Teacher Talk Matters

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In Teacher Talk Matters, offered through EduPlanet21, author Mike Anderson explores the importance of teacher language and how what we say impacts student ownership, growth, and motivation. You will have the opportunity to learn, to reflect and to apply.
Learning Path Outcomes:
Participants in this learning path will:
  • Take a deep dive into the impact of teacher language on learners;
  • Understand how your positive beliefs influence your learning environment;
  • Explore how teacher talk impacts ownership, growth mindset and motivation;
  • Learn language to boost students’ moral reasoning; and
  • Set goals and strategies for shifting your teacher talk.

Course Features

  • Lectures 21
  • Quizzes 0
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 10
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
  • Why Teacher Talk Matters 0/7

    This first section emphasizes the importance of teacher talk. Why does what we say (and how we say it) matter?

    • Lesson1.1
      Teachers as Tone-Setters
    • Lesson1.2
      Creating Spaces Conducive to Learning
    • Lesson1.3
      The Impact of Language
    • Lesson1.4
      Teacher Talk in a Changing Environment
    • Lesson1.5
      How We Say It Matters
    • Lesson1.6
      Shared Beliefs About Teaching and Learning
    • Lesson1.7
      Our Positive Beliefs
  • Academic Engagement 0/7

    In this section you'll explore how language can boost students' motivation and engagement.

    • Lesson2.1
      Talk and Ownership
    • Lesson2.2
      Ownership: Instead of This, Try This
    • Lesson2.3
      Promote a Growth Mindset
    • Lesson2.4
      Promoting Growth: Instead of This, Try This
    • Lesson2.5
      Boost Intrinsic Motivation
    • Lesson2.6
      Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivators
    • Lesson2.7
      Intrinsic Motivation: Instead of This, Try This
  • Positive Behavior 0/4

    In this section, you'll learn key language shifts to support positive behavior in your students.

    • Lesson3.1
      Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development
    • Lesson3.2
      Example: Side Conversations During Class
    • Lesson3.3
      Your Turn: Practicing Moral Reasoning
    • Lesson3.4
      Positive Behavior Resource Exploration
  • Goal Setting 0/3

    You'll learn about a process for changing teacher talk habits a create a plan for changing one that is meaningful to you.

    • Lesson4.1
      Goal Setting
    • Lesson4.2
      Set Your Goal(s)
    • Lesson4.3
      Shifting Teacher Language Reflection
Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 25 years. A public school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool, coached swim teams, and taught university graduate level classes. He now works as a consultant providing professional learning for teachers throughout the US and beyond. In 2004, Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for NH Teacher of the Year. In 2020, he was awarded the Outstanding Educational Leader Award by NHASCD for his work as a consultant. A best-selling author, Mike has written eight books about great teaching and learning. When not working, Mike can be found hanging with his family, tending his perennial gardens, and searching for new running routes around his home in Durham, NH.


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