Response-Able Educator Newsletter #85

October 25, 2009

Welcome! This is a free newsletter about becoming a Response-Able educator who develops Response-Able students.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and uplift the spirits of educators so they can in turn inspire, encourage, and uplift the spirits of their students.

In This Issue

1.  Quote
2.  Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3.  Bumper Sticker
4.  Teacher Talk: Don't Bug Me
5.  Staying in Touch

1. Quote

"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not to worship what is known, but to question it."
Jacob Chanowski

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if what you want from this student already exists within her and your job is to encourage it to come out rather than to discover a way to put it in? In what ways would that alter your present approach?

Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a green Ford Edge in Akron, OH:
Proud to Teach Amazing Kids

4. Teacher Talk: Don't Bug Me

Some kids are afraid of bugs. Others are not. Some teachers are afraid of bugs. Others are not. So it was not an insignificant situation when a bug recently landed on the shoulder of an unsuspecting second-grader.
The  bug, perhaps even a spider, wasn't  noticed by the child who was being invaded.  Other children noticed and began getting agitated.  When the teacher realized what was happening, she immediately stopped the class and demonstrated skillful Teacher Talk:
"Oh, my goodness!   Look at this . . . you are so fortunate!   What an honor that he chose to land on you . . . let me just help you . . .” as she swept up the offending vermin with her bare hand, showed it to the children, and pointed out its bug anatomy. Later, she walked to the door and gently released the bug outside. 
How did the children react as this teacher responded to the bug? They stopped in their tracks and  their agitation ceased as fear was replaced with fascination. The targeted child never spooked. Embarrassment was averted. Instead, he appeared to be happy to be in the spotlight.
Before the bug was released, this teacher helped her students learn two important lessons. First, the careful examination of the insect taught children about the importance of scientific observation. Second, they learned that unexpected circumstances do not have to be the signal for hysterical behavior.
This teacher transformed what could have been an embarrassing, fearful incident into an opportunity for learning and for an honor to be bestowed on a student chosen by a bug. She is clearly a Spirit Whisperer.

5. Staying in Touch

Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman have recently added new ways to stay in touch. Please consider joining their network in the following ways.
A.) The Uncommon Parenting Blog
Learn to parent like no other so your child can grow up to be like no other.
Recent posts include:
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B.) Facebook
Both Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman have joined Facebook. We would each welcome an opportunity to be added to your friends list. Please send us a friend request that tells us you are an educator newsletter subscriber so we can identify how we know you 
C.) Twitter
Yes, we have both begun to Twitter. 
Thomas B. Haller is now twitting. Instead of following what I am doing throughout the day, I invite you to follow what I am thinking. To join me as I tweet my thoughts, go to
Chick Moorman is now on Twitter. To sign up for timely questions, short but raging rants, bursts of inspiration, and random thoughts and observations on parenting and teaching, follow the link. Why not be the first on your block to initiate regular contact?

Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at 1-877-360-1477 or e-mail him at


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at 989-686-5356 or e-mail him at



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Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Student

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Audio Seminar ($95.00)
Includes four compact disks and a comprehensive resource handbook. Chick Moorman shares successful techniques for teaching strategies to hard-to-reach students to motivate them to succeed in school. You will learn a wide variety of proven strategies to prevent power struggles, increase self-motivation, and help students build positive and productive relationships.


Featured Presentation
With Thomas Haller
Students will learn . . .
  • How to accept responsibility for their actions.
  • How and why to speak with respect.
  • How to focus on a goal and strive for success.
  • How to use their thoughts and words to produce results in their lives.
  • How to take 100 percent ownership of what has shown up in their lives.
  • How to soar like an eagle and become successful in today's world.
Do your students know about the myth of the glass head?
Do they know how language can change one's level of responsibility?
Do they know what it means to turn your pencil around?
Do they know about the Statue of Responsibility?
For a detailed description on what happens at this exciting student assembly, click here.
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Nov. 3 - Schnecksville, PA
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21. For information contact Beth Breiner at 610-769-4111 ext. 1261 or email
Nov. 4, 2009 - Bay City, MI
Bully Proofing Your School: What Parents Need To Know and Do presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Handy Middle School, Bay City Public Schools, Bay City MI. For information contact Linda Lavictor at
Nov. 5 - Olean, NY
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Cattaraugus-Allengany Teacher Center. For information contact Tim Houseknecht at 716-376-8381 or email
Nov. 6 - Olean, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Cattaraugus-Allengany Teacher Center. For information contact Tim Houseknecht at 716-376-8381 or email
Nov, 12, 2009 - Bay City, MI
How to Get Your Kids to do Homework presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Bay Valley Hotel and Resort, Bay City, MI. For ticket information contact: Click here to register on-line. View Flyer.
Nov. 14, 2009 – Birmingham, MI
The Three Discipline Strategies Parents Must Have presented Thomas Haller, 10:00 am - 11:15 pm, Birmingham Parent Fair, Birmingham, MI.
Nov. 14, 2009 - Birmingham, MI
Parent Talk: The Language of Response-Able Parenting presented by Thomas Haller, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm. Birmingham Parent Fair, Birmingham, MI.


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