TEACHER / STAFF KEYNOTE
Realizing that words matter, we should never say, “We are going to give our children an education.” That implies that they do not have to do anything. It robs them of the responsibility for their own education. We cannot give anyone something they do not want. The good news is that we cannot keep them from getting the one they do want. Motivation is the key! Mike and his audience review what the actions and process that can help them want to choose to get an education. The most powerful tool available for empowerment is other students. Building a school community in an inclusive atmosphere is the key to engaging even the most reluctant students. By focusing on the words and the individual’s personal responsibility, we can help them choose to succeed.