National Trainer and School Administrator
Jenny Kager’s philosophy about teaching is simple. She agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” In other words, you are not going to reach some kids academically until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” The research is clear. When students know you value them as a human being, not just another student, they will work harder for you and challenge you less.
Teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that they can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. Educators have the toughest job in America, as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – parent, caretaker, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor – just to name a few.
Jenny understands that students come into our classrooms and schools from different backgrounds and cultures, and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore. Jenny also knows that the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools facing a variety of social and cultural challenges.
Jenny is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, she leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as she can.