Give Students the Power to ‘Self-differentiate’ with Learning Choices


Speaker: Mike Anderson


Webinar Description

“When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.”  Maxim Gorky

You’ve seen it more than once:  A student who typically is not motivated in school suddenly gets fired up to do an ambitious and complex project even though you’ve offered the class less demanding options for fulfilling an assignment.

The student has stumbled on a new interest or passion and has essentially “self-differentiated” to do challenging work. Your once indifferent student is now engaged, motivated and eager to learn.

When teachers are willing to share power in learning and give students choice in what and how they learn, amazing things can happen!

Join Mike Anderson, author of the ASCD book of the month, Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn,  for a webinar on an innovative and thoughtful approach to  student choice in instruction and learning. Help your students discover what drives them while you rediscover the joys of teaching engaged students.

Webinar Topics

  • How and why choice is a valuable tool for differentiation
  • The three criteria for developing good choices for your students
  • A step-by-step process for implementing choice in any content area and at any grade level
  • How to help  your students make the best choices for their learning
  • Supporting them in evaluating their choices
  • Simple and practical examples of effective learning choices
  • Lots of resources: Gain access to an online binder of resources (planning guides, videos, articles, etc.) to support your ongoing work


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About the Speaker

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is an award-winning educator (National Milken Educator Award and New Hampshire Teacher of the Year finalist) and author of many books about great teaching and learning, including The First Six Weeks of School (2nd Edition);  The Well-balanced Teacher; and Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn, which was chosen as the ASCD book of the month for April 2016. More than 62,000 copies of this book have been sent to educators in more than 100 countries.

After 15 years as a classroom teacher and more than 6 years as a Responsive Classroom® consultant, presenter and leader developer. Mike is now working in schools across the US and beyond as an independent consultant.

Professional learning resources:

Give Students the Power to ‘Self-differentiate’ with Learning Choices

The First Weeks of School: Best Practices for Principals and Educational Leaders

First Weeks of School: Best Practices for Teachers

Mike offers training and coaching for teachers and school leaders on a range of topics including:

  • social and emotional learning,
  • differentiation
  • teacher health and balance
  • using choice to boost engagement and differentiation
  • effective and respectful discipline practice

Mike’s services include:

  • onsite workshops and training for school leaders and teachers
  • virtual coaching or combined onsite and virtual training and coaching
  • individual coaching by phone and email

Questions? Contact or call 1-207-632-1954.



Frequently Asked Questions

How does a webinar work?

It’s simple. On the day of the event, you click on the link we provide. Enter your name and email address and you’re in! If your computer has good audio, the audio will be streamed to your computer along with the PowerPoint presentation. If your computer does not have audio, a phone number is provided so that you can access the audio by speaker phone.

How many can access the event per registration?

Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

My school district only pays by purchase order. Do you accept POs?

Yes. You may fax the PO to 815-461-5647 or call us at 207-632-1954. Please include the full name and email address of the registrant.

What is the difference between the recording link and the CD-ROM?

Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar.