"20-Time Contributing Author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series!"

Education - TOM KRAUSE - Volunteers


  TOUCHING HEARTS-TEACHING GREATNESS - Inspiring Confidence, Worth & Hope in Every Heart!

         "One of America's Most Quoted Motivational Speakers!"


Tom is the author of VOLUNTEER'S CREED featured in

                                        Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul.

          Humourous & Powerful Presentations Designed to Motivate People to Greater Levels of Success & Achievement in Life.
Since 2001, Tom Krause's reputation has continued to grow on the motivational speaking & training facilitator circuit. Tom currently presents for hundreds of clients nationwide and overseas. Standing ovations are the norm as audiences spontaneously react to Tom's inspiring performances. Educational audiences, volunteer organizations, private businesses and fundraising opportunities all have greatly benefited from Tom's talents. Hear Tom's message of empowerment based on three priciples Tom has taught for over thirty years - Be Yourself - Believe in Yourself - Always Go for Your Dreams! Tom is a retired teacher/coach of thirty-one years in the Missouri Public School System. His presentation, TOUCHING HEARTS-TEACHING GREATNESS, has been presented to thousands of educators, parents and students. Tom's presentation for volunteers/fundraising orgainzations, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE, has motivated audiences to immediate action.

Tom is the author of Touching Hearts-Teaching Greatness, and a contributing author to many books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Look for Tom's new books, A Teens Guide to NOT Being Perfect and The Little Boy's Smile!

The Rapport Teaching Technique

The Rapport Teaching Technique: demonstrates ways to put the human spirit back in classrooms. The book contends that education is about nurturing children, about instilling in them a sense of self-worth along with academic knowledge. Teachers who love their students instill that self-worth, and when the bond of worth exists, learning is enriched.

A philosophical treatise and a how-to-do-it book at the same time, The Rapport Technique explains how classroom use of storytelling, poetry, and activities centering on values like perseverance, loyalty, decision-making and empowerment can take the focus off grades and put it on personal character development, development that propels students to pursue their dreams. It is a book about humor, creativity, and a method for teaching young people about life.

10 Lessons Every New Teacher Should Learn

Welcome to teaching!!! You are now part of a profession solely dedicated to helping students of all ages learn. It is a profession where the more you give of yourself, the more you get in return. Most famous people are eventually forgotten. Teachers live on in the hearts and minds of their students for a lifetime. Click the link to find a list of ten lessons every new teacher should learn. Do not expect yourself to learn them all at once. But as you gain experience you will find these lessons valuable.





BREAKING NEWS!!! Tom Krause just named Global Presence Ambassador by Parenting 2.0

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Renergize your conference attendees enhancing more positve outcomes for themselves and your organization!

- Learn the power you have to make a difference in the those around you.

- Learn what holds most people back from being all they can be.

- Learn the three core lessons to finding success and happiness.

- Learn twenty-six coping skills for dealing with too much stress.

Call Tom to customize seminars to fit your needs!

"We all have a choice. We all have a say. We are spectators in life or we get in and play. Whichever we choose, how we handle life's game, the choices are ours no one else is to blame." -Tom Krause

"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you could lose." - Tom Krause

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 Read Tom's "IPPY Award" winning book for Teenagers -

A Teen's Guide to NOT Being Perfect.

What Ever Happened to the Average Student? ( Teenage Suicide)
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, It made a difference to that one!”
Dear Gail:
Many people may think that we cannot make a difference that really matters to people in this world. Talking about teenage suicide is not a popular subject. But the fact is it has become an ever growing phenomenon in our society today. While society is hard to change, we can make a difference. A difference was made for two of my former students below. 
I am sending this email to introduce my latest presentation topic, Teenage Suicide - What Ever Happened to the Average Student?
If you would be interested in more information please feel free to contact me.
Tom Krause
20 - time Contributing Author Chicken Soup for the Soul book series!
International Educational Motivational Speaker
I received the following letter from a student in my class who was a straight A student and no one had a clue to the things she revealed in this letter.
Coach Krause,
I’ve been going through a lot of stuff the past 2.5 years.  When I moved here I was devastated and became depressed.  Now, 2.5 years later, it is barely starting to get better because of my Health class with you.  
I was very bitter, hateful and angry.  Along with the depression came self-destruction in the form of drugs, cutting and suicide attempts.  I cannot count all the cuts I have on my body or the number of pills I have put in my mouth while trying to kill myself.  My depression was not getting better, but only worse and worse.  This year my self-destruction has gotten much worse and cutting myself doesn’t even hurt anymore – it feels good.  Last school year alone I attempted suicide at least 20 times.  As you can see, I failed every time.  I am now starting to appreciate that failure.
Going through your Health class has helped me realize there are other options for my bad situations.  In some of our class discussions I would be sitting at my desk with tears in my eyes and my heart breaking inside.  After being in this class I have learned how to communicate my feelings better and have talked to my parents about my problems and am now getting help.  I am on medicine for my depression, in counseling and am rarely left by myself.  Things are still tough right now, but eventually they will be better and I will be stable.  I don’t know if I would still be alive if it weren’t for the things I have learned in your Health class.  
I love your class and our curriculum.  I haven’t had self-esteem in ages and the Bumble Bee activity shows me that there is nothing wrong with me and I am accepted for who I am.  I feel like it would be a big mistake to change this class in any way.  If it weren’t for this class, I might not be alive and getting better.
Student Name Withheld for Privacy 
When speaking with a friend about teenage suicide, I asked her if it would surprise her that every classroom I walked into over 90% of the students know someone who has had a suicidal thought? I went on to tell about a time I spoke to a student body of 400 high school teens at a public high school. When I asked if any teen in the audience knew somebody who had a suicidal thought all 400 raised their hands. I can tell you the administrators, counselors and teachers at that highly decorated school were shocked.
My friend told me the first thing people will say is that today’s generation of young people is weaker than previous generations. That caused me to pause and think. My response is the following:
Really? I remember as a child hearing the same thing about my generation. If you search the internet you will find writings complaining about the younger generation all the way by to Roman Times. What problem has that statement ever solved?
As I think about it, maybe it is our generation that doesn’t spend enough quality time with our children today. Maybe it is our generation that is so engrossed in competition that we don’t allow our children to lose one game without being chastised. Maybe it is our generation that will not protect young children from too high standards or expectations by society today. Maybe it is our generation that cannot simply give our children a compliment without a qualifier about how they could get better. Maybe is our generation so desperate to live our life through our children we don’t even consider what their dreams might be. Maybe it is our generation that is too weak to hug our children or hold their hand or, God forbid, say something as corny as “I love you.” Maybe it is our generation who cannot say the words of encouragement I use to hear from so many adults as a child. Words like,”you will make it”, “don’t be so hard on yourself” or “you don’t don’t have to be perfect” which made you feel normal during the teen years when you didn’t like yourself.
Real problems have real solutions. But maybe the problem doesn’t solely rest on the generation we think it does. Maybe it is time to take responsibility and change. Maybe the problem is us.
- Tom Krause
417-830-9240 cell
National Educational Motivational Speaker -
Parenting 2.0 Global Presence Ambassador
20-time Contributing Author Chicken Soup for Soul
Author - A Teen's Guide to NOT Being Perfect
31 year teacher/coach Missouri Public School System (retired)

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