Author Archives: Mary Stennes Wilbourn

About Mary Stennes Wilbourn

Blogger for Free Spirit Publishing.

Say Something Nice

Work ran late, getting me to the childcare center after closing. The scowls from the staff did nothing to assuage my stress. I stuffed two grouchy toddlers into winter gear and buckled them in their car seats. Love those car … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Ed Tech Training

Scenario: There is a Tech Expo and Workshop Day in your state, and your school decides to send you. Which description best fits you? You spend the day deeply involved in workshops, hit every vendor table that your fellow teachers … Continue reading

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On Memorial Day

Memorial Day has the Free Spirits staying home with their families and friends. Some of us will be picnicking, others at parades or visiting memorial sites important to us. Food, fireworks, and getting in the spirit of summer will be high … Continue reading

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The Free Spirits Reflect on Their Favorite Teachers

This year, to mark Teacher Appreciation Week, which will be celebrated in schools across the country May 4–8, 2015, we at Free Spirit wanted to pay tribute to some of the educators who made big impacts in our lives. We … Continue reading

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Reading and Recommending Graphic Novels

Snow Wildsmith knows graphic novels. She is familiar with the quality of both the writing and the art, and with the variety of genres available in graphic format. She also has a great sense of what kids like. Frequently called … Continue reading

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