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Teacher Talk: How What We Say (and How We Say It) Impacts How Students Learn

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We all have the best of intentions when it comes to our students. We want our students to be self-motivated. We want to create warm, supportive, and collaborative learning environments. We want students to grow in their capacity to be responsible, kind, and ethical. And yet…we may find ourselves in language habits that actually undermine many of these (and other) positive goals for students.

“I like the way Mark is sitting so quietly!” is meant to make Mark feel good and promote positive behavior among his classmates. In fact, it may create resentment towards Mark and make others feel devalued. “Wow! You did that math problem so quickly! You’re so smart!” is meant to reinforce and boost confidence, but it likely puts students in a fixed mindset and reduces their chance of taking on challenges or taking risks in math. Although we want our students to feel ownership of their work, we may say things like, “Here are the three things I’ll be looking for in this next project,” or “Here’s what you’re going to do for me next.” Each of these statements actually emphasizes teacher ownership of work.

So, what should we say? That’s what this workshop is all about!

What You Will Learn


Teacher Talk: How What We Say (and How We Say It) Impacts How Students Learn

Through an active and interactive format, educators will:
• Learn key content about effective language
• Consider many language habits to (re)consider
• Gain an understanding of relevant research
• Engage in rich discussions with colleagues
• Learn a process for changing language
• Create a personalized plan for shifting a language habit
• Gain access to an online binder of resources for further reflection and to share with colleagues

Travel & Site Information


Teacher Talk: How What We Say (and How We Say It) Impacts How Students Learn

UNH Manchester
88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Parking Information
Professional Development & Training workshop attendees are eligible for complimentary parking in the Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage located at 65 Granite Street in Manchester.

Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage
65 Granite Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage Information and Getting To Your Workshop

  • Upon entering the garage, take a parking ticket from the automated machine.
  • Park in any available non-reserved parking space.
  • Make sure to bring your parking ticket with you to your workshop for validation.  Without validation, you will be responsible for paying to park in the garage.
  • Walk west on Granite Street (towards I-293/Merrimack River).  UNH at Manchester is at the intersection of Granite Street and Commercial Street, a 6 minute walk from the parking garage.
  • At your workshop, PD&T staff will validate your parking ticket.
  • At the end of the day, exit the garage via a lane staffed with a parking attendent by handing them your validated parking ticket.  You will be responsible for paying to park if exiting the garage via an automated lane.

Directions to the Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage

From the South: Take I-93 North to I-293 North. After the Brown Avenue exit, stay to the right as I-293 N bears right. Stay on 293 North and take Exit 5, Granite Street. Turn right off ramp onto Granite Street. Proceed over the bridge and through two sets of lights. Follow the parking sign to the parking garage on the left. 

From the East: Take I-95 to Exit 2. Go through tolls and bear right onto Route 101 West. Follow Route 101 West to I-93 North. Take Exit 8, Bridge Street/Wellington. Take a right at end of exit onto Wellington Road. Go through lights – Wellington Road becomes Bridge Street. Follow Bridge Street to Elm Street. Take a Left onto Elm Street. Take a right onto Pleasant Street. Turn into the Radisson’s main entrance and proceed into the parking garage. 

From the North: Take I-93 South to I-293 South (bear left after toll for 293). Take Exit 5, Granite Street. Bear left onto Granite Street. Proceed over the bridge and through two sets of lights. Follow the parking sign to the parking garage on the left. 

From the Northwest: Take I-89 South. Merge onto I-93 South in Concord. Follow directions above for I-93 South. 

Additional Notes on Parking In Manchester

  • Do not park in Student Parking at UNH at Manchester (88 Commerical Street).  Your car will be towed at your own expense.
  • Street parking is available on a first come, first serve basis on Commerical Street and throughout Manchester via Pay and Display meters.  Those electing to use Pay and Display street parking do so at their own expense.
  • For an interactive map of parking in Manchester, go to: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zTG3bwNVsO4U.kHq_Bwbm6TMU
  • For parking assistance in Manchester, call (603) 641-4350.

Instructor Bios


Teacher Talk: How What We Say (and How We Say It) Impacts How Students Learn

  • Mike Anderson

    Mike Anderson

    Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 20 years. An elementary public school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool and university graduate level classes. In 2004, Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for NH Teacher of the Year. He also spent many years as a presenter, consultant, author, and developer for Northeast Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe, joyful, and challenging classrooms through the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching. Now, as an independent education consultant, Mike works with schools across the United States and beyond, supporting great learning through customized consulting. He has also taught workshops in Canada and Mexico and has presented at many national conferences including NCTE, ASCD, and Learning and the Brain. Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning including "The First Six Weeks of School," 2nd Edition (CRS, 2015), "The Well-Balanced Teacher" (ASCD, 2010), and "The Research-Ready Classroom" (Heinemann, 2006). His most recent book, "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" (ASCD, 2016), was selected as the April 2016 ASCD member book and was sent to 62,000+ educators in more than 100 countries.

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