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2/10/236 am PDT
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Strategies For Reaching "I Don't Care" And Underperforming Students

Presented by MaryAnn Brittingham
Outstanding Educator, Behaviorist, National Presenter, and Author

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Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Instructional Coaches, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, School Psychologists, and Administrators Serving Grades 3-12

  • Practical strategies for working with students who come to school with an “I don’t care!” response to seemingly everything – learn what is really behind their words and how to respond in simple yet effective ways
  • Begin to help students break their own self-destructive cycles with realistic and doable strategies
  • Ideas to prevent power struggles, apathy and disruptive behaviors
  • How to empower students to take responsibility rather than seeing themselves as victims

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Everyone wants to know how to reach their students who are unmotivated, underperforming and claim to not care about school. This innovative seminar will demonstrate successful strategies you can use in your classroom or school to make positive changes in these challenging students. Many of us are frustrated with the numerous students who have “checked out,” are disengaged, unmotivated, and underperforming. We know the symptoms, but don’t always know the solutions. The good news is that there is hope and there are strategies to begin to stop the cycle of helplessness these students experience. Join behavior expert MaryAnn Brittingham in this oneday seminar that will cover practical ideas, strategies and techniques to help increase your success with these challenging students. She will give you numerous ideas and strategies to help you guide students toward making positive behavior changes.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies and Ideas to Help You Work Successfully with “I Don’t Care!” Attitudes
    Practical, doable ways to respond and work with students who say “I don’t care!” … What you can do to help these challenging students begin to develop the desire to work, be productive and put forth effort
  2. Break the Cycle of Discouragement in Students Who “Just Don’t Care”
    Practical strategies to begin to break the feeling of helplessness in students who insist they don’t care about school … Guide students in reframing their negative thoughts and perceptions
  3. When and Why Contracts and Punishment Don’t Work with Disruptive and Underperforming Students
    Yes, there needs to be accountability, but punishment is not the answer … Learn new ways to get students to take responsibility for their actions
  4. Begin to Build Small Successes
    Simple ways to respond to students to promote positive attitudes … Think differently about your underperforming students to better meet their needs … Help students become aware of their natural gifts, build on them and learn how to teach replacement behaviors
  5. Develop Positive Relationships with Underperforming Students
    Gain new insights into how to establish productive relationships … Learn the benefits of taking the time to develop relationships
  6. Response Strategies to Reduce “I Can’t” Language and Self-Defeating Attitudes and Thinking
    Ways to reduce the “I don’t care” attitude … Help students to recognize their fixed mindset
  7. Practical Strategies to Empower Rather than Enable Students
    In-class ideas to get more constructive and positive behavior from your unmotivated and underachieving students … Empower your students to see their potential and reach for it
  8. How to Respond to Students’ Procrastinating Behaviors
    Explore six strategies to help you and your students overcome procrastination
  9. Increase the Growth Mindset of Your Underachieving Students
    Practical strategies to use with your unmotivated, disinterested and defiant students … Help these students be aware of choices and steps to become more successful and motivated in your classroom
  10. Receive a Valuable and Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive a detailed digital resource handbook filled with the strategies, techniques and activities discussed in the seminar that will become a well used reference for you year after year!

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Powerful strategies for working with students who consistently say, “I DON’T CARE!”
  • Learn specific strategies to adjust your responses to help guide students toward their own behavior change
  • Procrastination … strategies to move forward
  • When and why contracts and rewards don’t work with “I don’t care!” students
  • Pitfalls of behavior plans and how to revise them to work
  • Rubrics to help your students self-evaluate their thinking
  • Learn the roles anxiety, depression and self esteem play in your underachieving students
  • Numerous relationship-building ideas you can easily incorporate
  • Help students reframe their negative thoughts and perceptions
  • How to encourage positive change in “I don’t care!” students
  • Practical methods to empower students who have given up
  • Maintain your enthusiasm and energy while teaching apathetic students
  • Discover ways to help your most challenging students develop the desire to learn and work to their personal potential

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As educators, we are under increased pressure to develop a repertoire of behavioral intervention skills that will allow us to meet the needs of all students, including students with serious behavioral problems, even though there is very limited training on what really works. The usual methods, such as sticker charts and emphasis on students’ performance to gain rewards or sending students to the principal’s office, usually fall flat with “I don’t care” and underperforming students.

When working with “I don’t care” and unmotivated students, it is critical to keep in mind that you cannot change anyone except yourself, but you can assist others to make their own changes. The good news is, with the right help, students can learn and change their behavior. This seminar will teach you strategies to inspire students to want to change their behavior. This approach focuses on internal encouragement rather than external rewards and punishment. I will walk you through all of the steps and provide dozens of examples as well as demonstrate sound techniques and activities that can enrich what you are already doing in the classroom.

This seminar is filled with concrete strategies for classroom teachers, behavior specialists and counselors. It provides detailed and helpful suggestions that support you in anticipating and addressing repeated and often overwhelming behaviors. You will learn realistic, research-based strategies that will make a difference in how you view and respond to students.

I hope you will join me in this engaging, thought-provoking seminar to explore new ways to deal effectively with your “I don’t care” students.

MaryAnn Brittingham

P.S. The focus of this entire seminar will be on key, practical strategies to better work with your challenging students.

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 3-12: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Instructional Coaches, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, School Psychologists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Effective verbal skills to help students reframe their negative thoughts and perceptions that keep them stuck
  • Techniques to overcome procrastination, apathy and other disruptive behaviors
  • How to help students give up the victim stance and take personal responsibility for their choices and actions
  • Steps to fill students’ emotional bank accounts
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators seeking strategies to reach unmotivated, underperforming students.

Consultation Available
MaryAnn Brittingham will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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