"Early in my teaching career I had an epiphany when I realized that the way to keep myself in this profession was to implement social skills seamlessly into how I teach. I had a two year old grandson at the time, and I would think about what I would want his teachers to use when they approached him in all academic and social areas. It came to me, that if I looked at my students the way I would want my grandson’s teachers to look at him, I would know what I needed to do."
Karen Aitken, Teacher/Author
Karen Aitken is passionate about changing behaviors in students to help them understand themselves better; empower them to make better decisions; and ultimately give them the social skills to be successful in school and in life. She has seen students who were apathetic about school, labeled a bully, or lacked self-confidence, transform once they had gained the skills that they needed to alter the patterns in their habits. Many teachers have realized that by using the training Karen offers, they have the ability to help their students become confident, self-managing, productive, and motivated students, who have the grit and ownership of learning required for success as a 21st century learner.
Another great outcome of this training program is that teachers are able to develop a classroom community where the instructional approach to discipline enables them to spend more time teaching and less on behavior problems. Parents are supportive of this approach and it helps build communication and better relationships.
"In the final analysis, it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”
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"It was very useful and techniques and strategies seemed to be very easy to apply in the class."
"I like the fact that the presenter is currently a teacher who can bring experience that relates to teachers now."
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