National Trainer - Math Ed Workshop Leader
Terry’s philosophy of teaching is simple – let’s create a learning environment for students that is challenging, yet safe. We connect with kids when we treat them respect and consistently maintain high expectations for their behavior and ability to learn and be creative. 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.” Terry believes that research is clear, when students know you value them as a human being, not just another student; they will work harder for you and challenge you less. He also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names.
Terry believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. Terry believes 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.
Terry understands 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.
Terry also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) 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 what they see and hear on social media and TVMTV, Bart Simpson, Jersey Shores and a myriad of other influences.
Terry knows there’s not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Terry is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor, and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, he leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as he can. After all, his love of learning and teaching was initiated, encouraged, and supported by enthusiastic, well prepared, loving teachers.