March 23, 2012
For more information, contact:

Richard Henning
Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.
85 Avenue A, P.O. Box 718, Turners Falls, MA 01376
800-360-6332, ext. 111

Classroom Management Help for New Teachers: Responsive Classroom® Program Developer Mike Anderson Presents Strategies at ASCD Conference

TURNERS FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS—Those who support and mentor new teachers will get practical ideas for helping them create a classroom climate most conducive to engaged, productive learning from author and educational consultant Mike Anderson's presentation at the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 24.

"A new teacher often steps into his or her first classroom with a lot of enthusiasm and strong academic qualifications, but without ever having had an opportunity to learn the techniques of classroom management," says Anderson. "And yet managing the classroom is crucial to successful teaching."

"Very few people can manage a classroom by instinct from the get-go," Anderson continues, "and it's difficult and painful to learn it by trial and error. But even a beginning teacher can apply a few fundamental strategies and practices that will really make everything go much more smoothly."

Anderson will focus on two key management strategies: teaching routines to students and paying attention to "little" behaviors throughout the day by using the Responsive Classroom practices of Interactive Modeling and positive teacher language.

Anderson will also offer school leaders suggestions for supporting new teachers as they learn these classroom management strategies. Session participants will watch video clips of real teachers in action, share ideas with each other, and come away with practical tools to use right away in their own classrooms.

Anderson's session, titled "Classroom Management for New Teachers," will be held on Saturday morning, March 24, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

About Mike Anderson

Responsive Classroom Program Developer Mike Anderson taught third, fourth, and fifth grades for fifteen years in Connecticut and New Hampshire. In 2004, he received the Milken National Educator Award for excellence in teaching. Since becoming a consulting teacher in 1999, Anderson has taught thousands of educators how to manage their classrooms by using the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching.

He wrote the third, fourth, and fifth grade books in the What Every Teacher Needs to Know K–5 Series and is also author of The Well-Balanced Teacher and co-author of The Research-Ready Classroom.

About Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom approach, is now being used in schools across the country.

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