Response-Able Educator Newsletter #86

November 30, 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.  Article: Walk and Think
5.  Teacher Talk Tip
6.  Staying in Touch


1. Quote

"In the end, most students come to school for their teacher, a teacher, several teachers, not for the abstract concept of school."
 
Robert Balfanz
Research Scientist
Center for Social Organization of Schools
Johns Hopkins University


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

For today, do not focus on what the student is doing. Focus instead on what you are being in relationship to that.
 
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3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a white Dodge Caliber in Missoula, MT:
 
No more than 50% of all math teachers
are above average.


4. Article: Walk and Think

by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
"OK, you've just lost ten minutes."
 
"You're on the wall. Go sit by the wall until the bell rings."
 
"You obviously don't want recess today."
 
"There goes your recess."
 
Comments like the ones above have been uttered by teachers as well as by recess and lunchroom monitors for decades. Withholding or threatening to withhold recess in an effort to induce a desired behavior has been going on for so long without a major shift in children's behavior that it makes us wonder, Who is it that is really the slow learner here?
 
Good news. Teachers in an elementary school in Wyoming have come up with a viable and workable alternative to the removal of recess. They call it walk and think. Students in their school who choose inappropriate behaviors use recess time to walk (get exercise) and think (reflect and re-form). It works like this. 
 
1. When a student chooses an inappropriate behavior such as put-downs in the classroom or shoving another child on the playground, they get one reminder. Notice we didn't say they get one warning. A warning is a threat. At this school they do not threaten children! They remind them. That warning is delivered in the form of the one-minute behavior modifier, explained in depth in our book, The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need. It sounds like this: "Cara, that is a put-down. We don't put other children down in this class because people could feel bad and it often leads to physical violence. What we do here is tell the other person how we are feeling and what we would like to have happen. If you choose to put people down again, you have chosen to walk and think at recess."
 
2. If the child activates the behavior again, the adult in charge calmly says, "Cara, that is a put-down. We don't put other children down in this class because people could feel bad and it often leads to physical violence. When you choose to put others down, you choose to walk and think. You will need to draw a slip from the think tank to use at recess time.”
 
3. The think tanks in this school vary in size and shape. One is actually a big plastic jug with an opening at the top large enough for a child's hand to enter. It contains several slips of papers with think topics on them.  Some of the think strips follow.
  • What effect does the behavior you chose have on the class? On yourself? Think short-term and long-term.
  • How could you make amends for this behavior? Come up with three possibilities.
  • In what other ways could you get what you want other than the behavior you chose?
  • What did you learn from choosing this behavior? About yourself? About the others involved?
  • How could you remember to choose a different behavior next time?
  • What do you intend to do next time? Why?
  • Come up with an alternative behavior. Predict what would have happened if you had chosen that behavior.
4. During recess, the student takes a think strip from the think tank and holds onto it as she walks and thinks. Students are not allowed to use a pen or pencil to write their responses. This is not another in that long line of paper-and-pencil activities that students are subjected to frequently. The students are encouraged to think though their responses as they walk. Walking is done in a designated area, and they are to keep moving for the duration of the time. This is a time for thinking and for exercising.
 
5. When recess is over, a debriefing takes place. This can be done immediately if time and the structure of the day permit. Or it can be handled at a later time when the teacher is free to debrief effectively. Debriefing, which takes from three to six minutes,  allows students to explain their thinking, what they learned, and their goals for next time. The emphasis here is on helping students learn lessons in self-responsibility and create plans for improvement.
 
6. Students add their goals and learning to their Responsibility Notebooks at this time. This adds a written component to the activity and creates a permanent record that can be reviewed later.
 
Walk and Think is a major effort on the part of a concerned professional staff to turn a punitive, threatening activity into one that helps students develop self-responsibility, self-motivation, and self-discipline without losing recess and exercise time. It is designed to help students develop their inner authority, which is the only authority they take with them everywhere they go.
 
Thank you, Wyoming educators. Maybe it is time for some other staffs to go for a walk and do some serious thinking.
 
