In this talk, Jim breaks down bullying in two key elements. One, he encourages students to have the strength and belief in themselves not to “Surrender” their pride, self-worth nor dignity to people that bully them. Secondly, he tells stories that touch the students’ hearts so they think about how they talk to and treat others. Our words are a reflection of who we are and we should respect ourselves to treat others with kindness.
He teaches the students the importance of being an Upstander and not a bystander. He empowers them to have each other’s back and look out for each other. Middle school can be a challenging time in students’ life and bullying is a serious topic at schools. Many schools book Jim because he can connect with students in a fun way, but has the ability to address a serious subject with compassion and conviction. His anti-bullying presentation is powerful, uplifting and life changing.
Jim Basketball Jones’ brings his game to this assembly. He addresses effort, personal responsibility, choices, respect, kindness and overcoming adversity. Students are engaged in activity, audience call backs and empowered by inspirational stories. Jim is so engaging, funny and direct, he will keep your middle school students on their toes for the full hour. His presentation skills will amaze your staff as they watch how interactive their students are with him. At the end of the presentation, Jim reveals his personal story of being a Special Ed student and his struggles with dyslexia. He ties all the personal character traits back into his story of how he went from the special classroom down the hall to graduating number one from college. This is a powerful assembly about hope, personal commitment, overcoming challenges and just never giving up.
The demand for Jim’s motivational test taking assembly is so high, schools must call early to reserve a slot near their state testing time. In this program, Jim breaks down test taking to being a “Piece of Cake” and schools have noticed the student’s improvement. Your Middle School students will learn listening skills, methods to increase focus and concentration, how to reduce test anxiety and, most importantly, that their best effort is important to the success of their team—their school. Jim truly helps students get excited to come in and BUST THE TEST…Don’t just take the test, Bust that Test!
– Mrs. Kochell,CovingtonMiddle School,Covington,IN
This assembly involves students in a handful of team activities that challenge the students to think through the consequences of poor choices. Learning to distinguish between good choices and bad choices and what factors affect decision making. “Am I rationalizing my choices or am I think through the consequences?” At this age some of our choices have serious impact on our lives and we need to be commitment to our goals and dreams and not just following along with what other people decide to do. I own my future and I am responsible for my actions.