Ep. 39 – Tackling the Motivation Crisis with Mike Anderson by Building the Bridge

by EdCircuit Staff

On episode 38 of Building the Bridge, author, educator and consultant Mike Anderson shared his insights on self-care for teachers and parents, drawing upon his book, The Well-Balanced Teacher, and his “Beat Teacher Burnout” online institute. Mike and Dr. Oliver had such a productive conversation with so much left to address that he has returned for a second conversation. The discussion continues by addressing the unrealistic expectations educators often set for themselves before transitioning into topics related to student expectations and motivation. Dr. Oliver chats with Mike about his latest book, Tackling the Motivation Crisis: How to Activate Student Learning Without Behavior Charts, Pizza Parties, or Other Hard-to-Quit Incentive Systems.

In this episode, we learn how to set realistic and tangible goals, how to approach (and avoid) unrealistic expectations for our children just as we must do for ourselves, and why incentive and reward systems don’t always work. We’ll also identify six intrinsic motivators that we can build upon to bolster the success of our students. 

About Our Guest: 

Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 25 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 Anderson received a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. Now, as an education consultant, Anderson works with schools in rural, urban, and suburban settings. He is the author of many books about great teaching and learning, including The Well-Balanced Teacher (ASCD, 2010), Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn (ASCD, 2016), and his latest, Tackling the Motivation Crisis (ASCD, 2021). Mike has developed a series of online courses called “The Beat Teacher Burnout Institute.” Learn more about all of Mike’s work at https://leadinggreatlearning.com. Follow him on Twitter @balancedteacher

About the Host: 

Dr. Wendy Oliver is a highly qualified Tennessee teacher and administrator who has pioneered digital learning across multiple states and school districts. She has authored digital teaching standards and developed software that allows teachers to self-assess their knowledge of digital instruction. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goal is simple — to empower learners. Follow Dr. Oliver on Twitter @oliver_dr

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