David Rendall says we may be too focused on “fixing weaknesses” in students. Instead, he says students might benefit more from the following philosophy:
- There is nothing wrong with you. Weaknesses are important clues to your strengths.
- You find success when you find the right fit. You need to match your unique characteristics to situations that reward those qualities.
- Your weaknesses make you different. They make you a freak and it’s good to be a freak. (Freak: a person who is unique because of a natural positive obsession.)
Rendall will deliver a keynote session entitled The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness at the Wired Differently Conference in Atlanta. His plenary session is entitled Funny for a Change: Using Humor to Create Serious Transformation.
Now in its 5th year, the Wired Differently Conference is an information-packed event that showcases a wide array of best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral challenges — especially in inclusive settings. REGISTER NOW!
PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES – 6/21/17 – Register for a conference bundle!
Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
- Rick Fernandez, Ed.D. – Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools
- Rick Shaw – Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents
- Craig McCullough – Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions – What Educators Need to Understand
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
- Mike Paget, M.Ed. – Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently
- Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP – Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success
- Mike Shaw – Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset