Self, a native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, is currently teaching sixth
grade at Mattoon Middle School in Mattoon, IL. Mr. Self is also
teaching part-time at Eastern Illinois University in the education
department. Clyde has been an educator for over twenty-six years,
teaching in various grade levels. He also has experience as an
administrator, chairperson for the District Children's Assistance
Program, past president of Mattoon's United Way, an adjunct professor
at Eastern Illinois University, and a consultant to the State of
Illinois on various aspects in the field of education. Clyde has been a
consultant for businesses and school districts. His speaking
engagements have taken him all over the U. S. and he has been
recognized as a national speaker. Clyde
has received several honors and awards in the field of education and
community. Most recently he was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in
Illinois and he was inducted into the Who's Who of American Teacher
Illinois State Board: "Teacher of the Year Runner Up"
Illinois State Board: "Those Who Excel" Award Winner
Illinois State Board: "Recognition of Excellence Award Winner"
Mattoon Foundation for Excellence: "Apple of Our Eyes Award"
Regional Office of Education: "Education is the Key Award"
Arbor Day Foundation: "Small School Winner"
Who's Who Among America's Teachers: Classroom Teacher (Awarded 7 times)
IEA/NEA/MEA: "Professional Leadership Award"
Other areas of concern:
Clyde also endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and has
received special training in the area of evironmental educational
training. He has received his endorsement as a Nature Quest Instructor.
Where is Ward Cleaver ?
I in trouble now! When my dad finds out I'll not see daylight for
months because of the grounding I'm gonna get." In the 60's this is how
many classroom teachers could depend on help from the families. Well,
often in today's society this doesn't exist. But, wouldn't it be nice
to be able to find a secret weapon like Ward Cleaver to help you deal
with the constant discipline problems that children create? Well,
believe it or not, I have your secret weapon just waiting for you. So
come along with Clyde on a fun-filled workshop to help you become an
almost perfect "Ward". This presentation is designed for educators to
help them become more prepared to deal with the many different types of
discipline problems that arise. Those in attendance will be shown the
correct responses in dealing with hostile students and parents.
Teachers, aides, and administrators will be shown how to write
appropriate rules to help govern their classrooms. Another thrust of
the presentation is to teach participants the importance of positive
reinforcement and how to implement positive behaviors that will
ultimately have your students looking forward to the day. Having a
perfect "Ward" is possible with training that is designed from
preschool to high school. Teachers, Administrators and Aides Discipline
Got The Homework Blues
dog ate it? Really!! Johnny, come on, you can do better than that. If I
hear that excuse one more time, I think I shall lose my mind--how many
dogs can a child have?" As a classroom teacher, we have heard more
excuses for work being late, half done, or a paper that is impossible
to read. Many classroom teachers feel frustrated and often give up on
this constant problem. How many classroom teachers can get down on
their level and get some real emotion behind the students' work? I also
will discuss ideas that truly make even the slowest student think and
use what knowledge they have to build upon strengths they never knew
existed. Some of the material will be presented in an innovative
approach. If anything, this session is guaranteed to 'set you on your
ears'. Come along and join Clyde in a fun-filled program to 'drop them
dead in their tracks'.
This presentation is designed for educators to help them become more effective with the time consuming area of homework.
in attendance will be shown the correct ways of dealing with homework
whether it is late, incomplete, or not presentable for the teacher to
read. Participants will be given all the information they need to set
up a homework policy that is foolproof and virtually free of cost. The
stress of homework is eliminated from the teacher and put back on the
student where it ultimately belongs.
Grade Level Interests K-12
GREASE YOUR GEARS
Co-Presenters: Clyde Self and Sabra Culp
R-E-A-D-I-N-G, YUCKS! Does this sound familiar with your students?
Well, join the crowd. So, why don’t you come along with Clyde and
Sabra for some activities that will totally blow them away. During
this session, we will discuss how a classroom teacher can get down on
their level and get some real emotion behind the students’ work. We
also will discuss ideas that truly make even the slowest student think
and use what knowledge they have to build upon strengths they never
knew existed. Some of the material will be presented in an innovative
approach. We shall be exploring ways in which classroom teachers can
incorporate different projects into their curriculum. Teachers will be
given proven rubrics that are easy and efficient to use within the
classroom setting. We will focus upon time lines, and writing essays
that make children think about what is important to them in this
Grade Level Interests 3-12
The Power of............. Reading
Clyde Self & Sabra Culp
What is the true purpose of reading? Oh, there are several reasons
children don't enjoy reading; so, teachers, what is the purpose of
reading? Is reading's main objective to torture students to spend 50
minutes a day going over boring details about what color the shirt the
main character was wearing in the story? Or better yet, assign 20
different vocabulary words to find their meanings and then use them in
a story? No wonder that the latest poll given to students showed that
children ranked reading as the most boring and unemotional class that
they have in a day.
We have designed ideas that any classroom teacher can incorporate into
their existing reading program. We will explore how a classroom teacher
can bring reading to life through various methods. We shall explore the
area of project designs, discussing major philosophers in classroom
discussions and using the inquiry method. As practicing teachers, we
can attest to the turn-around our students have taken since we have
incorporated these different types of ideas. We hope that you shall
join us in this fun-packed hour that will surely change your students'
attitudes towards reading. *
This presentation can run from one hour to two hours depending on the
conference's wishes. The target group would be for teaching.
WHAT IS IT THAT HELPS KEEP YOU GROUNDED?
"Have you ever felt like you have been run over by a Big Mack Truck and
then it backed over you again?" And while you were driving home you
thought that you should have listened to your Aunt Esther and pursued a
career in basket weaving. I’m sure these types of questions have
entered your mind many times.
We have all encountered days when nothing seems to go well and we have
SELF doubts about our abilities. If this sounds like you some days,
don’t feel alone. My question for you is, "What is it that you do to
get by during trying times?" I will be exploring ways of handling
stressful situations in an intriguing way.
So, come along with Clyde for a fun-filled time to help put the ZING back into your day.
I won’t reinvent the wheel, but I will make you think about what is important and how to get back to your "roots". Motivation