Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn


Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn: The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement (ASCD, 2016) is all about how we can help students become more energized, independent, and self-motivated. Written for a K-12 audience across all content areas, any teacher in any role will find concrete and practical ideas for how to create and manage great choices for students–ones that will ignite their fire and passion for learning.

You’ll learn about some of the many benefits of choice, including increased motivation for learning, improved differentiation, fewer behavior problems, and a more joyful classroom environment, just to name a few.

You’ll also explore three key supportive strategies–ones that will both enhance your implementation of choice while also paying dividends throughout the day and across the curriculum: creating a safe and supportive learning environment, boosting student ownership of learning, and teaching students how to learn.

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn a concrete and practical process that will guide your planning and students’ work as you implement choice, whether students are choosing between two articles to read or designing their own independent learning investigation.

Chosen as the ASCD Editor’s Pick for April of 2016, it was distributed to more than 60,000 educators in over 100 countries upon its release in April, 2016. Order a copy on Amazon now!

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  • Mike Anderson
    Mike Anderson is an education consultant, award-winning teacher, and author of many books including What We Say and How We Say It MatterThe Well-Balanced Teacher, The First Six Weeks of School, The Research-Ready Classroom, and Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn. Learn more about Mike and his work or invite him to work with your school or district through his website: Connect with Mike on Twitter: @balancedteacher.

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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.