Undistracted: Helping Students Learn How to Learn
Teaching students to manage impulses, stay focused on tasks through completion, and develop a sense of autonomy in learning to achieve academic success doesn’t have to be hard. According to Free Spirit author Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., in Self-Regulation in the Classroom , it can be as easy as ABC: A ffect (how you feel), B ehavior (what you do), C ognition (how you think).
In this months book excerpts, you’ll find advice from Dr. Cash and other Free Spirit authors on helping students self-regulate. Read on for:
  • Tips for students to gauge their mental energy
  • Myths and truths about goal setting
  • A guide on how to structure creative thinking in the classroom

Below we’re spotlighting Waiting Is Not Forever , a new board book by author-illustrator team Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen. Youll also find a rave review of Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students, a free download of the Peer Reflection Form from Self-Regulation in the Classroom, and more!
Special Offer
Get 30% off and free shipping on all classroom management resources ,* plus other books mentioned in this month’s issue of Upbeat News ! Sale ends November 30, 2019. Use code NOV30 at checkout. Shop now.

*Excludes discounted sets, clearance items, and eBooks.
New Release Spotlight
Waiting is hard for young children, but learning patience and self-control helps set them up for success.

This new addition to the Best Behavior® series offers ideas to make waiting less frustrating—by drawing, stretching, playing games, and more.

Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
“Preschoolers want what they want, and they want it right now,” writes blogger Molly Breen. In this post, she offers three steps to help young children develop self-control. Read now.
The answer “I’m fine” can mask feelings of overwhelming frustration, anger, anxiety, or many other emotions. Blogger Allison Amy Wedell walks readers through four tips to help young children understand their big feelings.  Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents Inspire Special Events Grants that support the creation or enhancement of short-term projects and events that promote reading, books, literacy, and authors, with the goal of increasing student achievement. Grants may be used for author visits, contests, book clubs, summer reading programs, and displays.

Eligibility: Public, Charter, grades 5–12
Prize: $2,000
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Captain Planet Foundation awards ecoSolution Grants to support environmental projects. Projects must be solution-oriented, project-based, performed by youth, and have real environmental outcomes.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Prize: $500–$2,500
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Recent Review
Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students is an easy-to-read, easy-to-use, practical, and much-needed resource for educators. The authors not only demonstrate research- and evidence-based best practices in the field of gifted education, but also give real-world examples from educators who have identified and met the needs of underserved and underrepresented gifted students in their classrooms and schools by using the toolkit strategies. This book is a valuable tool that is greatly needed to identify, understand, and meet the needs of underserved gifted students whose potential, creativity, curiosity, and gifts must be nurtured and developed.”
—Lois Baldwin, Ed.D., 2e educational consultant and president and cofounder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS)
Free Download
Download and print the 4A’s of Dealing with Stress , a free poster from the Self-Regulation in the Classroom Poster Set . Available in 8.5" x 11" and 11" x 17" .
The Peer Reflection Form from Self-Regulation in the Classroom encourages students to reflect on others’ and their own work by examining affect, behavior, and cognition. Download now.
Find Free Spirit
Upcoming Events and Conferences 

November 7–10: National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM 

November 8–10: Conference on Educational Leadership, National Harbor, MD 

November 16–20: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Nashville, TN

Did you know we’re on Instagram? Follow us @freespiritpublishing for a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite titles, the Free Spirit office dogs, and more!
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”
—Arthur Ashe, American athlete