Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to this Course!

    • A Message from Your Instructor, Mike Anderson

    • How to Use this Learning Platform

    • Mike's Journey: Beating Teacher Burnout

    • A Lifeguard's #1 Rule

  • 2

    Real Change Begins with Good Goals

    • Good Goals Are About Habits

    • There's Good News and Bad News About Habits

    • Good Goals Fit into Your Current Schedule

    • Small Changes = Big Gains

    • Try Setting a Goal

  • 3

    A Few More Important Ideas

    • Online Teachers: Check Your Around-the-House Habits

    • School Leaders: You're the Head Lifeguard

    • School Leaders: Carve Out Time for Educators' Self-Care

    • Prioritize: Rocks, Pebbles and Sand

    • Some More Resources

    • More Ways to Beat Teacher Burnout

    • Before You Go, Help Me Improve this Course

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.

  • Understand some of the key elements of effective goal-setting

  • Learn some qualities of good goals

  • Set a goal to support better work-life balance

  • Hear some important messages for school leaders

  • 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 1 hour of professional learning.

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


  • Mike Anderson relates to what we're really going through as teachers and parents. He provides practical tips for all of us to start using better self-care today.

    Kathleen McGuirk, Timberlane, NH

  • I have already suggested it to my colleagues and also my union members.

    Cindy Boivin, SAU 36

  • Mike offers up practical advice that is not lofty or preachy; you can get up from the video and start applying these things now.

    Michael Castano, Timberlane, NH

  • "Coach Mike" gave some great strategies for setting attainable goals and ways to achieve them without disrupting daily routines completely. He gives permission over and over to self-treat.

    Jennifer Shoemaker, Mountain Brook, AL

  • Beat teacher burnout is a practical course that helps teachers learn strategies that are easy to implement to reduce stress. I would highly recommend this course to all educators.

    Libby Pittman, Mountain Brook, AL

  • Beat Teacher Burnout is a very helpful course to realign your priorities! Mike helps us to think through a positive change and then head towards actually achieving it.

    Madison Gunter, Mountain Brook, AL

  • This course was amazing! It includes explanations on how we need to take care of ourselves as teachers so that we can be our best for our students!

    Nicole Mccarthy, Timberlane, NH

  • I have heard amazing things about this course before enrolling it in, so it got me really excited. Sitting in on the first introduction I could tell this was going to be something that was going to be very useful for myself, and useful information for me to share to other teachers!

    Kayla Marston, Pelham, NH

  • This course is full of practical, do-able ideas that can be implemented right away. It has motivated me to set some goals and make some changes that will lower stress levels in my personal and professional life.

    Kristi Parker, SAU 25