Episode 46: A Garden for Sutter Keely

Episode 46: A Garden for Sutter Keely

Sutter Keely is a smart, goofy, sensitive, troubled, unserious, and lost teenager who doesn’t have the best Executive Function skills. Sutter is the main character in the movie ‘The Spectacular Now’ whose life choices are not that off the mark for a teenager but do certainly stand out from his sweet, focused, ambitious, and future-centered ex-girlfriend or the studious, hard-working, curious, engaged, and caring new girlfriend. This movie beautifully captures the angst of a young man who hasn’t yet discovered the purpose of learning, the value of good habits, nor has he tamed the wild emotions such as anger, loneliness, and sadness that rule his decision making. But all in all, this movie helps us understand how to look for the composite portrait of a young life trying to make it. The movie invites us to become gardeners as we think of the grand beauty and power that lays dormant within a bud that blossoms into a spectacular flower.

On today’s podcast, my guest MaryAnn Brittingham, the author of Respectful Discipline, Motivating the Unmotivated, Dealing with Difficult Parents and the co-author of Transformative Teaching: Changing Today’s Classrooms Culturally, Academically and Emotionally will discuss how to be the gardeners.

About MaryAnn Brittingham


On #FullPreFrontal MaryAnn Brittingham @BPDSeminars talks about developing social-emotional acumen by getting off auto-pilot, taking perspectives of others and reign in negative emotions; particularly, during high stress situations. Click To Tweet What personal work do parents and educators need to engage in to learn to RESPOND and NOT REACT? Find out on #FullPreFrontal #Podcast as @SuchetaKamath interviews MaryAnn Brittingham @BPDSeminars Click To Tweet Elevating student performance could be as simple as using simple HUMAN tricks – treating other humans with the utmost humanity. Tune in to #FullPreFrontal #Podcast as @SuchetaKamath interviews MaryAnn Brittingham @BPDSeminars Click To Tweet




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Sucheta Kamath
Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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