Seattle Course #13-Achieve Success with “I DON’T CARE” Students


Thursday- March 8, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #13 -Achieve Success with “I DON’T CARE” Students: Inspiring the Unmotivated

by MaryAnn Brittingham, MS, Family and Child Counseling- Pine Bush, NY

About the Speaker
MaryAnn Brittingham, MS, holds a Master’s degree in Family and Child Counseling from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from D’Youville College. She has over 30 years of experience as a special education teacher, and child/family counselor with experience work- ing in psychiatric settings to create therapeutic options for students who require higher levels of emotional and academic support. MaryAnn is a certified trainer at Life Space Crisis Intervention, which uses interactive therapeutic strategies to transform crisis situations into learning opportunities and she teaches graduate level courses in special education and educational psychology at two colleges in New York. Her passion is to help educators gain insights into student behaviors in order to create a safe learning environment where students can discover their talents. MaryAnn is the author of several books including: Transformative Teaching: Changing Today’s Classroom Culturally, Academically and Emotionally; Respectful Discipline; Dealing with Difficult Parents; and Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Student. MaryAnn’s courses focus on practical solutions for helping students be successful in both the general education and the special education classroom. Her approach to behavioral intervention empowers students and provides realistic solutions for working with challenging behaviors. Disclosures: Financial- MaryAnn receives teaching and speaking fees from her company, Brittingham Personal Development Seminars. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Reading Specialists, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Behavior Specialists, Principals/Administrators, Case Managers, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, ELL Teachers, Math Teachers, and Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 21 years

Course Description:  


Worried. Hopeless. Stuck. This is how many educators feel when we see students struggling and believe that there is nothing we can do to help. The powerlessness we feel can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially when your enthusiastic lesson planning is met with groans, shrugs, or eye rolls! Everyone wants to know how to reach their students who are apathetic, unmotivated, under-performing, and claim to not care about school. This course is designed to provide successful strategies that you can use in your classroom and school to make positive changes in these challenging students. We may become frustrated with the numbers of students who have “checked out” because 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 a change in the cycle of helplessness these students get caught up in.

 What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Explain what is really behind the words of “I don’t care”

• Explain why contracts and rewards don’t work with “I don’t care” students

• Identify pitfalls of behavior plans and how to revise them to work

• List 4 strategies for positive relationships with under-performing students

• Adequately describe how to replace judgment with compassion

• List 4 specific strategies to adjust your responses to help guide students toward their own behavior change

• Demonstrate relationship/team building strategies you can easily incorporate into your classroom

• Adequately discuss how to reframe negative thoughts and perceptions