Sutter Keely is a smart, goofy, sensitive, troubled, unserious, and lost teenager who doesn't have the best Executive Function skills. Sutter is the main character in the movie ‘The Spectacular Now’ whose life choices are not that off the mark for a teenager but do certainly stand out from his sweet, focused, ambitious, and future-centered ex-girlfriend or the studious, hard-working, curious, engaged, and caring new girlfriend. This movie beautifully captures the angst of a young man who hasn't yet discovered the purpose of learning, the value of good habits, nor has he tamed the wild emotions such as anger, loneliness, and sadness that rule his decision making. But all in all, this movie helps us understand how to look for the composite portrait of a young life trying to make it. The movie invites us to become gardeners as we think of the grand beauty and power that lays dormant within a bud that blossoms into a spectacular flower.
On this episode, my guest MaryAnn Brittingham, the author of Respectful Discipline, Motivating the Unmotivated, Dealing with Difficult Parents and the co-author of Transformative Teaching: Changing Today’s Classrooms Culturally, Academically and Emotionally will discuss how to be the gardeners.
About MaryAnn Brittingham
MaryAnn Brittingham MS, has a Master’s Degree in Family Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree with a dual certification in both Special and General Education. She’s the author of Respectful Discipline, Motivating the Unmotivated, Dealing with Difficult Parents and the co-author of Transformative Teaching: Changing Today’s Classrooms Culturally, Academically and Emotionally.
Throughout her 35 years in education, she’s worked as a special education teacher, adjunct instructor at the graduate level, teacher consultant, and has provided counseling services to children and families.
MaryAnn, a behavior consultant and well-known international speaker focuses on social and emotional skill development, effective classroom management and discipline, self-regulation and mindfulness practices. MaryAnn is wholeheartedly committed to helping teachers reflect on and transform their own behavior in order to better serve their students. This passion was the springboard that led her to create her own international business, Brittingham Professional Development Seminars, to provide training that offers hope and inspiration to create a safe compassionate learning environment.
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