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Dr. Allen Mendler

Author, speaker, educator

Allen Mendler is an educational consultant who is highly regarded as a motivational speaker. He provides consulting and professional development in the areas of student motivation, behavior management and teacher satisfaction. Mendler is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles including best sellers WHEN TEACHING GETS TOUGH: SMART WAYS TO RECLAIM YOUR GAME (ASCD, 2012), DISCIPLINE WITH DIGNITY (ASCD, 2009) and MOTIVATING STUDENTS WHO DON'T CARE (Solution Tree, 2000). His just released,THE RESILIENT TEACHER: HOW DO I STAY POSITIVE AND EFFECTIVE WHEN DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE AND POLICIES (ASCD, 2014), offers practical ways for teachers to stay positive and effective even in the face of unsound policies, behaviorally challenging students, difficult parents and unsupportive colleagues. For more information contact or

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  • Teacher Wellness

    Create a Self-Care Plan to Beat the Winter Blues

    Try these simple mental and physical exercises throughout the school day to improve your mood.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Rediscovering Your Fulfillment as a Teacher

    If you're committed to a more joyful teaching practice, commit to playfulness, positivity, being present, and embodying the attitude that you want to project.
  • Classroom Management

    Connections, Not Consequences

    For individual student behavior issues, rely less on consequences and more on personal connections, scaffolding your process with dialogue, negotiation, and ultimately agreement.
  • Communication Skills

    Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

    I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. Having visited many middle and high schools, I think these same rules could -- and probably should -- be posted there as well.
  • Classroom Management

    Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

    Improve trust and communication with difficult students by expressing gratitude, using encouraging statements, and treating them in the same way you treat your best students.
  • Student Engagement

    "Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

    Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals.
  • Classroom Management

    4 Early-Year Keys for Effective Classroom Discipline

    Effective classroom management starts at the beginning of the year when a teacher clearly and respectfully lays out behavior standards and methods for handling misbehavior.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Climate Control: 6 Ways to Improve Your School Environment

    Educational consultant and blogger Allen Mendler suggests six ways for any teacher to improve his or her school climate.
  • Classroom Management

    Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

    Educator and school psychologist Allen Mendler suggests a constructive way for teachers to avoid a power struggle with that attention-seeking student.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Rethinking Difficult Parents

    Educational consultant and author Allen Mendler looks at the ways that difficult parents can become teachers' allies rather than their adversaries.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers

    Educational consultant Allen Mendler offers teachers a simple attitude adjustment to reframe the challenge presented by difficult student behavior.
  • Student Engagement

    The Key to Preparing Difficult Students for the Real World

    Guest blogger Allen Mendler compares what's expected of students in school to what will be expected of them in the real world, and suggests more realistic goals for giving them a more satisfying academic life.
  • Assessment

    The Common Core: Haven't We Been Here Before?

    Consultant and author Dr. Allen Mendler suggests that the Common Core may be just another well-intentioned but poorly-implemented educational panacea.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Keep Bullying on the Front Burner

    Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler notes that bullying seems to become a front-burner issue only when it results in tragedy. He suggests three schoolwide initiatives to raise awareness about and ultimately prevent bullying.

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