years ago, my youngest child woke up and announced his intention to ride his bike without training wheels . . . right now. Note: he had … Continue reading

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Using Growth Mindset to Help Students Overcome Perfectionism

By Shannon Anderson, author of  Mindset Power: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Better Every Day Have you ever heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect?” I spent many years thinking my goal should be executing something perfectly to achieve success. As … Continue reading

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Acting Out: 3 Drama Exercises to Help Kids Manage Big Emotions

by Valerie Coulman, author of Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings) Whenever we tackle a new skill, we need practice. Whether it’s playing an instrument, baking the perfect cupcake, teaching in a classroom, or driving a forklift, we … Continue reading

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Using Wordless Picture Books to Get Kids Talking About Bullying

by Ken Willard, author of Laney Dances in the Rain National Bullying Prevention Month in October offers an opportunity to open a discussion on bullying that can continue all year, promote positive interaction, and offer children a safe space for … Continue reading

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