*Dr. Mac’s keynote presentations are heavily infused with humor, compassion, and reality-based suggestions for classroom practice. Media accompanies the presentation, enhancing the experience.

How Do I Get There & How Will I Know That I’ve Arrived?

Becoming a Master Teacher

(Informational Keynote)

In addition to possessing strong instructional skills, other essential requirements for attaining the status of “Master Teacher” are proficiency in behavior management and the ability to relate well with one’s students. Using a four stage model, Dr. Mac describes the various paths that are taken by teachers as they enter the profession with different skill levels and then struggle to create an orchestrated, productive, and welcoming classroom environment.

Having traveled a rough teaching road himself, Dr. Mac exhorts those in attendance to soul-search, recollect the ideals and desires they held when they entered teaching, and once again follow the path to their master teacher dream. Stagnated teachers are good-naturedly chided to undertake positive change, and provided the information and support to do so.

Length of keynote: 1 hour

Reclaiming Discarded Youth from Society’s Trash Heap

(Inspirational Keynote)

Dr. Mac provides a highly humorous, yet sensitive account of an excerpted few months from his long career of teaching students labeled asbehavior disordered. Following a description of his students and the daily events within his classroom, there enters a new student: Jacinto. This student, recently released from a residential setting because his Grandmother’s insurance benefits lapsed, brings a well-earned reputation for defiance and aggression back to his home school. The school district, displeased at having to once again assume responsibility for a youngster that they hoped had been exiled for the remainder of his school days, placed him with others of his kind in Tom’s classroom for recalcitrant teens.

From the initial reactions of his students at hearing of Jacinto’s imminent arrival, through Tom’s experiences with him, and to the horrific end to this tale of a resilient, but psychologically troubled youth; our need to reach out and return them to our fold becomes evident.

Society was initially negligent in protecting Jacinto when he was young. It then failed to serve him in school when he was older. Eventually, he was viewed as repulsive, punished for being the product of his world, and sent away. Upon his return, and despite efforts to change, those around him would not let him shed his reputation. In a series of escalating and culminating acts, he would fully return the hurt placed upon him.

For those who listen, Jacinto’s story contains many lessons about responsibility; for the society in which we dwell, and those of us who are its members.

Length of keynote: Can be adjusted for 20 minute or 50 minute time slots.

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Escalating Events: Avoiding and Defusing Conflicts With Students

 (Informational keynote)

Using a model that explains why teachers and students end up in arguments and escalating disciplinary situations, this session provides insight into why behavior battles occur, and how to avoid or defuse them.

Participants are asked to arrive to the session with certain students and their behavior patterns in mind.

Length of workshop: 1½ hours

Topics covered:

  • How a student’s background affects his/her interpretation of events
  • How a student’s background affects the amount of stress s/he feels
  • The role educators play in escalating or de-escalating tense situations
  • Strategies for avoiding and defusing conflict

 

Follow-up workshop: 2 to 3 hours

 

More sessions available depending on the focus of your conference.