The Win-Win Classroom
When it comes to student behavior challenges in the classroom, conventional practices and punitive discipline codes often fail to motivate students to change their attitudes or behavior. Old win-lose patterns (whether authoritarian or permissive) often do little more than add fuel to the fire. Jane presents an effective alternative approach to successfully preventing discipline problems, building student accountability, and ending frustrating power struggles with kids of all ages. She presents practical, powerful, and effective strategies to help you establish win-win authority relationships.
Conflict in the Classroom
This keynote presents effective, practical ways to prevent and resolve conflicts with everyone in your professional life! We’ll explore strategies for dealing with conflicts with students, parents, and peers, plus techniques for building respect and a sense of community, helping others solve problems and take care of themselves in peaceful and mutually-respectful ways. Topics include boundaries and problem ownership, stress and defensiveness, expectations and assumptions, student self-management, interpersonal dynamics and patterns that affect the school climate, building a positive social culture, dealing with biases and bullying, building emotional intelligence, strengthening alliances with parents, and techniques for creating win-win solutions.
Creating Emotionally Safe Schools
Emotional safety is critical to learning and achievement, and a key component of an atmosphere that discourages passivity, aggression or acting out for revenge or self-protection. This program examines the effect of threat and stress on the brain, and its impact on learning and student behavior. Jane looks at the kinds of behaviors kids (and adults) often use to create safety and how these behaviors sometimes interfere with learning and achievement.
Secrets of Successful Mentorship
If you are fortunate enough to be a mentor, whether to a colleague, a trainee, a newcomer to your field, or a child in your life, there are certain beliefs and behaviors that will make you more effective in your role. Jane offers practical suggestions for encouraging, inspiring, envisioning, guiding, accepting, facilitating, maintaining standards and values, expanding current reality, supporting and, when necessary, detaching and letting go—skills appropriate for educators, administrators, parents, counselors, support staff, community members, employers, and anyone who works in a leadership capacity.
Being a Successful Teacher
What does it take to be a successful teacher? Whether developing effective discipline and instructional techniques or building positive relationship with students, parents, administrators, and colleagues, great teaching can be a pretty sophisticated balancing act! Topics include discipline issues and power dynamics, success orientation, building a positive classroom culture, effective assessment, planning and pacing, various grouping techniques, accommodating a wide range of abilities and learning preferences, dealing with feelings and conflicts, motivation techniques, intervening negative behavior without compromising the emotional climate of the classroom, modeling, communication and self-care.
All of Dr. Bluestein's programs are customizable (topics, scope, grade level, length) to meet specific goals and needs. They are available in Workshop or Keynote format.