Professional Development

A Few Tips for Teachers Giving Presentations

A Few Tips for Teachers Giving Presentations

It seems to be more and more common for teachers to give presentations to adult audiences. Whether it’s sharing with parents at an open house night, making a persuasive speech at a school board meeting, facilitating part of a faculty meeting, or presenting at a local or

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Avoid the (Teacher) Summer Slide

Avoid the (Teacher) Summer Slide
Kids who completely disconnect from all literacy and math during the summer may experience the “summer slide.” They return to school in the fall rusty--with little school stamina. They may even lose academic ground that they gained the previous year. So too, when teachers completely disconnect fromRead more

36 Ideas for the Last Weeks of School

36 Ideas for the Last Weeks of School

We all know the importance of the first six weeks of school. We build positive relationships with students and a strong sense of community membership within our classes. We establish consistent and predictable routines to help students feel safe and allow them to navigate learning more independently. We also

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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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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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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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Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

In response to a recent Well-Balanced Teacher Facebook post about teacher burnout, a teacher quipped: “When it’s only a month into the school year and people already feel burnt out, stressed, and overwhelmed, there is a problem!” So why is October such a hard month for some

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School Leaders: Take Care of Your Teachers! 17 Ideas for Supporting Staff Health and Balance

School Leaders: Take Care of Your Teachers!  17 Ideas for Supporting Staff Health and Balance

Teachers are burning out at an alarming rate. Overworked and saddled with increasingly complex and overwhelming responsibilities, not to mention more challenging students and families, many teachers are suffering from exhaustion and chronic stress. Not surprisingly, this has a profound and negative impact on students. After all,

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Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Many schools are working hard to help promote a growth mindset in their students. I recently facilitated a learning session with a group of teachers that I’d like to pass along. It is a simple activity that yielded some powerful thinking and concrete strategies. I encourage you

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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.