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MIKE ANDERSON: ABOUT

Mike Anderson was a Responsive Classroom consultant and developer, and author. He has also presented at national conferences such as Learning and the Brain, ASCD, and NCTE. An Instructor Summer Literacy Institutes at The University of New Hampshire and a Presenter at the University of New Hampshire Professional Development and Training. Mike was a third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade teacher for fifteen years. He often dreams of returning to the classroom one day.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW

A prolific writer, Mike has authored eight books. His latest, What We Say and How We Say It Matter hit best-seller status five months after its release. His books share two traits: practical and readable–written with curious and busy teachers in mind. Mike has also authored many articles through Language Arts Magazine, Educational Leadership, and Edutopia.

He shares many practical ideas for outstanding teaching and learning through his blog. Many of his blog articles are featured as resources through colleges and universities.

MIKE ANDERSON OTHER BOOKS INCLUDE;

  • Tackling the Motivation Crisis
  • What We Say and How We Say, It Matter
  • Teacher Talk that Matters
  • Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn
  • The Well-Balanced Teacher
  • The Research-Ready Classroom
  • The First Six Weeks of School, 2nd Edition
  • What Every Teacher Needs to Know Series

HIS BOOKS SUMMARY

TACKLING THE MOTIVATION CRISIS

HOW TO ACTIVATE STUDENT LEARNING WITHOUT BEHAVIOR CHARTS OR PIZZA PARTIES, OR OTHER HARD-TO-QUIT INCENTIVE SYSTEMS

Schools across America and around the globe use rewards (tickets and marble jars, traditional grades, and teacher-centric praise as well as promises of pizza parties) to motivate their students’ learning and behavior. This book provides an alternative that encourages students to self-motivation and not relies on external rewards.

This book will teach you how to get rid of incentives and tap into students’ intrinsic motivations. It also teaches you how to manage your time effectively.

WHAT WE SAY AND HOW WE SAY IT MATTER
TEACHER-TALK THAT IMPROVES STUDENT LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR

All of us have the best intentions for our students. We want them to become independent, thoughtful, kind, and self-motivated individuals. Unfortunately, these reasonable goals may be undermined by our everyday language. When we say, “I like the quiet way you walk in the hall!” We might be teaching kids to be compliant rather than independent and ethical thinkers.

This book was written with empathy and understanding for PreK-12+ teachers in all roles: paraprofessionals, administrators or coaches…anyone who works closely with children.

TEACHER TALK

Many educators have stated, “I wish that I had a quick guide with reminders of good language-something that I could carry around or keep on my desk as I teach.” It’s here!

This Quick Reference Guide is the perfect companion to What We Say and How It Matters. This trifold guide is six pages long and contains essential advice and information about the excellent language. This guide includes a guide for changing your language patterns and a reusable planning sheet so that you can keep your goals visible and easily accessible.

LEARN TO CHOOSE, CHOOSING TO LEARN
THE KEY TO STUDENT MOTIVATION & ACHIEVEMENT

Do you want your students to be more engaged in learning and more enthusiastic about their education? You want to reduce disruptions in the classroom. One strategy, when used correctly, could help! Could this be a strategy that could help? This book will teach you how to implement choice well. It will also show you essential conditions that can be created, so your students choose based on their learning needs and not what is easiest or popular.

This book is written in conversational language for educators in K-12. It will be an easy-to-read guide to implementing choice in the classroom.

THE WELL-BALANCED TEACHER
HOW TO WORK SMARTER AND STAY SANE IN THE CLASSROOM AND OUT

Do you struggle to balance your work and personal life as a teacher? You are not the only one struggling to find a work-life balance as a teacher. Teachers are often caregivers. However, when we spend too much time caring for others, it eventually leads to burnout.

This book will provide you with practical tips on how to put on your oxygen mask correctly. This book contains practical advice, is written in a supportive tone, and is easy to read. It’s an excellent resource for anyone who wants to adopt healthy habits during all the chaos and excitement that comes with teaching.

