Alixe T Mayers
Educational Consultant And National Trainer
My philosophy about teaching is simple. I agree with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives. The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” The research is clear, when students know you value them as a human being, they will work harder for you and challenge you less. I also believe teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names.
Teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that they can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. I know educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.
I also understand that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.
Sadly, the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools basically un-socialized. Many students are learning behavior from Grand Theft Auto, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and a myriad of other influences.
I am dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, participants will leave with many proven, practical strategies that can be implemented immediately. I believe that other than the child’s parent, a teacher can leave a lifelong impact on a child. I want to help educators make that impact a positive, life changing one.
20 years as a Classroom Teacher
If schools were permitted to have just one training, this is the one!
This training will help to raise test scores for your students, decrease discipline challenges, and improve classroom rapport. You will learn how to meet students where they are and lead them where they need to be, capture attention, and promote deeper learning.