Lori Blum Sugarman

National Trainer – Keynote Speaker!

Lori Sugarman’s unusual background packs perspective, persuasion, and plumdiggity into both her keynote presentations and her national teacher training programs.  A former school counselor, Sugarman has spent the past ten years working as a pediatric hypnotherapist,  building writing literacy through creative writing clubs, authoring a teacher/student workbook, Plumdiggity! Developing Student Writers, and most recently, training educators in the Time to Teach method of Classroom Behavior Management.   Her three-year training as a hypnotherapist was a study in communication, imagination, how children (and adults) learn, and how new ideas and suggestions are accepted or rejected.  These principles and perspectives completely align with the four primary outcomes of The Time to Teach Classroom Behavior Management program: 1). Increasing student motivation and work ethic, 2). Increasing student accountability and self-responsibility, 3).Increasing student self-worth and self-confidence and 4). decreasing disruptive classroom behavior through:

  1.    Self Control Strategies
  2.    Classroom Design Techniques
  3.    Teaching to Appropriate Behaviors
  4.    Accurate and Timely Consequences
  5.    Student-Teacher Relationships

Teachers are given research-based, proven, practical strategies and applications that can start to be implemented immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. Lori believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.  Students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide-ranging.  Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.

Lori sees the biggest unchallenged assumption 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 basically un-socialized. Many students are learning behavior from Beavis and Butthead, MTV, Bart Simpson, Jersey Shores and a myriad of other influences.

There is not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.   Lori 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 many, many proven, practical strategies ready to be implemented immediately.