THE RESEARCH-READY CLASSROOM
DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTIONS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

Unique learning happens when students are given a chance to study a topic that interests them. This book will guide teachers in the process of encouraging students to do their research. This book will teach you to guide students in choosing topics, asking interesting questions, finding good resources, and authentically sharing their learning. You’ll have the knowledge and experience to help your students with research projects.

THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF SCHOOL

It is crucial to establish routines and build positive learning communities. How do you achieve this in today’s fast-paced educational environment, where academics must start from day one? Mike Anderson, the Second Edition of this beloved classic, guides you through the first six weeks. Then, he will guide you through the complex balance act required to build community and teach academics at the start of the school year.

This book is packed with practical advice and divided into grade-specific sections. It’s the perfect guide for the start of the school year!

WHAT EVERY 5TH GRADE TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW
ABOUT SETTING UP AND RUNNING A CLASSROOM

Are you a new teacher about to start a journey in 5th grade? Maybe you are a veteran teacher who wants to change grades or find new ideas. This book is excellent for all levels of education. You will learn how to combine the teaching of academics with the development of social and emotional skills. Learn how to create positive communities while teaching.

Mike Anderson, a teacher who has won numerous awards, shares 15 years of classroom experience with this lively exploration of outstanding fifth-grade teaching.

WHAT EVERY 4TH GRADE TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW
ABOUT SETTING UP AND RUNNING A CLASSROOM

Are you a new teacher about to start a 4th-grade adventure? Maybe you are a veteran teacher who wants to change grades or find new ideas. This book is excellent for all levels of education. You will learn how to combine the teaching of academic excellence with the development of social and emotional skills. Learn how to create positive communities while teaching.

WHAT EVERY 3RD GRADE TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW
ABOUT SETTING UP AND RUNNING A CLASSROOM

Are you a new teacher about to start a journey in the 3rd grade? Maybe you are a veteran teacher who wants to change grades or find new ideas. This book is excellent for all levels of education. You will learn how to combine the teaching of academic subjects with the development of emotional and social skills. Learn how to create positive communities while teaching.

Mike Anderson, a teacher who has won numerous awards, shares 15 years of classroom experience with this lively exploration of outstanding teaching in fifth grade.

Professional Accolades

Mike was honored to be awarded the Outstanding Education Leader Award by NHASCD in June 2020.

Mike was named the New Hampshire Teacher Of The Year 2005.

Mike received the National Milken Educator Award in 2004. This award honors and celebrates exceptional teachers. Recipients receive $25,000 unrestricted recognition in addition to national recognition.

Mike co-authored the What Every Teacher Needs to Know series. He was a finalist in the Distinguished Achievement Award. The Association of Educational Publishers presents it.

Mike’s Six Weeks of School was awarded a bronze award in 2016 by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Teaching Experience

MIKE ANDERSON
MIKE ANDERSON

Mike was a teacher for fifteen years in the third, fourth, and fifth grades. He taught first in East Lyme CT, then in Portsmouth, NH. He enjoyed facilitating independent research and was always looking for new read-aloud. He also loved finding ways to make learning fun and meaningful from the perspective of his students.

Mike has worked with children in many other settings. He was both a high-school and age-group swimmer coach. Throughout his undergraduate years, he worked with pre-school children. He was a parent-helper in a high school science club, nicknamed Science Dad by one of his students.

Personal Interests

Mike lives with his fantastic family in Durham, NH. Heather, his wife, is an educator. She is currently pursuing work as a knit teacher and designer. Ethan is currently a first-year student at college, while Carly is a senior in high school. The family enjoys biking, hiking, visiting family, and spending time with friends.

Mike is passionate about education and enjoys the outdoors. He loves to garden, landscape, and keep logs of photos and information of animals and birds he observes. In addition, he enjoys taking on house projects like building concrete countertops or replacing windows. Running is his latest hobby. He is currently trying to run a half-marathon and has been running 5Ks. Mike is also a huge Red Sox fan. But don’t worry, Mike will still consult in Yankee territory.

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