Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested, and Disruptive Students:

Practical strategies that work!

Strategies to improve student motivation and reduce classroom discipline problems!

  • Avoid the "number one motivation killer" for students in school.
  • Learn to defuse any student, at any time, in any situation.
  • Receive dozens of high impact instructional strategies to help motivate at risk youth.
  • Learn dozens and dozens of strategies to motivate and reduce discipline problems.

Who Should Attend:

  • Teachers K-12
  • Administrators/Principals
  • Special Education Teachers & Directors
  • Para-professionals
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

Program Agenda

8:30-10:00AM Defuse Power Struggles.

  • Defuse any student at any time in any situation. I will show you how.
  • Stop mouthy kids in their tracks with these two steps.
  • If detention and suspension worked, the same kids would not always be there! Discover how to make it hard for kids to get themselves kicked out of your class.
  • Learn exactly what to say when removing a student so they want to return to your class.

10:00-10:15AM Break


Kids who do absolutely nothing.

  • Learn and practice the single best strategy to motivate kids who come every day, put their heads down (hoods and headphones on), and do absolutely nothing.
  • Learn word-by-word prevention phrases to completely eliminate students complaining things are not fair.
  • I will show you what to do so students never argue homework or consequences again.


Dozens of creative teaching strategies.

  • 10 quick, easy to implement, and fun strategies that will reduce disruption and improve test scores.
  • Master transitions! Moving kids from one activity to another or one room to another can often be a behavior nightmare. I will show you exactly how to master the transition.
  • Transform the behavior of any highly active child with a swimming noodle, music stand, piece of carpet, picture of an ear, or a piece of tape.

12:00-1:00PM Lunch (on your own)

Brian is available to answer questions from 12:40-1:00PM about your specific classroom or student!


When teaching gets tough.

  • Learn five phrases and techniques guaranteed to build relationships with any student.
  • Avoid the number one motivation killer for students in school.
  • The oppositional defiant student: There is only one strategy that works and I promise you have never learned it.
  • The best response when kids complain:

Why do I have to do this?

"When will we ever use this in our lives?"
"This is so boring."
"You are always picking on me."



Can We Prevent Bullying?

  • Improve school and classroom culture by learning the only proper way to use rewards and award systems.
  • Avoid the number one mistake many teachers make when trying to stop bullying.
  • Understand why many schools and teachers inadvertently cause bullying. Learn specifically what to do instead.


The teacher that changed my life.

  • Learn exactly what to say when calling home so parents (and kids) will love you.
  • Seven magic words any educator can say that will change the life of your most challenging student.


Q and A with Brian if you want to stay!

Free Webinar Follow up Training

Upon conclusion of this seminar you will receive an email with a link to the free one hour webinar. What if you are busy the day of the webinar? No problem, you will be able to view the webinar "on demand" for one week. You decide when, where and how often to watch the webinar. You will be able to ask your presenter questions, submit case studies, and clarify techniques and strategies discussed during your workshop.


  • Complimentary copy of our best selling book Motivating Students Left Behind.
  • Complimentary training manual – prepared specifically for your seminar, this manual will compliment the training you will receive.
  • Certificate of participation – Upon conclusion of the seminar, you will receive a certificate of participation which may be used to verify hours of attendance for meeting in-service requirements.


Registration is $225 per participant. Pay for 3 and a 4th attends for free. Pay for 5 and the 6th and 7th attend for free. Call for special group pricing for 8 or more.If you need us to bill yourschool, please provide a purchase order.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 72 hours in advance and receive a full refund. Cancellation notices received in our office less than 72 hours prior to the seminar will be refunded less a $30 service charge. Paid registrations are always transferable. If you don't attend and don't cancel, you are still accountable for the registration fee.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you are not completely satisfied with this seminar, we will refund your entire tuition fee.


You will receive a confirmation email 5-7 business days prior to the seminar. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please call our office at 1-800-772-5227.If you register for the seminar after this time frame, your confirmation will be verbal only.

Walk-in Registration

Walk-ins are welcome. Walk-in registrants must have a purchase order or present another method of payment. No cash please.

Registration Table

On-site registration and coffee and tea service begin at 7:45am. The seminar promptly begins at 8:30am.

Video and Audio Taping

Video and Audio taping are not permitted at our seminars. However, our staff photographer may take pictures at our events. These photos may be used in future publications and on our website. Please let our photographer know if you do not wish to be photographed.

Hotel Info
Hotel:Holiday Inn Express Albany-Latham
Address:400 Old Loudon Rd.
Parking:Free Parking
Directions Link:click here

Credit Info

5 New York State CTLE hours. CTLE Sponsor # 3261.Please check with local district for advanced approval for state credit. CTLE hours are based on instructional time only and do not include breaks or the lunch break.

University Semester Credit Option

Semester hours, from University of the Pacific, Center for Professional and Continuing Education. $62 per credit.  Acceptable to most participants, including many on district funding or release time, as credit is awarded for additional, "Teacher-Friendly"TM, follow-up activities.  For Graduate Professional Development participants NOT pursuing an advanced degree at UOP. Enroll at the seminar, except in CT, NJ, OH, PA and WI.  Credit for seminars in these states, or for other UOP credit questions ONLY, call (800) 479-1995. 

Social Worker Credit

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886542320) for 5 continuing education contact hours.

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Teacher Learning Center :: Newsletter

Excellent information! Thank you for being real and offering great suggestions and strategies!
Tonia Gregory

This is the first time in a long time that I wasn’t checking my watch throughout the day. If I want research, I will consult a text. If I want practical, take-to-the-classroom strategies. I will consult Brian!
Laura Brannen
Reading Specialist
Philadelphia, PA

Extremely entertaining, but powerful message!
Sonya Rodriguez
Math Teacher
Corpus Christi, TX

Very good ideas. So many strategies that I will actually use.
Melissa McPeak
Syracuse, NY

Excellent! Easy to listen to...humorous, engaging, wealth of knowledge on the subject.
Lindsey Brown
Special Education Teacher
Albany, NY

I learned so much-you changed my life-now I can do it for my kids!
Cynthia Murran
Columbus, GA

This is the best workshop I've ever been to & I 've been teaching since 1980.
Jeanie Nance
Fayetteville, AR

Best presenter I have ever seen - amazing! I learned so much, and I feel motivated to teach again. Thank you!
Allison Woodburn
Buffalo, NY

Very dynamic & animated with "real world" knowledge of subject matter.
Eric Larson
Assistant Principal
Missoula, MT

Amazing content... I can't wait to start Monday with a new outlook.
Julie Swenson
English Teacher
Champaign, IL

"I can not tell you how excited I am about the new found classroom control I have. This was the first time I have been to a workshop where the information was presented in a realistic style."
David Radican
Sacramento, California

"Brian was great! The teachers loved him. He gave us some great strategies. Teachers loved “fair” versus “equal”."
Chris Porter
St. Helena, South Carolina

"Thank you for a refreshing and very usable workshop today. I thoroughly enjoyed your energy and dedication."
Barbara Rubino
8th grade teacher
Elmwood Park, New Jersey

"I wanted to let you know that your workshop was the best one I have attended in years. I was really impressed with your tactics and methods."
Chip Gordon
English Teacher
Knoxville, Tennessee

"I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for today's workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I appreciated your energy, enthusiasm, humor, and love for the children."
Ashley Director

"First of all I wanted to tell you that I thought the seminar was fabulous. In the four years that I have been teaching this was the most useful seminar I have attended. I wanted to thank you! I came out of there with many ideas and strategies to take back to school today. Again, thanks for the phenomenal seminar! The day was well worth it."
Beth Hidgem
North Dakota

Excellent information. Could listen to your ideas all day, every day.
Holly Seibert
Special Education Teacher
Columbus, OH

"Outstanding, energetic, and engaging. The material was very well presented and easily understood."
Vincent Pagan
Manchester, NH

"Very interesting, interactive, and easy to listen to."
Gina McVey
Secondary Math and Science Teacher
Oklahoma City, OK

"Mr. Mendler had really high energy and was an interactive presenter. I would recommend this workshop."
Gabriela Panayoti
Resource Teacher
Saddle Brook, NJ

"It was refreshing to hear 'real' advice and commentary for once! Honestly, this was the best conference I've been to."
Kimberly Hale
4th Grade Teacher
Fredericksburg, VA

"This is the best I've ever been to and I've been teaching since 1980."
Jeanie Nance
Fayetteville, AR

"I can definitely apply your seminar to my classroom. Love the energy, expressions, and real situations."
Brenda Atkinson
2nd Grade Teacher
Billings, MT

"Absolutely incredible and inspiring. Thanks!"
Casey Schaefer
Kindergarten Teacher
Missoula, MT

"I loved everything he had to say. His message was inspirational."
Ashley Nelson
English Teacher
Little Rock, AR

"Very enjoyable, entertaining, and educational."
Foster Harris
Shreveport, LA

"Mr. Mendler kept our interest and was energetic and knowledgeable. He was great and you could feel his passion!"
Janet Krahe
Special Education Teacher
Topeka, KS

"Thank you! I feel ready to jump into the toughest classroom in the world!"
Amelia Duke
Deaf Education Teacher
Columbia, SC

"Wonderful energy and presentation style. Mr. Mendler gave great, practical information that I know I can use right now!!"
Jen Minnis
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Kansas City, MO

"Awesome presentation of information in an entertaining way!"
Tammy Briggs
8th Grade Pre-Algebra Teacher
Augusta, GA

"This was the best seminar I have EVER been to!"
Rob Gosselin
Manchester, NH