Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. to lead first-day discussion at faculty/staff orientation

August 23, 2013

New York Times bestselling author and international speaker Michael G. Thompson will speak with Madeira faculty and staff during their first day of orientation, Monday, August 26. Thompson has worked as a clinical psychologist, school consultant, and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting for close to 35 years. He has authored nine books, including one of Madeira’s faculty/staff summer reading assignments, “The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life.”

Madeira faculty and staff educate the whole child: they must be aware their students’ academic progress, and their emotional and physical wellbeing. Thompson’s knowledgeable perspective of what it takes for adolescents to “get through” school will help teachers understand how stress can affect their performance.

Along with addressing adolescent stress, Thompson will share his insight on other topics including: bringing joy into the classroom, homesickness, and building relationships with parents.

“I think it is important that we, as educators, can address how to deal with stress within academically rigorous programs like ours,” said Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca. Ms. Cabeza de Vaca went on to explain that the focus will not focus on stress, but on joy, “I want every step of our student’s educational journey at Madeira to be joyous, and filled with excitement.”

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