Teaching Strategies

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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Set Students Up for Success with Choice

Set Students Up for Success with Choice

The way we introduce learning options to students can make or break a choice experience for students. In this blog post, you’ll learn some practical strategies and ideas from Maggie West, a fifth-grade teacher in Conway, Massachusetts. To get the most out of this post, I suggest

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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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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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Getting Started with Cloning Yourself in the Classroom

Getting Started with Cloning Yourself in the Classroom

Here’s another great post by guest-blogger and teacher, Gillian Andrews. Enjoy! You may have read my previous blog post, Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!, and thought this looks like a great idea in theory, but who has time? I get it! I’m a teacher.

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Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!

Need More Teachers in the Classroom? Clone Yourself!
Today's cool idea comes to us from friend and colleague, Gillian Andrews. Make sure to check out her bio at the end of this post! How many times on any given day do you catch yourself saying, “I wish there were three of me?” In writing youRead more

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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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.