Great academic teaching isn’t a gift or a natural born talent. It is a skill set–one that all teachers can build and refine. The following topics are ones that might serve as a good starting place for a customized plan:
Based on my newest book, Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn, this work can help teachers use choice in everyday teaching and learning to boost intrinsic motivation, help students self-differentiate their work, and find more positive energy and joy in daily schoolwork. Some specific topics might include:
- Creating good choices, and helping students learn to choose well
- Teaching metacognition, boosting student ownership, and creating positive learning environments
- Differentiating learning (and teaching self-differentiation!)
- Using choice in literacy, math, science, and any other content areaContact Mike
- Using a step-by-step process for implementing choice well
Have you ever looked at your district/state standards through the lens of social and emotional learning (SEL)? Many academic standards, including Common Core State Standards, have SEL skills embedded throughout. Students must persevere to solve math problems, take others’ perspectives and accept guidance from others as writers, and engage in collaborative conversations in all content areas. Additionally, in order to be successful with just about any academic pursuit, students need an environment that is safe and supportive, and one that will help them develop a growth mindset. Some specific topics might include:
- What is social and emotional learning?
- Identifying SEL skills in academic standards
- Developmentally appropriate practice
- Specific strategies to teach SEL skills (modeling, role play, activities, etc.)
- Personalized learning
- School climate and culture
- Respectful disciplineContact Mike
- Teacher language that leads to a growth mindset
When students have the chance to explore a topic about which they have a keen interest, amazing learning can happen. Based on my first book, The Research-Ready Classroom, this work will help teachers craft independent research projects that will help personalize student learning. Though these kinds of projects can be incredibly flexible and open-ended (such as power-of-one projects), they can also fit beautifully within your school’s science and social studies curricula. Some specific topics might include:
- Creating a classroom where students can function independently
- Connecting content standards within thematic studies
- Differentiation (and self-differentiation!)
- Assessment (and student self-assessment!)
- Effective classroom managementContact Mike
- Social and emotional learning
Mike was really engaging to listen to. He used his own strategies to navigate through his talk. It is nice to go to a workshop that gives actual strategies and isn't just a lecture about ideas!
Shawna Paraprofessional, Conval District, NH August 11, 2016
I have been in a few of Mike's workshops, and I learn something new each time that are easy to implement in everyday life.
Amy St. Ours Paraeducator, Nashua, NH August 11, 2016
Within three full days of work with Mike, my staff was energized and excited to incorporate choice into their classrooms.
Jeanine Heil Principal, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA March 16, 2016
Challenge through choice was an excellent experience! I gleaned many bits of wisdom to put to use in my classroom intentionally! The conversations about teacher language and praise were incredibly thought-provoking, not only within my classroom, but also with my personal children!
Dayna Bloomer 7th Grade English Teacher, Carroll County Middle School, Hillsville, VA March 16, 2016
You are incredibly calm and engaging! Humor adds so much to your talks. You should consider a TED Talk!
Danielle Lutenegger 5th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA March 16, 2016
Mike makes choice seem so important and yet so easy to implement at the same time. His realistic approach and easy-going style helps him be very relatable to the whole staff.
Megan Shulda Math Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA March 16, 2016
Thank you for reminding me/us what education should look and be like.
Julie Webster 6th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA March 16, 2016
Mike is enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. He has real classroom experiences and "gets" teachers. His ideas are powerful and are able to be implemented immediately!
Kristen Robinson Literacy Coach, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA March 16, 2016
Personally, Mike inspired me to vary the choices in my classroom. As a school, he has unified us as a team--all sharing our renewed passion for teaching.
Gillian Andrews 4th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA March 16, 2016
Mike's presentation skills are exceptional. He balances the pace of delivery with a combination of active engagement and reflection. Great energy and fun!
Cheryl Whipple Theme Coach, Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT February 19, 2016
Mike was a phenomenal presenter who presented on a Friday before winter break, but somehow he got me eager and ready to go back to work on Wednesday because of our team's new project.
Callie Mish Teacher, Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT February 19, 2016
Mike is an excellent presenter! He reminded me why I went into this profession and affirms the efforts I put in on a daily basis. Thank you for being so refreshing to education!
Lindsey Everin Pre-K Teacher, Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT February 19, 2016
Best workshop/PD I have had in years.
Karla Gwynn Instructor, Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT February 19, 2016
From this workshop (Challenge through Choice, Literacy) I will be able to empower my students and their learning through choice.
Bethany Kliewer 6th Grade LA Teacher, Dublin Middle School, Pulaski, VA February 19, 2016
Learning how to plan for and structure student choice in literature made me both more excited and comfortable with incorporating choice into my classroom.
Emily Reynolds 5th Grade Reading Teacher, Eastern Elementary/Middle School, Pembroke, VA February 19, 2016
Mike is a wonderful presenter with a plethora of knowledge in helping our students have choice and ownership over their work. The workshop was so insightful and I look forward to the release of his book!
