Let's Create a Culture of student Success
University Guest Speaking ~ Conference Keynote ~ School Staff Development
Overview of Culture Creating
Culture influences choice, plain and simple. And as social science has established that behavior is largely a product of immediate environment, a teacher's best chance to influence student choice in the right direction is to create a classroom culture empowering students to choose success for themselves. They must want success, and our class culture can help.
Principle One - High Expectations
Students generally perform to the level of their own exceptions, whether high or low. Our class culture, therefore, is critical. If we hold students to high behavioral and academic expectations individualized for them, they are more likely to raise their own. So, together we'll learn the process of defining, communicating, and following through on high student expectations which, over time, make your expectations of them become their expectations for themselves.
Principle Two - Relationships of Respect and Trust
Teacher-student relationships of respect and trust provide the necessary intrinsic motivation for a student to raise their personal expectations. The cords that permit a teacher to lead students are only as strong as their relationship. So, together we'll learn the concepts of "The Relationship Spectrum," "Quadruple P Interactions," and "Intrinsic Motivation," all of which strengthen our relationship cords and empower students to follow you up the path of success.
Principle Three - Reinforce the Positive
Social science concludes that students are more likely to do that which receives attention, especially from a trusted adult. So, when we attend to misbehavior, it's more likely to recur and therefore damage our culture of success. If we attend to or reinforce the positive, the desired inverse is also true. So, together we'll learn the three pronged model of reinforcing the positive, which eliminates poor student behavior and increases the good - thus growing our culture of success.
Principle Four - Student-Centered Instruction
The first three principles prepare the way for teachers to do what they do best – teach. They enable teachers to take full advantage of classroom instructional time, for students are then fully engaged, focused, and motivated to learn and achieve. So, together we'll learn to capitalize on class culture ripe for learning by teaching the content in a manner most likely to achieve success – student-centered instruction.
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Preston Schools Empowerment Series
Oct 19-20: UEA Conference - Fabulous experience speaking at UEA! I met many great educators and am looking forward to visiting many of your schools in the near future!
Early Childhood Conf. Keynote - 9.9 out of 10 participant feedback. "Hands down, BEST KEYNOTE EVER!" "Wow! I could listen to him all day!" Well, between the keynote, two workshops, and a book for every participant, you pretty much did!
Dixie High School - A little "Pick-Me-Up" now that you're two weeks into school. Great, empowering session!
Preston School District - Wow, what a group! I can't wait to come back a few more times for the Empowerment Series. Now, as another year begins... Go Teach Them to the Top!
Salt Lake Arts Academy - What an amazing morning spent with the great staff. You're experienced, pleasant, motivated... and loads of fun! Good luck as you embark on another year!
Ensign Learning Center & Vanguard Academy
What a day! I was so impressed with the eager reception from dedicated educators. And kudos to admin for provided books. I look forward to coming back later this year!
June 14 - FACS Conference - Two double sessions... wow! My favorite bit of feedback was, "Now I think I can teach for another ten years!"
April 20 - Busy Bees Playhouse - What an enjoyable evening with such a great group of early childhood educators. You rock!
March 29 - ACT Conference - Wonderful double session with many dedicated educators. Now, I've received a lot of great feedback over the years, but this one has to be the most unique: "You are freaking impressive!" Ha!
March 4 - Utah Middle Level Educators Conf.
Marvelous day! Thank you for the kind evaluations (64 perfect marks with zero of anything beneath). "Best session all day!" "Nathan would have been an excellent choice for our keynote."
February 25 - Utah Early Childhood Conf. - What lovely early childhood educators! It was a pleasure to interact with you throughout the day and learn together vital principles for the early success of your students.
January 18 - USU Student Teachers -
Once again, I had a great time with Utah State's new crop of rising super stars. Don't worry world, we'll be in good hands with these new teachers!
October 20-21 - UEA - Standing room only! Another venue underestimating our room size needs! :) As always, it was a pleasure to learn together with you rock star teachers.
October 7 - Beehive Academy - Fun session with Utah's 2016 Charter School of the Year. Small group but big ideas. Thanks!
September 9 - Ascent Academy - Now that was fun! I'm thrilled for the memorable and powerful experience with all you remarkable teachers. It's going to be great year, helping your students ascend up the path of success!
September 7 - USU Student Teachers - Nothing like newby enthusiasm! I can't get enough time with student teachers, our profession's future. All us veterans can learn much from you. I'm glad you all loved Empowered. Your positive feedback means much.
August 18 - Mountainville Academy - Wow, what an amazing time. 40+ teachers dedicated to student success, all gathered to learn and improve. What could be better? And thanks to admin for purchasing Empowered for all.
August 9 - Monticello Academy - An amazing time with an amazing staff. Your plans to study and apply classroom culture principles from Empowered this year is moving an already great school in an even better direction. Hats off to all of you!