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Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn

Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn

Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn

The Key to Student Motivation & Achievement

  • By: Mike Anderson

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ISBN: 9789387925328

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2019

Pages: 168

Size: 6.75 x 9.5 mm

Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


Offering students choices about their learning, says author Mike Anderson, is one of the most powerful ways teachers can boost student learning, motivation, and achievement. In his latest book, Anderson offers numerous examples of choice in action, ideas to try with different students, and a step-by-step process to help you plan and incorporate choice into your classroom.

You'll explore

  • What effective student choice looks like in the classroom.
  • Why it's important to offer students choices.
  • How to create learning environments, set the right tone for learning, and teach specific skills that enable choice to work well.

When students have more choices about their learning, they can find ways of learning that match their personal needs and be more engaged in their work, building skills and work habits that will serve them well in school and beyond. This teacher-friendly guide offers everything you need to help students who are bored, frustrated, or underperforming come alive to learning through the fundamental power of choice.


Target Audience:

This teacher-friendly guide offers everything you need to help students who are bored, frustrated, or underperforming come alive to learning through the fundamental power of choice.




Section I: The Purpose and Power of Choice

Chapter 1. The Key Benefits of Choice

Section II: Strategies That Boost the Effectiveness of Choice

Chapter 2. Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment

Chapter 3. Boosting Student Ownership

Chapter 4. Teaching Students How to Learn


Section III: The Nuts and Bolts of Choice

Chapter 5. Creating Good Choices

Chapter 6. Helping Students Choose Well

Chapter 7. Facilitating Choice Work: Leading Great Learning

Chapter 8. The Power of Self-Reflection

Chapter 9. Professional Reflection



Planning Guide and Sample Plans



About the Author

About the Author:

Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 20 years. An elementary school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool and university graduate level classes. He spent many years as a presenter, consultant, author, and developer for Northeast Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create safe, joyful, and challenging classrooms and schools. In 2004 Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

Now, as an education consultant, Mike works with schools in rural, urban, and suburban settings across the United States. He has also taught workshops and presented at conferences in Canada and Mexico. Mike supports teachers and schools on a wide variety of topics: embedding choice in everyday learning, blending social-emotional and academic teaching, using respectful and effective discipline strategies, staying healthy and balanced as an educator, and many more.

Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning including The Research-Ready Classroom (Heinemann, 2006), The Well-Balanced Teacher (ASCD, 2010), and The First Six Weeks of School, 2nd Edition (CRS, 2015). His articles have been published in various resources including Educational LeadershipLanguage Arts,, and EdCircuit. He has been a guest on Bam! Radio, EduTalk Radio, and the Re:Teaching podcast from the Teacher Learning Sessions. Recently, he served as an ASCD Whole Child advisor. He also writes frequently on his personal blog through his website.

Mike lives in Durham, New Hampshire, with his incredible wife Heather, who is also an educator. Together, they co-teach the most challenging and rewarding class they have ever had, comprised of their two independent and curious children, Ethan and Carly, and their somewhat anxious and totally adorable dog, Olive.

To learn more about Mike and his work, visit his website: You can also follow him on Twitter at @balancedteacher.


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