Irena Childress Reading Specialist, Floyd County, VA February 19, 2016
(This day was) well worth missing an instructional day with my students...they will benefit from by absence.
Sherry Miller Science Dept. Head, Narrows High, Giles County, VA February 19, 2016
I have at least three goals set that I will start tomorrow! The time and energy to reflect is nice but particularly when structured. Colleague time is always a rejuvenator as well!
April Hobson English Teacher, Narrows High, Giles County, VA February 19, 2016
Mike Anderson is an engaging, interesting presenter who keeps you involved in the learning and thinking all day. Great workshop!
Rebecca Walters Administrator, Lexington, VA February 19, 2016
Mike's practical approach made 6 hours fly by. He has a common sense attitude and truly cares about helping others become great.
Jared Rader Principal, Macy McClaugherty School Pearisburg, VA February 19, 2016
Mike Anderson is a wonderful facilitator. He has a great depth of experience and knowledge. He provided us with a wealth of strategies and concrete examples...so helpful for us in bringing SEL to our district.
Alex Grout Special Education Teacher, Oyster River Middle School, Durham, NH January 25, 2016
Mike's depth of knowledge, sharing of resources and willingness to face the tough questions makes these workshops (about social and emotional learning) invaluable. I only wish we could bring this to my entire school!
Paula Roy Counselor, Oyster River Middle School, Durham, NH January 25, 2016
This workshop around choice was excellent. Actual planning and discussion time makes it time very well spent!
Lisa Armstrong Pearl Rhodes Elementary School, Leyden, MA November 6, 2015
Mike is super engaging--presenting information in a real and fun manner--keeping the group interested and entertained and allowing us to explore topics with multiple modalities.
Kristin Gibbs 1/2 Grade Teacher Warwick Community School, Warwick, MA November 6, 2015
Engaging, fun, highly worthwhile, and professionally engaging.
Jay Loubry 6th Grade Teacher Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA November 6, 2015
A day spent working on my practice with Mike Anderson's coaching only sends me back to the classroom with new ideas and the positive energy to jump in with them.
Nolan Kitfield Classroom Teacher Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA November 6, 2015
Mike is an engaging presenter who will work with a district to customize their professional development to meet the needs of the many.
Christine Mullen Teacher Warwick Community School, Warwick, MA November 6, 2015
Mike is an energetic, enthusiastic presenter. Very knowledgeable with a compassion for others in the profession!
Jen Proffitt Social Emotional Development Teacher Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT October 24, 2015
I could really see how much Mike cares about child-centered practices.
Jillian Kelly School Psychologist Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT October 24, 2015
Working with Mike created eye-opening & reflective opportunities for me as a new teacher.
Jessica Zajicek 2nd Grade Teacher Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT October 24, 2015
Mike is a polished and sincere presenter. His stories of being a classroom teacher resonated with us all. The content supported our goals and aligned with our approach.
Cheryl Whipple Theme Coach Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT October 24, 2015
This (Social and Emotional Learning in Academic Teaching) is one of the best classes I have ever had! Even with my 39 years of teaching, this was a class I needed to jump-start my school year in a positive direction.
Beth Hart, Special Education Teacher, Valley Elementary School, Bath County Public Schools August 6, 2015
What an eye-opening class (Social and Emotional Learning in Academic Teaching)! I cannot wait to implement some new things into my classroom and watch the "magic" happen!
Carrie Snedegar, Teacher, Edgemont, VA August 6, 2015
It is important to celebrate and reflect as a whole staff on both successes and challenges! It was a true gift to have the time to then establish and share goals.
Jenna Tenore Principal, Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT July 19, 2015
I truly enjoyed your class! The best thing may be meeting and conversing with unique teachers like you!
James Slavin, Teacher (GED-SEL) Michican Dept. of Corrections, Marenisco, MI June 21, 2015
Challenge through Choice was a very eye-opening session. Through the readings and discussion I was able to reflect on my own teaching and learn ways to empower my students.
Sarah Kovar, Kindergarten Teacher, Marquette, MI June 21, 2015
Mike is true to himself when he facilitates his workshops. He models what he teaches and keeps his learners engaged by using a variety of techniques that truly make learning fun! The content of his work is excellent and relevant to all teachers.
Jennifer, Teacher, Escanaba, MI June 21, 2015
This was an exceptional workshop. Mike did a great job explaining the importance of giving students choices and how to model them for our students. The group interaction and changes in tempo and flow that Mike provided made it both interesting and informative.
Jake Berlinski, Teacher, Escanaba, MI June 21, 2015
Mike not only teaches you how to become a better teacher, he models his own teaching in a way that makes you want to emulate what he does.
Craig LeClaire, Special Education Teacher, Escanaba, MI June 21, 2015
Mike did an excellent job teaching and modeling how to incorporate choice in the classroom. We also had the opportunity to practice and prepare plans for our classroom.
