EDUCATOR / SPEAKER / WORKSHOP LEADER / MENTAL SKILLS COACH / CERTIFIED PRESENTER OF THE JENSEN CORPORATION, LEADER IN BRAIN COMPATIBILITY BASED LEARNING
As an ex house painter, Mike took up teaching until he found a “real job.” 42 years later he has since realised that being an educator is the best job in the world. Mike is passionate about learning for all people. He is excited about the possibilities the “how to teach approach” can bring to learners.
Mike brings a unique combination of experiences to his presentations. As a classroom teacher and then Elementary School Principal he successfully promoted a brain compatible philosophy achieving exceptional results with both staff and students. During this period he became a PD facilitator using those experiences to integrate the theory and practice of the science of learning. As a result workshops are extremely practical based upon successful application. Mike has now worked in nine different countries as diverse as Kyrgyzstan to the United States. As well as education, he works as a mental skills coach in professional sport and as a mentor /change agent in businesses.
With 42 years of educational experience, Mike is not only a successful and innovative professional trainer but he has also had the practical experience of leading a highly successful, internationally recognized school down the path of brain compatible learning.
Always looking for a better way, he has extensive training in brain compatible learning completing an MEd in neuro-, behavioural-, and cognitive science at the University of Tasmania and being the only person in the Southern Hemisphere to gain certification as a presenter with the Jensen Corporation, USA, the world’s leading brain compatible institution. His latest book, 40 Engaging Brain Based Tools for the Classroom, is published in the USA by Corwin Press. Mike has worked as a full time learning consultant in the USA, Sweden, Hungary, India, Singapore and Australia as well as throughout New Zealand. He has recently been employed as an educational consultant to the Government of Thailand and Kyrgyzstan and has also been named as a Patron for the newly established Brain Based Learning Institute in Budapest.
As well as his role in education, the last few years have seen Mike using his skills in the world of personal development and human resources management, concentrating on the fields of motivation, self-management and the change process. This has led to work as the mental skills coach for the current Women’s K1 200 kayaking champions and professional football teams.
Mike has taken this knowledge and developed a five year programme for athletes in high schools to increase their potential.
Mike can work with you to provide:
- Professional Development
- Professional Coaching
- Reflection Sessions
- Programme Development & Support including Resource Development
- Ongoing Mentoring
- Group Support Meetings
- Parenting & Community
- Weekend Retreats
Top Products for Mike
Learn, Think and Live (available from the author)
40 Engaging Brain Based Tools for the Classroom, Corwin Press
It’s all about lifting the head before we lift the tail
We often concentrate on the academic, but research into motivation and success indicate that self-belief is the essential component.
Sparact-7 motivational factors that you need to know.
An overview of the 7 success components needed in curriculum delivery
Riding the brain wave
Is technology really the answer or do we need to combine it with a “learnacy program?”
Maturation, motivation and mastery
If we know when academic, social and metacognition processes are likely to maturate, we can align our teaching practice to suit.
Your brain; friend or foe?
How important is thought management for students young and old?
Building a success culture
The culture of the staff will indicate the success or otherwise of the school. How do you shape a success culture?
Making magic memories
This interactive keynote reveals how e input, process and show learning and how much of our teaching works against the brain.
Adventures in Learning (2 days)
An exploration of engagement, memory, assessment feedback and more. This combines the big picture with practical classroom practice.
Creating a classroom of thinkers (1 day)
What are the underlying factors that need to be established before thinking can happen. An eye opener.
Why relationships? (1 day)
The role of our emotional brain is dominant in learning. How do we create a climate that motivates students for success?
Engaging and Supporting Unique Learners. (1 day)
Many of our learners struggle with conventional education. This workshop explores changes that benefit all learners.
Effective Schools: the critical factors. (2 days)
What does research tell us about effective schools? This wide ranging workshop looks at a variety of factors. Ideal for school administrators and senior staff.
Teaching Adolescents: a no-brainer (1 day)
Teaching the middle years is made easier when we align our teaching to the changes in the adolescent brain-a maturation time like no other. Prepare to be intrigued and informed.
Mike would love to connect with you to create a tailor-made workshop, built especially for your group!
What Others are Saying:
I have known Mike Scaddan for 17 years and can heartily recommend him to you.
I was so impressed with Mike’s professionalism and expert knowledge that he was hired to be the keynote speaker and lead presenter for an educational conference I was asked to organize. Mike did not disappoint. The educators of the many schools in attendance gave him superior marks on the evaluations. As the organizer of the event I must say that Mike graciously made himself available for the participants to address their personal questions.
I have seen Mike at other conferences and events, and always his work is among the very best. He is highly respected among his peers. Mikes thorough preparation, consummate attention to detail, and top-notch delivery will make winners of you, your organization and the attendees of your event.
Jerry F. RunnerSmith
Eureka Springs Arkansas
A few of Mike’s previous engagements
- the USA – Adventures in Learning & Teaching Conference (2001);
- International Experiential Learning Conference (2001)
- Hungary – Soul in Education Conference (2004);
- India – Integrated Values Conference (2006) ;
- Kyrgyzstan-Quality Learning Project (2010);
- Australia-Quality Teaching Conference (2010)
He has also presented workshops in
- Thailand (2004, 2005)
- Sweden (2004)
- the USA (Learning Brain Expo, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2006)
- Australia (Learning Brain Expo Down Under, 2006, Quality Teaching Conference (2010) Hawker-Brownlow Thinking Conference (2010)
In June, 2006, he chaired a United Nations conference session on teaching children with different learning patterns. This conference was held in Bangalore, India.
In 2009 he presented a workshop at the International Principals Conference in Singapore and in 2013 presented three workshops at ICOT, the International Conference on Thinking.
In 2009 and 2010 he worked for USAID in Kyrgyzstan in central Asia presenting workshops to teacher trainers on a variety of topics.
He has also presented key notes and workshops in NZ including Learning at Schools, U Learn and E-nnovate. In 2004, he organised the NZ “Hairy Brain” Conference.
Phone: 066475524799 (New Zealand)
Linkedin: Mike Scaddan