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The Early Childhood Classroom Environment: Your Silent Teaching Partner

By Molly Breen In graduate school, I learned about a preschool teacher who, at the beginning of the school year and after all subsequent resetting of the classroom, would “walk” the entire classroom on her knees to perceive the environment … Continue reading

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Teachers Tell Us: Tried-and-True Icebreaker Activities for the New School Year

Icebreaker activities are a great way to get kids talking about themselves and connecting with their classmates. The Free Spirit Advisory Board is here to share their tried-and-true activities to break the ice and help kids feel excited for the … Continue reading

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Quick Bursts to Brighten the Winter Blues and Engage Young Brains

Adapted from Brain Boosters for Groups In a Jar®: Brain-enhancing games to get teens moving and connecting by Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor As winter drags on, the gray days (or white ones) and cold nights can lead to fidgety … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Groups Thrive on Teambuilding Games

By Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor, coauthors of Brain Boosters for Groups In a Jar® Looking for a way to build team spirit with a group of teens? Trying to get them off their phones or electronic devices? Want to … Continue reading

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Bonus Brain Boosters: Activities That Didn’t Fit

By Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor, coauthors of Brain Boosters for Groups In a Jar® Like many other writers, one particular part of the editing process makes us wince—the deletion of material! Gasp! Horror! Not just any material, mind you, … Continue reading

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