Social and Emotional Learning

When Students Learn to Choose, They Choose to Learn

Note: This article first appeared on Learning Personalized in April, 2016: http://www.learningpersonalized.com/students-learn-choose-choose-learn/. Thanks go out to my friend and colleague, Allison Zmuda, who originally published the post!   I was recently working with a group of high school teachers, and they voiced a concern that I’ve heard

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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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Check in on Your Most Vulnerable Students

Check in on Your Most Vulnerable Students

The first weeks of school are long past, and your class has likely settled into a rhythm. This is a great time of year to reflect on how things are going. Are routines running as smoothly as you’d like? Are students growing in independence as they navigate

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How (and Why) I Stopped Saying, “I like the way you…”

How (and Why) I Stopped Saying, “I like the way you…”

For a long time, when I wanted to give students positive feedback about their work or behavior, I began with some version of, “I like the way you…” “Jeremy, I like the way you’re working so hard on that math challenge!” “Hey, everyone! I loved the way

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When Students Are Disruptive: 10 Ideas to Try

When Students Are Disruptive: 10 Ideas to Try

One student can change the feel of a whole classroom. John throws a tantrum whenever things don’t go his way. Alicia enters the room each morning with a deep scowl exuding negative energy. Allen has way too much sexual knowledge and seems to say something inappropriate whenever

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Six Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students

Six Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students

One of our primary goals at the beginning of the school year is to get to know our students. This is important for several reasons.First, the better we know our students, and the more they know we know them, the more invested they become in school. Also,

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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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Mighty Meltdowns in the Month of May

Mighty Meltdowns in the Month of May

Mikey V. was a challenging fourth grader. He broke down in tears often in the beginning of the year. Reading was hard. Math was hard. Recess was hard. Everything was hard. He crumpled work papers, fought on the playground, and teased other kids. It was even worse

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Uncle Curmudgeon: Don’t Hide Learning When It’s Fun!

Uncle Curmudgeon: Don’t Hide Learning When It’s Fun!

Every now and then, I come across a letter from Uncle Curmudgeon, an old retired teacher, to his niece, Kennari, an aspiring new teacher. I’m happy to pass them along from time to time!   Dear Kennari, Greetings. It’s another slow day here at Sweet Meadow Acres

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Integrating a Whole Child Approach: Beyond Extra Curricular Activities

Integrating a Whole Child Approach: Beyond Extra Curricular Activities

Few would argue with the importance of educating the whole child. Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development. As I work with schools

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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.