Teacher Workshops and Lecture Topics

Before handling aggressive or mean impulses, teachers must become fluent in the language of children and be capable of translating their behavior. This workshop will introduce a hands on translation technique, as well as focusing  on the relationship between gender and behavior.

The child's world is very different from the world of an adult. Many times the way in which we speak to children, as well as our body language and tone of voice, communicate something entirely different from what we mean. In other words, what children "hear" us say differs from what we actually said. Learn to speak and act in ways that won't be misinterpreted, learn to hear things the way children do, and learn how to turn a situation around if a child has "heard" you incorrectly.

This workshop is based on the premise that effective limit setting not only means stopping misbehavior, but also helping children develop a sense of responsibility and high self-esteem. Even young children can recognize how their behaviors impact others, and develop a sense of self-control. When this happens, the classroom becomes not only a place of learning, but also a community where children work together and feel deep pride in doing so. This workshop provides teachers with effective limit-se

This unique workshop will give you an invaluable "problem solving model" which enables you to discern how to handle any problem that might arise in your classroom. Specific techniques with clear examples will be given which will help you effectively enhance cooperation while maintaining order (and your sanity). These techniques are not only effective, they also build children's self-esteem.

Conflict among children is a natural part of a developmental process which marks the growth of important social skills. This workshop focuses on supportive intervention techniques which help children learn to resolve their conflicts peaceably. Appropriate for use with children age 2 and over.


Repetitive misbehaviors in a classroom often occur because a child feels misunderstood. But it's often difficult to understand children - sometimes because they're screaming, or sometimes because they don't have language yet. This workshop focuses on listening skills, and interpreting children's behaviors by quickly assessing what their goals are, even if they're preverbal. How to use these techniques to diminish repetitive behaviors will also be covered.

In order for children to get the most out of their day care and early school experiences, it's best if teachers and parents work closely together as a team. Often, teachers best efforts in this direction seem to be thwarted by parents whose attitude can make communication difficult. This workshop will illuminate some causes of the difficulty, and give teachers practical techniques that will help keep the lines of communication open and will enable them to handle even the most frustrating of parents.

Respectful communication is the key to successful relationships. Yet many times respect is lost when conflict arises, or when others make decisions with which we don't agree. And when respect is not maintained, relationships deteriorate. In this broad-based workshop participants will learn the value of respect and the skills involved in maintaining a respectful attitude even in the face of anger or belligerance.

Encouragement is a powerful motivator that also builds children's self-esteem. When children feel encouraged, they're more likely to cooperate with others, to share, to engage in classroom activities, to be responsible, and to solve problems themselves. Yet we often unintentionally discourage children. Learn the four ways in which we unintentionally discourage children, what our original motives were for doing things that way, and how we can turn those discouragers around to be encouragers.