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Teaching Teachers

Danny Bateman is an engaging, entertaining, and experienced workshop leader. 

With interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens

Danny has been teaching students with diverse learning needs for 34 years! He is in touch with the challenges of todays classroom. He shares relatable experiences, along with evidence-based principles and a smorgasbord of practical strategies, which will guide teachers in cultivating positive, productive learning environments. These principles and practices have proven to help teachers feel more enthusiastic, happy, and well-balanced, even when faced with overwhelming challenges.

About Danny Bateman

“Wonderful facilitator! Engaging, respectful, and witty.”

As an experienced and esteemed public speaker, Danny aims to deliver teaching strategies and inspiration using entertaining experiences and actionable content.  He passionately believes that teachers and students can learn the skills needed to thrive amid adversity.

Danny is currently a sessional instructor at Concordia University of Edmonton in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered successful sessions at hundreds of conventions, conferences and professional development for teachers. These workshops focus on practical principles and strategies for creating productive learning environments in inclusive classrooms at all grade levels. His expertise comes from working for 34 years as an inclusive education teacher and consultant. 

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Sessions and Workshops

Enlighten, Entertain & Inspire


A Crash Course in Exceptionalities

What every teacher should know about disabilities.

This session will help you to identify and support students with exceptionalities. Come and enjoy a discussion of the language used to refer to students with diverse learning needs. You will learn which models of support are helpful and relevant for teaching in an inclusive classroom. These evidence-based practices will arm you with skills for addressing the learning needs of students with exceptionalities.

Engaging and Motivating Students 

What works to motivate struggling students in the inclusive classroom?

Come relax and learn some effective approaches and practical strategies that will motivate reluctant and struggling students. Not all means of motivating and engaging students are appropriate or effective for learning. Students and teachers alike can apply self-determination principles which dramatically improve motivation and engagement. You will also be introduced to some universal strategies that work well for all students in an inclusive classroom. These evidence-based practices will arm you with ideas to engage and inspire your students.


Inclusive Education Workshops

Educate, Motivate & Inspire

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My Life as a Student with ADHD

A Teacher's Perspective for Supporting Students with ADHD

When I was a young child in elementary school there wasn't such a thing as ADHD, but I definitely struggled with it. I was officially diagnosed in my fifties. I always thought I was dumb until I ended up in education. As a teacher for the past 34 years, I’ve always tried to teach the way I like to learn: with lessons that are high interest, fun, active and engaging. Come learn tips and strategies for engaging kinesthetic learners with poor executive functioning. Actually, these ideas help all learners.

Addressing Challenging Behaviour

Supporting Positive Emotions and Behaviours

Come relax and learn some effective approaches and practical strategies for supporting students with emotional and behavioural challenges. You will be introduced to systems and strategies that work well to deescalate and engage. These evidence-based practices will arm you with skills for collaborative problem solving and supporting positive behaviour.

Practical Strategies for Struggling Learners

What works for Students with Diverse Learning Needs?

This entertaining session will provide teachers with a smorgasbord of instructional tips and tools designed to engage struggling learners. You will also be introduced to some universal strategies that work well for all students. Once we understand these students and their struggles, we can teach the way they learn. Come learn practical tactics and effective approaches that work with struggling students. While many of these strategies come from the field of inclusive education, they will benefit all students!

What People Are Saying:

Participant Comments

“One of the best workshops we have had :-)”
"An amazing session. Not only did he discuss strategies for teachers, students, and practicing empathy, he demonstrated practices and involved us in activities that were in examples to practice in the classroom. Very informative and, again, amazing!"

“Great job! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenter.”

“Dan was AMAZING. Hilarious, jovial, got the crowd enthused and I loved his personal connections he shared to make the presentation relevant.”

“Wonderful facilitator! Engaging, respectful, and witty.”

“I really liked the energy of the speaker. He made the topic very engaging.”

 “Very engaging and informative! Loved it!”

“Very energetic. Liked the strategies to go with the information”

"Awesome! Your enthusiasm is infectious and you obviously have great knowledge on the subject.”

“Really great, realistic and useful strategies. I loved the personal inclusion of stories…”
“His real life examples hit home for me. That gave me perspective on how to implement many of these skills. I learned some of my short falls and how to fix them…”
“I loved the pictures and jokes throughout the workshop.”
"He is an awesome speaker. Great at keeping everyone engaged."

Other Presentations

Educate, Motivate & Inspire

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Simple Practices for Lasting Happiness

The Path to a More Joyful Life

Once you know the truth about lasting happiness you can apply these principles to everyday practices. Discover how to stay joyful and enthusiastic when overwhelmed by the challenges of life. These happiness principles are based on a plethora of research, and many anecdotal experiences. This session will illuminate helpful strategies for promoting wellness, joy and lasting happiness in your life. Come laugh, decompress, and learn some self-care.

Make Learning Fun!

Skills for Engaging Learners

This session will illuminate some practical ideas for bringing more joy into your classroom. Learn the value of having fun in the classroom and some interesting and fun activities that engage learners. Self-care and humour will help us cope with the challenges of teaching. A happy, cheerful teacher will better engage and motivate students too. Come, enjoy some laughs, decompress, and rejuvenate.

Preparing for a Joyful Retirement

What I wish I knew before I retired as a teacher...

Seven years ago, Danny retired on his teachers’ pension and learned a few things about retirement. He will share what he wished that he had known before retiring! He discovered some simple practices that are essential for motivation and wellness. Learn about these tried-and-true habits which generate meaning and fulfillment in retirement. Come laugh, relax, and arm yourself with understanding and strategies for creating a wonderful, joyful retirement.

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Edmonton, Alberta


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