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Katrina Ayres    

Author, Classroom Management Specialist, Teacher Trainer

As the founder of Positive Teaching Strategies and the Awesome Teacher Nation, Katrina Ayres has helped thousands of teachers improve their teaching practices. She is an experienced teacher, a sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars, and is the author of three books. Her weekly newsletter, “The Monday Morning Sanity Boost,” provides humor and helpful classroom management hints to teachers all over the United States.

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Back-To-School - The Crucial First Minutes of Your Year

For schools, school districts, and education service districts • 45-60 minute keynote

Like it or not, you will be meeting your new students in just a few days, and it’s time to use that beginning-of-school energy to your advantage. What you do in the first few minutes of class can determine whether you will struggle or succeed the entire year. In this funny and inspirational keynote, you will learn:

  • The one mistake that even experienced teachers make, and what to do instead
  • How to set limits and expectations without being bossy, weak, or whiney
  • How to quickly develop positive relationships with your students so you can keep that “honeymoon phase” going all year long.

How Not to Screw Up Your First Year of Teaching: Success Strategies That Work

For new teachers, student teachers, and pre-service teachers • 45-60 minute keynote

Schools and school districts nationwide spend millions recruiting and training new teachers, and nearly half of those teachers leave the profession within their first five years. Even smart, savvy teachers from the best colleges tend to make “newbie” mistakes that can be easily avoided with the right guidance. In this funny and inspiring keynote, Katrina shares her top three new teacher mistakes, and shows you what to do instead. You will learn:

  • The most important thing to do before school starts to set up your whole year for success
  • The worst mistakes a new teacher can make and how to avoid them
  • Where to spend your time and energy so you can make it, and even thrive, in your first year of teaching.

Mediocre Is The Enemy of Awesome

• 45-60 minute keynote

Are you so busy being a “good enough” teacher that you are unable to become the awesome teacher your students deserve? Learn the characteristics that all awesome teachers have that mediocre teachers don’t, and the top three actions you can take each day to motivate, stretch, and inspire yourself and your students to scale new heights in the classroom.

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