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the co-authors of Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children: Practical Strategies for Parents and Teachers to Help Children Manifest a Better World. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free monthly e-zine for educators and another for parents. To sign up for them or learn more about the seminars they offer teachers and parents, visit their websites today: www.chickmoorman.com and www.thomashaller.com


Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE ATTRACTION PRICIPLE BOOK.

5. Teacher Talk Tip

"Just because I like you, do you think I should let you get away with it?"
 
Students often attempt to wiggle out of consequences. They come up with excuses, reasons, promises to be better next time, or thinly veiled threats. One helpful way to react to those situations is by asking the student, "Just because I like you, do you think I should let you get away with it?" This question lets the student know clearly that you will be holding them accountable for their actions. At the same time, it tells them you like them. This helps to separate the deed from the doer by communicating, "I like you, and the behavior you chose has consequences."  


6. 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: 
 
Subscribe to the blog feed or sign up to receive it via e-mail on the right-hand side of the home page. http://www.uncommon-parenting.com/
 
 
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 www.twitter.com/tomhaller.
 
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? http://twitter.com/ChickMoorman


Copyright

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Grant Alert
Maximum award: $10,000 for high school science, math, and technology teachers. Teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors are required to identify a problem that needs solving, research the situation, and develop an invention. http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/about.html
 
Deadline: April 25, 2010 

Product of the Month

Fred the Mouse: Giving and Receiving

by Reese Haller

Paperback book ($4.97)
 
 
The fourth book in the award-winning FRED THE MOUSE book series written by 10-year-oldauthor Reese Haller. Book Four masterfully blends another adventure of Fred the Mouse with an extraordinary message of being a generous giver as well as a gracious receiver.
 
 
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Impress the Press
Having trouble bringing public attention to your staff development day, student assembly, or parent program? A well-written press release might help. Use the following guidelines to impress the press.
 
A strong press release reads like a news story. The headline is critical. It must grab the attention of the reader. The most important information comes first, the remainder of the story following in descending order of importance. The lead paragraph should be limited to one or two sentences and should contain a summary of the major facts.
 
For a standard news release, include your name, address, and telephone number. Also, add instructions about release time. State, "For Immediate Release," or "Hold for Release Until…"
 
Type and double-space your release. A headline done in all caps is helpful. Underline it.
 
A sample copy announcing one of our assemblies follows:
 
FROM: John Doe
1212 State Street
Somewhere, MI
989-643-5059
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
 
STUDENT ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD JANUARY 20 AT WILSON HIGH SCHOOL
 
 
An assembly for students entitled THE PYRAMID OF RESPONSIBILITY will be presented by Thomas Haller on January 20, 2010, at Wilson High School.
 
The presentation will run from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. and is designed to help students learn how to accept responsibility for their actions.
 
Thomas Haller, the director of Haller's Healing Minds, will present ideas on how students can use their thoughts and words to produce results in their lives, take 100 percent ownership of what has shown up in their lives, and soar like an eagle to become successful in today's world.
 
Event: Student Assembly, THE PYRAMID OF RESPONSIBILITY
 
Presenter: Thomas Haller
 
Date: January 20
 
Time: 9:00-10:15
 
Place: Wilson High School
 
Contact:  John Doe, 989-643-5059

Schedule
Nov. 30 - Newburgh, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 1 - Long Island, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 2 - Hartford, CT
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 3 - Providence, RI.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or
www.ber.org.
 
Dec.  3 - Bay City, MI
Reducing Power Struggles in Children presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Bay Valley Hotel and Resort. Bay City, MI. To register visit Thomas’s website www.thomashaller.com or email cathy@thomashaller.com. Click here to register on-line. View Flyer.
 
Dec. 4 - Portland, ME
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 14 - Ottawa, ON Canada
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 15 - Toronto, ON Canada
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 16 - Hamilton, ON Canada
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 17 - Buffalo, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 23 - Melrose, MN
The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Melrose Public Schools, High School. For information contact Lee Uphoff at leeu@clearwire.net.


Chick Moorman
Contact Chick at 1-877-360-1477 or e-mail him at ipp57@aol.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CHICK'S WEBSITE.

Thomas Haller
Contact Thomas at 989-686-5356 or e-mail him at thomas@thomashaller.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THOMAS' WEBSITE.

Links

Contact
Personal Power Press
1-877-360-1477

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