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Teacher Talk That Matters (Quick Reference Guide)


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What teachers say to students—and how they say it—affects student learning and behavior. Language sets the tone for learning. Teachers use it to foster a positive culture and climate in school, manage students, and teach discipline.

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Mike Anderson has been an educator for many years. A classroom teacher for 15 years, he has also coached swim teams, worked in preschools, and taught university graduate-level classes. In 2004, Anderson was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005, he was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

Now an independent education consultant, Anderson works with schools in rural, urban, and suburban settings across the United States and beyond. A bestselling author, he has written nine books about great teaching and learning. In 2020, Anderson was awarded the Outstanding Educational Leader Award by NHASCD for his work as a consultant.

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