Social and Emotional Learning

Boost Your Mood Before School Each Day

Boost Your Mood Before School Each Day

This quote is one of my favorites. If you’ve attended a professional development session with me, there’s a good chance I’ve shared this with you at some point. It so clearly articulates the importance of taking good care of ourselves as educators. Teachers’ Moods Impact Students’ Moods

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Reduce Anxiety in the Classroom: Three Strategies to Try

Childhood anxiety is on the rise. According to research cited in a recent Washington Post article, the diagnosis of childhood anxiety in children ages 6-17 has jumped 20% in recent years. The potential causes of anxiety are numerous. A quick scan of some articles (coupled with my

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Five Alternatives to “Good Job!”

Five Alternatives to “Good Job!”

Traditional praise (such as “Good job!” and “I love the way you’re…” can do more harm than good. Read on to find out what to say instead!

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Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

“If I give my students choice, I’m worried they’re going to make bad choices,” I often hear teachers say. “They’re just going to choose the easiest option. Or, they’re going to choose what their friends choose.” There’s no doubt that sometimes students will make poor choices. They

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Teach Social-Emotional Skills through Literacy Workshop

Teach Social-Emotional Skills through Literacy Workshop

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a hot topic in schools right now—as it should be. It’s increasingly clear that social and emotional skills are the keys to the kingdom—it’s the skill set that employers are seeking—the skill set that’s less likely to be outsourced or automated as our economy

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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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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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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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Effective Modeling: 4 Key Components

Effective Modeling: 4 Key Components

It’s now widely recognized that teachers must teach students the routines of the classroom. This is actually a shift. Years ago, it was often just assumed that kids should know how to walk respectfully in the halls, get supplies and move around the room efficiently, and work

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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.