Thank you for reminding me/us what education should look and be like.
This workshop was a fantastic way to be reflective about my current practices and ways that I can make learning as purposeful, engaging, and relevant to ALL of my students. I left the workshop with significantly more tools in the box than I arrived with.
Mike is a wealth of knowledge of best teaching practices. Implementing these strategies can enhance any teacher's effectiveness.
Mike Anderson is empathetic to the struggles of educators and provides excellent suggestions on how to help set goals and be aware of factors contributing to staff burnout.
Mike's workshop was great. He modeled classroom practices with participants, providing us with choices, interaction, and ideas that can be put to use tomorrow!
A wonderful opportunity for much-needed self-reflection.
(This day was) well worth missing an instructional day with my students...they will benefit from by absence.
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!
Mike is an energetic, enthusiastic presenter. Very knowledgeable with a compassion for others in the profession!
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.
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.
Mike made me realize that as a school division, we must do more to help teachers realize that taking care of yourself is vital and a necessity.
Mike Anderson's ASCD Empower17 presentation, "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" is rich in content and resources.
I truly enjoyed your class! The best thing may be meeting and conversing with unique teachers like you!
Mike is incredibly effective in his facilitation. He provides direct experience in the techniques and ignites the inspiration to take it into the world.
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.
Mike is fantastic at teaching you new ways of thinking about sharing the responsibility of learning with your students.
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!
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.
Mike is an engaging presenter who will work with a district to customize their professional development to meet the needs of the many.
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!
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!
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.
Mike Anderson delivers powerful instruction designed to help every learner be a part of the experience. He models good teaching expertly and keeps the level of engagement high throughout his class.
Mike's presentation skills are exceptional. He balances the pace of delivery with a combination of active engagement and reflection. Great energy and fun!
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.
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.
I have heard Mike Anderson speak on several occasions. He provides an engaging workshop full of relevant and thoughtful ideas. It's fun, too!
I found this particular workshop the best that we have had, since Mike is a teacher. He truly understands the vision, essence, and soul of teaching. I look forward to having him back again at ANS. Thanks a bunch!
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!
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.
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!
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.
After working with Mike for a few days, I am returning to school equipped with strategies and ideas to implement, as well as resources to continue my learning.
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!
Mike is an amazing presenter. He really opened my eyes to how SEL skills can be weaved into academics. I wasn't sure how this could be done, but it is quite doable, and I think it will be something I will continue to explore and practice.
You are incredibly calm and engaging! Humor adds so much to your talks. You should consider a TED Talk!
Mike Anderson offered some great ideas that I would love to see being implemented in my children's classroom.
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.
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.
Mike's practical approach made 6 hours fly by. He has a common sense attitude and truly cares about helping others become great.
Challenge through Choice was a very engaging workshop. We left the workshop with many plans and ideas for incorporating choice into our lessons.
Mike's presentation modeled the very practices he was promoting. He offered choice as a realistic practice for already overwhelmed teachers and provided examples that moved participants from theory to practice.
This program (Challenge through Choice) offered great ideas about how to infuse choice into daily lessons. The suggestions were practical and easy to implement.
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!
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.
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.
This workshop was fantastic! It was engaging and informative. Mike did a great job making it relatable for use in the classroom every day.
As a former superintendent of schools, someone who has worked with thousands of teachers and presenters, it is clear to me that Mike Anderson is truly a master teacher. He understands motivational theory and uses it in his presentations with participants.
Mike Anderson came to our school and has provided us with workshop days, and as a new teacher I found his ideas and philosophies very motivating. I feel ready and excited to hit the ground running!
A refreshing and empowering workshop that opens your mind to the many amazing possibilities of using choices in your class.
Mike Anderson spoke to our districts’ educators as equals. It was refreshing to be validated and challenged as an educator.
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.
This (workshop) was such a great reminder of how important it is to provide choice to all of our students. It was engaging and informative!
