Programs for Teachers

What Do You Want Your Students To Tell Other Students About You?

If It Is Cloudy In The Pulpit, It Will Be Foggy In The Pews.
         If I went into your classroom and asked the students two adjectives to describe you, what would they say? One year I asked about 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers that question. Number one on the list from the students was “fun, funny, have a good time, sense of humor.” Number one from the teachers was, “fair”. Of the 269 adjectives the students told me “Fair” was never mentioned! They expect a teacher to be fair. It is when the teacher is unfair that they are remembered.

           The Keynote will combine these two ideas and introduce traditions into the learning experience. When the students come back to class reunions they never talk about content. They expect the teacher to know the material. They will talk about how important the teacher made them feel.​ If the only thing a student learned from me was How to Study and be a lifelong learner, I’d consider the year a success.

            Areas covered: adding humor to your class, being fair (Popsicle sticks), read half an hour each day in your field and treating the student like a client. Plus I will customize for any message you’d like the teachers to experience.

How to Study
Strategies for teaching students how to study.
Grade levels 5th to 12th.

What Works in the Classroom – I
Fluff Between the Stuff
To Make You and Your Material Memorable
             One of the primary learning activities of any classroom should be teaching students how to study. Sometimes a student needs only one idea to rekindle the spark of learning. Richard Gallagher’s program will provide enough useable classroom activities for even the veteran teacher.

Topics include: 10 Chapter Plan, Study Skill of the Month, Study Hint of the Day, and the 10 minute plan to an “A” (how to use color-coded index cards & writing it to prove you know it), Reading to Remember, Note Taking, Test-taking Skills (both objective & essay), Concentration and Memory Techniques (association & mnemonics), bonus questions & different ways to review your content. Come Laugh & Learn.
            "This presentation was very useful for my students… I immediately implemented several of your suggestions and my students have shown noticeable improvement."  

                           -Karen Anderson, teacher East Norriton Middle School
            The purpose is to add fun activities to keep the student's attention for the whole time they are in your class. This is my highest rated program. I have been in over 1,000 schools and read extensively.

            These are proven useable classroom ideas. Geared to the grade level of the teachers K –2, elementary, middle or high school). These ideas work!

            This is not a theory workshop. To implement will take little or no preparation time! Fast pace & high content! Laugh & learn!

            Areas covered: 90 – 20 –8 rule, Popsicle sticks, secret student, student borrowing, catch a teacher in a miss-take, home education, tattle box, live line/dead line/ first timers club, use of Post It’s, Thanksgiving/ Victory list, red & green cups and much more.

           "Excellent in-service – best I’ve seen yet (teacher of 10 years). Humor. Informative. Would love to see again!" 
                                                       -Leslie Natsis, Bell Oaks, Bellmawr, NJ

           "Richard has a wealth of information. He is very enthusiastic & realistic. He is a very motivational speaker."
                                                       -Sam Rizman, teacher of 32 years, Greenwood                                                                                                                  School, Millerstown, PA 
54 Ways to Review
Strategies to review material.
Grade levels K-12
            Want the students to lose interest quickly? Announce, “We will now review for the test.” This workshop will present 54 (more or less depending on the time) ways to add fun and interest to what many students see as boring instructor led monologue. I believe the less a teacher does – more student responsibility – the better. That is the focus of this seminar. Some areas covered: numbered heads, games, yes/no answers only, quiz/no quiz, gallery walk, ambush, exit pass, write your name & a fact. And many more. Laugh & Learn!

              "I have seen three of Dick’s presentations and I have taken at least ten new things with me each time."      -Tim Bartholomew 
What Works in the Classroom – II
            Same as the above but entirely different material. Entirely different book.

            Areas covered: name tags, stomp foot, special stool, exit pass, questions for guests, adopt a famous person, biggest number wins, risk takers, hall pass, lunch with learning, mysteries of life and much more!

Motivating the Unmotivated Through Goal Setting

Memory Techniques
No one has a poor memory!
            Many people as me, “How do I motivate my child?” “My spouse?” “Myself?” My first question is, “What so you want?” Most people say, “I don’t know!” Now I know why you are not motivated!

            Schools should teach how to live and how to make a living.

            No one ever showed me how to set a goal, make a plan for attaining that goal and then how to act on that plan. What do you want out of life? People spend more time planning a vacation than planning their life. The purpose of this workshop is to the students and teachers how to get what they want. There are no unrealistic goals. There are unrealistic time frames.

            Some areas covered: Wild Idea Sheet, Prioritizing, General Goals Procedure Chart, Wish Book.
              Do you test the student’s knowledge or memory? Most teachers test their memory. If you are going to test their memory doesn’t it make sense to show them that they actually have a memory? We learn everything through association. Whether you just go over and over and over or conscientiously ask. “What does it remind me of?” During my student seminar I have the students memorize (this takes 45 minutes with 4th graders and 35 minutes with high schoolers – the difference is that the younger students take longer to write it to prove they know it.) the 8 things you do if someone is having a stroke, (when I’m in a catholic school the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit), the 4 reasons the native Americans did not like the white man and the first 17 states in alphabetical order. They know them because they write them to prove they know them. In every class some one tells me them in reverse order. We repeat the last 8 states just one time! They begin to say, “I have a memory! I can do it!”​​

            This course will show how to increase you memory!

Self Esteem for Teachers
                What do you do for a living? Oh, I’m just a teacher! The purpose of this workshop is to raise the self-esteem of the teacher by showing their true value. The exercises are easily transferable into classroom activities so the students can benefit as well.

                Some areas covered: Praise a child a day, rewards vs. punishment, In-Class Expert, Who is your role model?, Thumb Wrestling, delayed gratification and much more.