Based on the book, Managing the Madness, A Practical Guide for Middle Grades Classrooms, this is a perfect session for administrators and educators. Jack provides real-life examples and solutions that help with classroom disruptions and management issues. This funny, informative, and entertaining session is designed to explain just why students interrupt our classroom and cause havoc within the school. See how you can develop useable action plans for students, and come discover not-so-typical ideas to manage a classroom.
Creating a School that is Ready to Lead, Teach and Learn
Come explore ways to change the climate and culture of your school. Learn how to deal with the items you can control. Share examples on how schools are changing their climate to help teachers and students.
Deliberate Optimism – Still Reclaiming the Joy in Education
Based on the book, Deliberate Optimism: Still Reclaiming the Joy in Education, this session is all about how teachers and school leaders can rekindle their individual and collective enthusiasm for a profession that has been progressively inundated with negativity. This is a fact-based, positive approach to “taking back the teaching profession.” Be prepared to learn, to laugh, and to leave with a renewed sense of purpose.
Elements of Effective Teaming
Being on a middle school team can be filled with great joys, struggles, and frustrations. This practical session focuses on the real-life issues surrounding teaming. Jack will provide informative examples to help with effective use of team time and how teams can work together to deal with kids, curriculum, and professional development. You might even laugh at Jack’s descriptions of the characteristics of a team member. Based on the book Successful Middle School Teaming.
How Electives Classes Can Increase Achievement
The battle between core and elective teachers has existed for decades. Elective teachers have felt out of the loop and under-appreciated. Discover how electives can help overall school achievement and learn about changing the term from electives to essentials.
How to Do Virtual Teaching – Even if You Have a Face for Radio
Based on his latest workbook, How to Do Virtual Teaching- Even if You Have a Face for Radio, Jack Berckemeyer will take you on a funny and practical journey into pre-recording lessons and virtually connecting with your students. We are all struggling with how to motivate our students and keep them engaged during the pandemic. Jack’s new workbook highlights the importance of feeling comfortable while recording yourself and your lessons. He provides guidelines on student etiquette during virtual teaching time and will share some great lessons that you can implement immediately.
Student Engagement and Motivation
Looking for great ways to motivate students? These hands-on ideas are perfect for all subjects. Easy to use and implement in any classroom or school. No technology, just fun and practical solutions.
Student-Led Conferences and Mini Courses
Student-led conferences are a game changer for any school, teacher, or administrator. These unique conferences are not like the traditional parent/teacher conferences. This workshop explains how to get started, how to inform parents, and how to involve all subject areas including elective and exploratory classes. This includes ways to organize and prep the students and even provides ideas for parents to reflect on their child’s progress. Each attendee will leave with the knowledge and ability to implement student-led conferences. Also, in this session, you’ll discover highly motivating and easy to implement ways to offer outstanding mini courses to your students.