Course curriculum

Meet Your Instructor

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson had been teaching for several years when he and his wife started their family. Suddenly, things got overwhelming--fast. Determined to maintain his passion for teaching while also being a good parent, Mike embarked on a quest to find better work-life balance. This self-designed research project resulted in the book, The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out. Now, as an education consultant, Mike supports teachers on topics such as differentiated learning, social-emotional learning, and, of course, teacher health and balance. Mike received a National Milken Educator Award as a classroom teacher, and in 2020, he received the Outstanding Educational Leader Award from NHASCD for his work as a consultant. When not consulting, Mike can be found hanging with his family, tending his perennial gardens, and searching for new running routes around his home in Durham, NH.

Included in This Course

You’ll explore key ideas, learn practical strategies, and gain helpful resources to help you better understand and manage work-life balance.

  • Better understand the importance of professional belonging

  • Learn several strategies for strengthening your connections with colleagues

  • Better understand better understand fun and playfulness as professional needs

  • Gain ideas for boosting fun through your teaching

  • Gain access to a wide array of supportive resources to help you continue to think about this important topic

  • When you finish the course, you can print a certificate showing 3 hours of professional learning.

  • You will have access to this course for a year, so you can go back in over and over again.


  • Just knowing that administration made this available to staff, has already given me the feeling of being understood. If they implement one of the many practical suggestions for improving our sense of belonging and fun, it's a slam dunk for staff morale and retention.

    Jane Shields, Pelham, NH

  • Definitely a helpful and informative course. We all know instinctively that a sense of fun and belonging are important, but it's also tangible and the course reminds us of that. It drives home the idea that without a sense of fun and playfulness we lose our sense of joy. Timely.

    Sean Peters, Timberlane, NH

  • I really like this 'course' format and will definitely consider doing another course that's available to us all year. You've got a real GEM here, Mike :) And I'm happy that administration used this for our workshop today...very enjoyable.

    Wendy Dorval, Pelham

  • Mike uses real life examples to help illustrate important concepts for teaching and building good relationships with peers and students.

    Kristi Parker, SAU 25

  • Schools that play together, stay together' is great advice. Mike gives some practical ways to tackle belonging with staff and students alike!

    Michael Castano, Timberlane, NH

  • After viewing this course, my spirit was refreshed with concrete ideas and goals for working with colleagues and students!

    Susan Harden, Pelham, NH