Inspiration with a message that’s easy to catch
I believe that it’s important to not only have a strong message but to also get kids moving. Connecting a message with an activity is a great way to get oxygen to the brain and to reinforce that message. Currently, I offer two presentations, a session for parents, frisbee workshops and book readings. Each presentation for kids includes the Unplugg’d Challenge and I can do more than one group book reading, depending on the number of students. I can run multi-day frisbee workshops depending on the number of students at your school and can even run multiple workshops for the same group.
I base my presentations and my messages around a few core virtues. I believe that character education through various forms of literacy is the way to have an impact on future generations. The core virtues I talk about are:
Each presentation is typically done first thing in the morning to the entire school in the gym. A typical day looks like:
I’m flexible on the length of the workshops although I would recommend not shorter than 25 minutes. I’m also flexible on the number of students per workshop although I would recommend 30-40 students at a time. My goal is to have every student in your school hear my message in the assembly and have a chance to participate in a frisbee workshop. I connect the assembly to the workshops by talking about my Unplugg’d Challenge at the end of each workshop.
The Parents session is after school in the evening, is roughly 90 minutes and costs $100.
I’ve had experience being bullied as a kid because I used to figure skate and then again later in life when I first got into frisbee, I was made fun of often for being different. I’ve worked as a facilitator with the organization Dare to Care and have learned a lot from what they taught me. I have also been speaking with Tina Long for a few years. Tina’s son Tyler committed suicide from being bullied so bad, and was one of the children featured in the movie Bully. She runs the non-profit Everything Starts With 1, and she has been a valuable resource helping me tweak my message in order to be more effective in my assemblies.
Since I started speaking in schools 4 years ago, I have spoken in close to 150 schools and connected with more than 35,000 students. I have met hundreds of principals, gym teachers, EA’s, and classroom teachers. I have been in schools that are the best in their district and schools who are near the bottom in their district. I have been in schools that are low income, high needs and schools that are extremely well funded.
As such, I have a broad range of experience and I know what works and what doesn’t work. My approach is simple. Focus on the desired behaviour and minimize the time spent on the undesirable behaviour.
As such, my presentation, frisbee workshops, and any additional time spent with students and staff will focus on words like Kindness, Acceptance, Determination, Empathy, Patience, Sharing, Friendship, Effort, Self-Discipline, Self-Awareness, and Perseverance. I will not spend much time talking about Bullying, although I do explain the difference between peer conflict & bullying and I also share my story of what I went through as a kid, as a way to teach the students how to deal with Adversity.
My goal is to reinforce messages and ideas that are already being taught, by putting my own spin on it, helping both students and staff get back to what is important by realizing that it’s easy to get caught up in technology and by adding a disruption with my Unplugg’d Challenge.
If you are interested in ordering frisbees, please let me know the quantity so I can prepare a quote.