Professional Development

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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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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Supporting Staff Health and Balance: Ideas for Principals

We all know the power of positive community in the classroom. When students feel valued, are known for their strengths, enjoy coming to school, and feel safe and supported, they are more ready to engage in great learning. Not surprisingly, the same is true for adult communities

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Building Staff Community Early in the Year

Building Staff Community Early in the Year

Emily lay curled up under her covers long after the alarm clock had woken her up. Her mother came into her room. “Emily! You need to get up! It’s the first day of school and it’s time to get going!” Emily put the pillow over her head.

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Rethinking Rewards and Incentives

Rethinking Rewards and Incentives

In my first two years as a classroom teacher, I used an incentive system to try and motivate and manage students. At each cluster of four student desks, there was a plastic dish. When groups were working well, paying attention, acting kindly, etc., I would throw a

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Good Professional Development Should Mirror Good Teaching

Good Professional Development Should Mirror Good Teaching

“I went to a workshop on active learning, and we just sat and listened all day!” “I attended a ‘differentiated instruction’ seminar, and we all did the same thing at the same time!” “Why can’t we ever get professional development days that actually use good instructional practices?”

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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.