Rick Wormeli is back in 2016!
“Developing Perseverance, Motivation, and Executive Function in Students: Principles and Practices for the Middle Level Classroom”

October 24, 2016

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


October 25, 2016
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Tenacity is a virtue, but the personal fortitude to stick with an arduous task takes time and experience to mature. Many students grow impatient with content not parsed into sound-bytes, and reading extended, logical rhetoric through each argument to its ultimate conclusion is almost unheard of. On the other hand, If the story is good, students will read books of over 700 pages. They play on-line games working their way through 12 levels of difficulty for six hours, and they stay after school into the evening to practice for theater productions, get ready for sports tournaments, and conduct fun science experiments for the public.

Join us for a compelling session on how to help students find the reserves to stick with projects and tasks, be they physical or intellectual. We'll look at the key factors in several areas: Meaning-making, Dopamine production, enticement elements, feedback, practical cognitive science tips, executive function skills, teacher-student relationships, and more. There is no such thing as laziness; our students want to do demanding, complex learning, they want to persevere! To this, our students aspire; with this, our world was built.

In our classrooms right now, there is an eager William Wilberforce, Malala Yousafzai, and younger versions of J.K. Rowling and Theodore Seuss Geisel (both turned down repeatedly for their manuscripts) looking for inspiration. This generation is more than ready for what it takes to make the world their own. Let's light this rocket!

Schedule for the conference:

  • 7:45 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning Session begins
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Afternoon Session begins
  • 3:00 p.m. – Session ends

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Rick Wormeli brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, including more than 25 years of teaching. He is 2008 Winner of the “NELMS James P. Garvin Distinguished Service Award” and a regular columnist for the NMSA’s Middle Ground magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle Level Teachers, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12 all four from NMSA and Stenhouse Publishers.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he’s been asked to present nationally and internationally. He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife and two college age children