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Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!

Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!

What we all want as teachers, is for our students to be independent–students who take ownership of their learning. Every so often I ask students to fill out a sticky note with an idea for a lesson they would like taught. They then post the sticky note

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Letting Students Make the Choice

Letting Students Make the Choice

Rick Gifford knew that a worksheet where students define words and then use them in a sentence wasn’t the most engaging way for them to learn and practice math vocabulary. He wanted to spruce things up and give his students some choice, but he was struggling to

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Homework: A Grievable Offense

Homework: A Grievable Offense

It’s the beginning of a new school year, and your energy and optimism are high. You’re looking forward to a wonderful year—full of new growth and learning. As you settle in with colleagues for the first staff meeting, you chat excitedly with people nearby. You’re eager to

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Teach Like Finland: A Must-Read for All Educators

Teach Like Finland: A Must-Read for All Educators

What if the best recipe for creating successful schools was developing relaxed, safe, and joyful ones? What if the key to raising achievement (even as measured by standardized tests) was to have students engage in authentic, student-driven, choice-based, and fun learning? What of this isn’t a pipe-dream

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Five Ways to Move Away from Compliance-Based Classrooms

Five Ways to Move Away from Compliance-Based Classrooms

In survey after survey, business leaders are clear about what they’re looking for in employees. They want creative, dynamic, and independent thinkers. They want people who work well with a variety of people. And, importantly, they don’t want to hire people who need to be motivated and

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Connecting SEL and Literacy Teaching: A PD Activity to Try

Connecting SEL and Literacy Teaching: A PD Activity to Try

I wish I could teach social and emotional skills, but there’s too much pressure to teach academics—I just don’t have time! As I work with teachers in schools across the United States, I often hear some version of this statement. It’s easy to see how teachers can

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Succeed in (Don’t Just Survive) the Last Days of School

Succeed in (Don’t Just Survive) the Last Days of School

You already know this, but I’m going to say it anyway. You can’t do it all in these last days of school. Go ahead. Admit it. You have too much planned, and you know no one’s going to come along and give you more days. There’s a

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What is Self-Differentiation?

What is Self-Differentiation?

How Sharing Control of Learning with Students Make Differentiation Better Too often, differentiation (especially when it’s called differentiated instruction) places nearly all of the responsibility and work for differentiation in the teacher’s court. This often results in teachers feeling like they need to create separate activities and

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Spark Passion and Purpose with Independent Research

Spark Passion and Purpose with Independent Research

One of the most exciting and enjoyable ways to differentiate learning for students is to lead them through a process of independent research. When students get to dig deeply into something they’re passionate about, they have the drive and stamina to engage in incredibly complex and vigorous

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12 Routines to Revisit in January

12 Routines to Revisit in January

You invested hours and hours of time and energy in the first six weeks of school teaching and practicing routines, and it made a huge difference. Students knew what to do and how to do it, and your classroom (usually) ran smoothly. Now, your students have just

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Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.