Topics for Teachers/Small Group Leaders
(e.g., Christian schools, Sunday schools, small group youth leaders, small group adult leaders, public schools [most of them])
The Top Six – I recommend you choose first from among these seminars:
Frustrated, Perfectionistic Students: Guiding and Changing Their Behavior
Are your students easily frustrated by their mistakes – even small ones? Do they give up too quickly when something is hard? Do they resist taking risks? Do they want everything to be easy and is getting them to put forth effort like pulling teeth? Learn what contributes to all of this and what to do. Ideas will be practical, realistic, and relevant to all ages.
Kill the Spider – Don’t Just Sweep Away the Web
Discovering roots of learning, motivation, and behavior issues is a key to helping students change. We must kill the spider and not just sweep away the web! Would you be surprised to know that every problem can be assigned to one or more of just five issues? It’s true! Come and be refreshed with this practical problem-solving approach so you can efficiently meet students’ needs with solutions that work.
Maximize the Genius Qualities in Your Students
It’s very probable that you and your students are blessed with many of the 12 genius qualities identified by studying classic geniuses of all times. You might have much in common with Edison and Einstein! Dr. Kathy will share the list of genius qualities (e.g., curiosity, playfulness, imagination). We’ll examine the list (you’ll probably be surprised), define the qualities, and consider how they might be shut down and can be encouraged in our students.
Motivation Matters: Instill Hope
Learn about common causes of motivation problems and three things students must believe in order to be motivated in the right direction. Learn many practical and realistic ideas such as how to effectively use positive and negative consequences, how to compliment and correct (and not criticize), which character qualities to prioritize, and the four roles teachers must play in order to increase students’ motivation to learn, succeed, and obey. Ideas will be relevant to all ages.
Technology’s Influence Over Students’ Beliefs and Behaviors
Many students are more ungrateful and argumentative than we ever thought they’d be. Do yours complain frequently and get bored quickly? You’re not alone. Technology is powerful and helpful in many ways. Yet, it can also contribute to students’ unhealthy beliefs (e.g., I deserve to be happy), negative attitudes and character (e.g., impatience, entitlement, self-centeredness), and unwise actions (e.g., isolation, ignoring authority). Learn why this happens and practical, realistic things you can do.
Your Student’s Brain: Learning More with the 8 Great Smarts
All students have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning. Each smart will be defined and explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your students and how to teach with them. Reteaching with a variety of smarts is especially effective. You’ll also learn how students might be getting into trouble through their greatest smarts and how they’re relevant to spiritual growth and career choice.
Change: Teach Them Don’t Tell Them
Are you frustrated because your students aren’t changing in ways you want them to? Dr. Kathy will help you understand several subtle attitudes and habits that make change difficult so you can decrease their effects. She’ll help you embrace the definition of “change” as “exchange” so you understand what causes improvements to more likely remain. She’ll also share relevant Scripture and demonstrate how to accurately and powerfully apply it to the change process.
Compliment and Correct to Powerfully Encourage Your Students
Compliments and corrections have the power to increase or decrease students’ confidence, self-discipline, motivation, and learning. They contribute to a culture of effort and joy or apathy and fear. They’re a very important communication and teaching tool. The value of specific and focused compliments and corrections rather than general statements will be emphasized. Differences between corrections and criticisms will also be explained and modeled. Dr. Kathy’s examples and stories will make the ideas come alive.
Created To Be
As Dr. Kathy shares her story, teachers will be able to see their students’ strengths, challenges, and life goals with a healthy perspective. They’ll ponder questions like, “Why were they created?” and “Who are they and who are they becoming?” Kathy’s Chatty-Kathy, too-tall, spelling-doesn’t-come-naturally, low-voice reality and how she became comfortable with it all will inspire teachers and give them hope if they’re discouraged. Her humor is disarming and the truths are undeniable. You are who you are supposed to be!
Dominant Donna and Silent Sam: Engage Students with Successful Discussions
Do you set out to have quality discussions, but find yourself having question-answer interrogations instead? Are only some students involved? Are you frustrated by the hand-raising “games” your students play? Students’ passivity or domination is frustrating. Therefore, practical, realistic, and fun methods to increase thinking and involvement and level participation will be fully explained and demonstrated. They can make an immediate and positive impact on attitudes and abilities.
Focus Students’ Thinking to Improve Efficiency and Learning
Students think all the time, but they don’t necessarily think about what you want them to. Therefore, they become frustrated and less motivated. They can struggle to learn. Learn how to focus their thinking so they know what to think about, think with, and why. The practical and realistic planning model will increase your efficiency and students’ success. Ideas are relevant for all ages and content areas.
Master Method: Teaching Jesus’ Way
What contributed to Jesus’ teaching effectiveness? Can we really teach and communicate in the same ways? By examining Jesus’ teaching methods and communication styles, we will learn much about effective teaching. When we teach like the Master Teacher, our students can be master learners. Come to learn something new about Jesus, teaching, and learning. This fresh look at effective teaching will inspire you.
Strong-Willed: A Focus on Solutions
Are you teaching strong-willed students who always want their way? In this practical and encouraging session, we’ll examine why strong-willed students behave the way they do. Then several strategies that can immediately improve your relationships and lead to peace will be clearly explained and demonstrated. More importantly, perhaps, strong-willed students will be more able to thrive when they learn first-time obedience through these strategies.