Sherri Teacher Negaunee, MI June 21, 2015
A wonderful opportunity for much-needed self-reflection.
Sandra Castillo 2nd Grade Teacher, JFK School Port Chester, NY May 21, 2015
Mike Anderson is a well spoken and experienced teacher eager to share his exciting vision with the teaching world!
Christen Pratt Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT April 19, 2015
This program (Challenge through Choice) offered great ideas about how to infuse choice into daily lessons. The suggestions were practical and easy to implement.
Jennifer Casella Title I Interventionist Union Sanborn School March 27, 2015
This was the best PD day I've been to this year. Mike is engaging and motivating. His presentation sparked new ideas for me to incorporate into my classroom!
Jess Lamb Kindergarten Teacher Sanborton Central School March 27, 2015
Challenge through Choice was a very engaging workshop. We left the workshop with many plans and ideas for incorporating choice into our lessons.
Carmel Lunt 2nd Grade Teacher Union Sanborn School March 27, 2015
Mike always provides that inspiration and reflection that I need.
Karen Shackett Teacher Tilton, NH March 27, 2015
I have heard Mike Anderson speak on several occasions. He provides an engaging workshop full of relevant and thoughtful ideas. It's fun, too!
Lisa Faller Teacher Union Sanborn School March 27, 2015
Mike Anderson's workshop "Challenge through Choice" was engaging and enlightening. It will make you rethink the choices available to the children you work with each day.
Nancy Pierce Title I Reading Teacher Tilton, NH March 27, 2015
This workshop was fantastic! It was engaging and informative. Mike did a great job making it relatable for use in the classroom every day.
Kelly Blier Special Education Paraprofessional Winnisquam School District March 27, 2015
Mike brought many new concepts to the forefront while touching on many subjects teachers all struggle with.
Anna Benevides Library Media Specialist Northfield, NH March 27, 2015
I've had the honor and privilege to work with Mike Anderson as a consultant at Lynbrook. Mike connects with teachers and leaders to bring his knowledge, experience, positive energy and inspiration to lead great professional learning!
Mary McNamee Principal Lynbrook Elementary School, Springfield, VA March 20, 2015
Thinking about and discussing choice with Mike has made me a better teacher and my students deeper learners. Creating opportunities for purposeful choice in my classroom has been an invaluable shift.
Emily Geltz Teacher, Durham, NH March 15, 2015
Mike gave me the opportunity to reflect on and better my teaching practices in an engaging and well thought out format.
Andrea Lawrence Teacher, Durham, NH March 15, 2015
Mike, thank you so much for sharing your expertise and wisdom! I really enjoyed both of the sessions I attended. I came away with practical ideas to implement in my teaching! Thanks for your humor and clear-concise instruction!
Gayle Robert Teacher, Saint Charles Parish, LA March 12, 2015
Mike always delivers…energizing, stimulating, and even a little provocative! He always gets us thinking in new and creative ways.
Elizabeth Musgrave Principal Warwick Community School, Warwick, MA March 12, 2015
Mike’s presentation was lively and engaging, and the activities mirrored the content being delivered.
Lisa Armstrong Leyden, MA March 12, 2015
Mike Anderson understands teachers and the challenges they face. His workshops support teachers while providing solid useful classroom ideas.
Judi Shilling Leyden, MA March 12, 2015
Mike’s workshops are engaging. You always walk away with something you can use in your classroom the next day.
Kelly Guertin Bernardston, MA March 12, 2015
Mike is an engaging, energetic, and intelligent presenter who kept us engaged and gave us lots of ideas on how to apply topics in our classroom. I left feeling excited and confident to try all topics he discussed!
Kristyn Gibbs Warwick, MA March 12, 2015
Mike was obviously very knowledgeable on the subject he presented, fielded questions in a thorough and thoughtful way, was able to give positive suggestions for specific issues, and make it seem less daunting to implement ideas than teachers initially thought.
Pat Shilo Bernardston, MA March 12, 2015
This presentation by Mike made me more conscious of myself as an aspiring teacher in how to interact with students and engage them in the learning process through choice.
Jane Plummer Keene State College March 12, 2015
I always feel revitalized as a teacher after attending one of Mike’s workshops! His in-depth knowledge of children and learning help to put me back into the mindset I need to keep teaching and reminds me why I got into the profession!
Carolyn Baskowski Northfield, MA March 12, 2015
I have taken several trainings with Mike over the course of my career and every one is better than the last. I always leave with new ideas and am energized to apply the skills from the workshop immediately.
Chriss Mullen Warwick, MA March 12, 2015
Mike Anderson spoke to our districts’ educators as equals. It was refreshing to be validated and challenged as an educator.
Ellenjo Gries Northfield, MA March 12, 2015
It’s always a validating, affirming experience as a teacher to spend a professional development day with Mike. He is a dynamic presenter who has a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humor!
Ashley Fogle Northfield, MA February 18, 2015