Mike always provides that inspiration and reflection that I need.
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!
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.
I really enjoyed learning more about how to craft engaging and meaningful choices in my classroom. I'm excited to bring this learning back to my classroom and bring more joy into our learning experiences.
Mike brought many new concepts to the forefront while touching on many subjects teachers all struggle with.
Mike's approach to teaching adults leads to an engaging and energizing atmosphere. It provides an effective model for teaching students!
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.
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!
In two short days I have learned many new strategies to implement not only as a classroom environment but in my life as a mother as well.
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!
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!
As a first year teacher I am so glad I got to experience this workshop with Mike. He gave us so many new resources and activities that I am eager to try out in my first classroom. Thank you!
Mike always delivers…energizing, stimulating, and even a little provocative! He always gets us thinking in new and creative ways.
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!)
One of the BEST professional development opportunities I've experienced in years. I was engaged in the topic two hours before checking out for the year, so you know the workshop has me involved.
Wow! Great information. I'm so excited to go share and use what I learned. I left excited and wanting to try more choice with students and adults at my school.
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.
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.
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.
Everything Mike said in our session rang true for me! It is so refreshing to know that so many educators are feeling the same way and through goal setting and creative thinking we can all find balance and be the best teachers we can be!
Best workshop/PD I have had in years.
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.
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.
Within three full days of work with Mike, my staff was energized and excited to incorporate choice into their classrooms.
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!
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.
I came into the workshop (Working Toward Health and Balance) feeling stressed, drained and mentally exhausted but ended up feeling rejuvenated and with a new found appreciation for stress and collaboration and taking care of myself.
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.
This workshop around choice was excellent. Actual planning and discussion time makes it time very well spent!
Mike constantly modeled good teaching in our course. He was responsive to our needs, flexible in his planning and provided us with numerous resources to be successful. I appreciate that he gave tangible ways to incorporate our learning into the classroom.
Mike’s workshops are engaging. You always walk away with something you can use in your classroom the next day.
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!
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.
Mike gave me the opportunity to reflect on and better my teaching practices in an engaging and well thought out format.
Mike's course at the UNH Literacy Institute was well organized, highly engaging, and addressed many of our needs as educators. I left the class feeling confident in my understanding of SEL in the readers' and writers' workshop.
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!
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.
Mike Anderson is a well spoken and experienced teacher eager to share his exciting vision with the teaching world!
Mike Anderson understands teachers and the challenges they face. His workshops support teachers while providing solid useful classroom ideas.
Mike’s presentation was lively and engaging, and the activities mirrored the content being delivered.
I highly recommend Mike's workshops. As a first-year teacher, I walked away ready to implement small but important changes that I know will boost engagement and learning in my second year of teaching this fall.
Mike makes you think, choose, create and then reflect in both small and large groups. He teaches you to tweak and refine rather than re-invent everything you do. This process is a multi-faceted tool for your toolbox and is essential for students' life-long learning.
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.
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!
I left Mike's workshop feeling inspired and motivated!
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!
Engaging, fun, highly worthwhile, and professionally engaging.
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.
From this workshop (Challenge through Choice, Literacy) I will be able to empower my students and their learning through choice.
Learning how to plan for and structure student choice in literature made me both more excited and comfortable with incorporating choice into my classroom.
Working with Mike created eye-opening & reflective opportunities for me as a new teacher.
Mike came into our school and said out loud what we all feel and think. He validated our concerns and made me realize that there are good reasons I'm behind and so tired.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Mike, thank you for a very positive jump start to our Summer Summit Conference. Exceptional workshop!
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.
I wish I had this training as a new teacher. Mike's message is invaluable!
Mike Anderson is an engaging, interesting presenter who keeps you involved in the learning and thinking all day. Great workshop!
The Well-Balanced Teacher presentation was excellent. I could relate to Mike's scenarios and I appreciate that. I will buy that book!
I could really see how much Mike cares about child-centered practices.