Effective and respectful management and discipline strategies enable educators to create environments where students feel safe enough to take the risks necessary for great learning. Here are some frequently-requested offerings that might help us find a good starting point for our work together:
There are important social and emotional competencies that students need to develop to be successful in school and beyond. And yet, too often in schools, these skills are demanded but not taught (“Cooperate in your group work today!”) or taught in isolation, separate from academic work (February is Empathy month!). Through this work, teachers will learn to identify the social and emotional skills their students need to be successful and develop a repertoire of practical strategies for teaching them as a part of the regular instructional day. Some specific topics might include:
- What is social and emotional learning?
- Identifying SEL skills needed for success
- Developmentally appropriate practice
- Specific strategies to teach SEL skills (modeling, role play, activities, etc.)
- School climate and culture
- Respectful disciplineContact Mike
- Effective teacher language
One disruptive student can bring all teaching and learning to a halt, and in many classrooms, there are several (or more!) students with such challenges. Teachers who are already under incredible pressure to deliver an unrealistic amount of content in too little time feel overwhelmed with students who melt down, refuse to do work, and disrupt others. Teachers need practical strategies and supports. To be clear, this work isn’t about quick-fixes or silver-bullet cures. It’s about building teachers’ and students’ skills sets to set everyone up for long-term growth. Some key topics may include:
- Using logical and natural consequences to set firm and respectful limits
- Using supportive strategies such as class meetings, student-teacher conferences, role-play and more
- Teaching positive behaviors and skills to set students up for success
- Decreasing power struggles and building positive relationshipsContact Mike
- School-wide protocols and supports for students who need out-of-classroom support
As the author of The First Six Weeks of School, you can bet that I have plenty of ideas for how to get the school year off to a positive beginning! Just as the foundation of a building provides the solid base on which the rest of the building depends, so too, the beginning of the school year is the foundation of the school year. Whether you teach self-contained first grade, high school science, or music across all grade levels, there are a few key ideas about the beginning of the school year that we might explore together, including:
- Teaching the routines needed to support independent learning
- Teaching positive discipline
- Blending social, emotional, and academic learning early in the year
- Building positive relationships with students
- Developing strong and supportive communities of learnersContact Mike
- Creating healthy habits to start the year
The language we use with students impacts every aspect of school, and is perhaps the single most important strategy we have as educators. It sets the tone of any school environment: academic lessons and activities, hallways, the cafeteria, the playground, whole school assemblies, one-on-one coaching sessions, and more. It’s not surprising that this is the topic I end up consulting about the most, either as a school-wide focus or as an embedded topic in other professional development. Here are just a few of the topics that emerge most often:
- Helping students develop a growth mindset
- Using clear, firm, and respectful language to set limits
- Rethinking praise–offering more thoughtful and purposeful positive feedback
- Language that boosts student ownership of learningContact Mike
- Strategies for changing language patterns
Mike did a wonderful job of giving our school helpful ways to manage and co-create an ideal classroom environment with students of all ages and backgrounds.
Kristine Kobe Assistant Teacher, Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA August 24, 2017
Mike is a wealth of knowledge of best teaching practices. Implementing these strategies can enhance any teacher's effectiveness.
Jay Frisch Science Teacher, Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA August 24, 2017
Mike Anderson came to our school because faculty and parents alike recognized a need for improved SEL at our school. The workshop provided practical, reasonable, researched-based tools and structures for us to adopt a common language and approach across all classrooms. I can't wait to see the shifts in action!
Tessa McKeown 1st Grade Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator, Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA August 24, 2017
The workshop was engaging and highly informative. Mike has equipped our school tool box with strategies to cultivate reflection and student growth in fun and caring ways. They were two days well spent!
Lori Fine 4th Grade Math/Science Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
Mike's workshop was very engaging and he did an outstanding job of modeling the ideas and strategies he presented to us. (Practice what you preach!)
Jason Kittles 1st Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
Mike was able to give a thorough overview about proactive and reactive strategies that I can implement in my classroom in an engaging and meaningful workshop.
Karen Zielke de Picado 1st Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
This was the professional development workshop that I have been waiting for! I've never before felt so equipped and supported to try out new techniques to start the school year.
Kaya McAnear 2nd Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
This workshop was thought-provoking and challenged many of the strategies and theories I have been taught over the years. I'm a new teacher this year, so I really appreciated how this workshop encouraged me to challenge pre-conceived notions and provided me with practical strategies to use and reflect on in my own classroom.
Samantha Goldsmith 4th Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
Mike offered realistic, applicable strategies regarding choice and promoting positive social-emotional health in the classroom. I am excited to start this year with so many new tools in my tool belt!
Shelby Buker 3rd Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn is a workshop that motivates me to continue shifting my mindset toward giving students the control of their learning. It is meaningful because it applies to everyday practice.
Ruth Albuquerque Primary School Assistant Principal, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
What a wonderfully rich and informative workshop! Mike's experience and expertise was inspiring and I can't wait to try the proactive strategies! Thank you, Mike, for the engaging experience!
Laura Brannon 2nd Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
Life is about making choices and making good ones. For us teachers it should be about providing them to our students. As a learner, I highly recommend that you choose to work with Mr. Anderson through his workshops, books, blog, etc.
Ryan Nygren 5th Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
This is the best workshop I've received in my 4 years at ANS. You were clear, dynamic, and hands-on. The way you gave the presentation was the same way we need to start working--structured, with choices, reflection, with modeling and real examples. Thank you so much! Please come back!
Irene Rodriguez Learning Support, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua August 20, 2017
Teachers never have enough time, but make time for this one! Over a period of two days, I was able to check off over half my "getting ready for the first day" checklist.
Wendy Stough 1st Grade Teacher, Fairgrounds Elementary School, Nashua, NH August 24, 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
Mike, you brought together a group of people who believe in SEL and managed to bring us closer to a collective understanding of the topic and the beginnings of a path toward action. You did NOT bring us a boiler plate.
Dennis Harrington Principal, Moharimet Elementary School, Madbury, NH February 25, 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
(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
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
This PD (effective discipline) kept me engaged and it was respectful. (We didn't have to do silly exercises that weren't helpful.) It was very helpful to practice using appropriate language that will be used in the classroom.
Stephanie Wiatr Pre-K Teacher Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT October 24, 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
Mike Anderson's presentation on effective discipline was insightful and made our teaching staff think carefully about language choice and child centered approaches to support social-emotional learning.
Jessica Ben-David Teacher 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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