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Ellen Bremen

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States
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How to Talk to Your Teacher

Two people have the most control over your success in any college class: you and your college professor. In classrooms around the country, as professors teach quantum physics, Russian literature, and Western civilization, they rarely teach students the most important lesson of all:
“The way you behave and communicate with me can affect your success in this course and in college.”
As a 10+ year faculty member in Communication Studies, Ellen Bremen is repeatedly surprised that students don't have the tools they need to interact constructively with their instructors, whether about simple class-related mishaps and more complicated academic situations.

In this talk/workshop Ellen Bremen uses case studies to help students see inside their professor's minds to improve communication, avoid blunders, successfully navigate their classes, and have more success in college as a whole. Students will learn how to handle late work, absences, extra credit and poor grades. They will get insider tips about how professors teach, grade, and react to student communication and behavior.
Students will learn that they do have rights in college, and how to exercise those rights respectfully and effectively.

About Ellen Bremen:

Ellen Bremen is tenured faculty in the Communication Studies department at Highline Community College (since 2004), outside of Seattle, Washington. With nearly 13 years of teaching experience in university and mainly the community college setting, Ellen has earned multiple teaching awards for teaching innovation, 'best practices', and online teaching. Ellen is also an award-winning public speaker who, in 2007, became one of only four Washington State certified speakers for Monster.com’s “Making High School Count” program.

The Response

"Ellen captures the attention of her audience and relates to listeners. She is the speaker who can be heard in all parts of the room. Her intonation as she tells her story conveys not only her message, but also excitement about her career. She inspires by the opportunity she has had to follow her dreams."
Liz Peterson Word
UW College of Education
Office of Minority Recruitment & Retention

“Ellen expertly connects with and holds the attention of high school students. She puts them at ease, while conveying her authority on the topic, whether it is public speaking techniques or ways to approach instructors. My students continue to talk about what they learned from Ellen long after her visit.”
Jessica Towbin
National Board Certified Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher
Highline District Health Sciences and Human Services High School

"Professor Ellen Bremen has a unique ability to build a deeply personal connection with her audience, both intellectually and emotionally.  She is that rare speaker who seems like, in spite of all the other people in the audience, she's speaking directly to you. As a non-traditional student, I was especially impressed with her ability to reach younger students in her class.  Her respectful, confident manner, coupled with appropriate self-disclosure, made the buy-in to her concepts an easy choice for all students, young and old."
Don Crawley, author of The Accidental Administrator series and co-author of The Compassionate Geek:  Mastering Customer Service for I.T. Professionals

“Students in Ellen Bremen's class are rewarded with a knowledgeable professor and a captivating public speaker at the front of the room. Truly a modern-day professor, she guides her students through the nuances of interpersonal communication, reaching them through her progressive teaching style. Whether teaching her students how to communicate with their professor or how not to express anger, Ellen Bremen inspires learning through witty speech.”
Spencer Wright
Student, Highline Community College

“Ellen teaches her students with engaging material and speaks with enthusiasm and power.”
Alycia Jones
Student, Highline Community College