Podcast with Mike Anderson and Steve Tucker


May 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Jan Yost, Executive Director

Language, Choice and Balance

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In this podcast, superintendent, Steve Tucker, and author and consultant, Mike Anderson, discuss the challenges of self-directed learning during the COVID-19 crisis. How do we support true self-direction (not simple compliance) in students as they work from home? What are some practical strategies teachers can try? They also discuss how to support self-directed learning in ways that are manageable and not overwhelming for teachers.

About Mike:

Mike Anderson is an award-winning teacher, author, and a highly sought-after education consultant. Mike leads great learning with teachers and schools across the United States and the world on topics such as choice-based differentiated learning, blending social-emotional learning into daily academic work, supporting students with effective and respectful discipline practices, and teacher wellness and balance. Mike has presented at many national conferences including Learning and the Brain, ASCD, and NCTE. Before becoming an independent consultant, Mike was a Responsive Classroom consultant, developer, and author. He taught third, fourth, and fifth grades for fifteen years in and often dreams about heading back into the classroom someday!

Mike is the author of several books including: What We Say and How We Say it Matter:  Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior (ASCD, 2019), Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn (ASCD 2016), The First Six Weeks of School, (CRS, 2015), The Well-Balanced Teacher (ASCD, 2010), and The Research-Ready Classroom (Heinemann, 2006). You can learn more about Mike and his work at (www.leadinggreatlearning.com) and Twitter (@balancedteacher),   For additional resources on the topic: https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Choose-Choosing-Learn-Achievement/dp/1416621830.

About Steve:

Steve Tucker is presently the Superintendent of the Laconia School District and president of NHASCD.  Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Steve was the Director of Curriculum for the Gilford School District.  From 1995-2012, he taught at Laconia High School and was the academic coordinator from 2012-2016.  Stee holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Plymouth State University, and master’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire, and a certificate of advance graduate studies in educational leadership.