Response-Able Educator Newsletter #89

May 24, 2010

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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: Relationshipping
5.  Humor
6.  Sign of the Times
7.  Staying in Touch

1. Quote

"It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry."
Albert Einstein
What would Einstein think of today's emphasis on testing?
Would he finish school or drop out?
Would he get involved in the race to the top?

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Do you care enough about these students to release them to go where they need to go, learn what they need to learn, and be where they need to be? Will you let go of them emotionally so they can move on to their next lessons?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a silver Buick Lacrosse in Atlantic City, NJ:
Change Is a Prerequisite
For Improvement

4. Article: Relationshipping

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Bill Smith is a private person. He likes anonymity. That's why Bill Smith is not his real name. He prefers to stay anonymous. We will honor that preference.
Mr. Smith is like a lot of teachers who are Spirit Whisperers. He doesn't conduct press conferences, make loud or long statements at staff meetings, or publicly challenge the Board of Education about decisions they make that he does not feel are in the best interest of students.  He works quietly in his high school making a difference in the lives of students one day, one child at a time. 
Bill Smith is a twelve-year teaching veteran who teaches government to seniors in a large suburban high school in the northeastern United States. We were attracted to his story and his circumstances during a lunch conversation when he stated matter-of factly, "I don't have any trouble with troublemakers. They behave pretty well in my classroom."
It wasn't just our ears that perked up when Bill made that statement about troublemakers. The other teachers at the table reacted as well. Everyone leaned in a bit and encouraged him to go on. Over the next half hour the following story emerged as a result of our questions and his forthright answers.
"I get every student who comes through our high school," he began. "They all have to take government. It's a requirement for graduation. My plan is simple. I find out who the troublemakers are early in their high school careers and build relationship with them for three years before they even get me as a teacher. By the time they come into my class they already know I'm a good guy."
With some prodding Bill explained how he identified the troublemakers. His identification system is simple. "I listen in the staff room when other teachers begin complaining," he said. "They talk about these students all the time. It's not difficult to determine who the teachers are having trouble with. I make a list of ten to twelve students in each grade level that the teachers are complaining about. Then I build relationship with them for several years."
So how does he build relationship with students that are causing trouble in other teachers' classrooms? With the following activities, which he calls his Super Seven Relationship Builders.
  1. Give them two "I noticed . . ." statements per week. "I noticed you like to wear red." "I noticed you were at the basketball game Friday night." The real message here is "I see you."
  2. Give them one physical touch per week. Show concern and caring through physical touch. Give them a high five, pat on the back, light shoulder squeeze, or handshake.
  3. Get in their vicinity once a week. Sit near them at an assembly, stand behind them in the lunch line, or walk near them as they pass in the hallway. It's not necessary to do anything, just be there in their proximity.
  4. Smile at them twice a week.
  5. Give them a thumbs-up, the OK sign, or a hand wave once a week.
  6. Touch them with your eyes. Sustained eye contact builds relationship. Eyes are the windows of the soul. Look there.
  7. Use their names. "Hello, Mary." "Juan, looks like you got a haircut." The sweetest sound in any language is the sound of your own name. Use names in positive situations.
"I keep a file card on each of the students that I've identified," Mr. Smith told the teachers at the lunch table. "I make sure I do three of the things on my Super Seven Relationship Builders list. If I don't have three check marks on a card by Friday, I go looking for that student."
By the time a student takes government, Mr. Smith has had three years worth of relationship-building contacts with that student. He or she is familiar with him and has developed a positive connection. So if Mr. Smith chooses to use a discipline technique, enforce the school rules, or hold students accountable for the choices they made, he does so in the context of a positive relationship that has already been established.
The other teachers in his building have trouble with many students that create no problems for Mr. Smith. That phenomenon is no accident. It happens because a Spirit Whisperer set out with intentionality to create it.
Thank you for letting us tell your story, Bill. Keep on Spirit Whispering.
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: and

Spirit Whisperers: Teachers That Nourish a Child's Spirit

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


5. Humor

A new teacher thought she would use what she learned in her psychology courses. She said to her class, "Everyone who thinks they are stupid, please stand up." After a few seconds one boy stood up. "Do you think you are stupid?" the teacher asked. "No ma'am," he responded. "I just didn't want you to have to stand there all by yourself."

6. Sign of the Times

The arts teach students that small differences have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
Maple Leaf Montessori, Brighton, MI

7. Staying in Touch

Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman have exciting and inspirational new ways to stay in touch. Please consider joining our 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.
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B.) Facebook
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C.) Twitter
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Special Event
The Parent Talk System Training of Trainers
July 27 - 29, 2010
Lake Forest Golf Club
3110 West Ellsworth Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48103

  1. There are now 11,746 subscribers to the Response-Able Educator Newsletter. Thank you for being part of our network.
  2. 446 teachers took advantage of our recent offer for a FREE book, Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children. Enjoy and pass it on to others.
  3. "Elementary school students get no academic benefit from homework—except reading and some basic skills practice—and yet schools require more than ever." Harris Cooper, Duke University Researcher
  4. Students were required to write their spelling words five times each in 1965. That was 45 years ago!

Product of the Month
You have a student who has a parent that needs this book. Buy it for them or send them this information. It might be the most important gift you give this year.
The Only Three Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need: Essential Tools for Busy Parentsby Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller 
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This practical, skill-based book delivers three amazingly simple verbal discipline strategies that will work with your children, from tots to teens.

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 on the link below.
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May 26 - Detroit, MI
Raising Caring Children: Responsible and Accountable for Their Actions presented by Chick Moorman, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. George Crockett Academy. For information contact Mary Lou Van Antwerp at 313-896-6078 or email
June 8 - Ephrata, WA
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Ephrata School District. For information contact Jamie Jasman at 509-754-4659 or email
June 16 - Baton Rouge, LA
Achievement, Motivation & Behavior Management presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. LRCE Louisiana Research Center. For information contact Sarah Alvear at 225-924-7600 or email
June 22 - Racine, WI
Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). Contact Deb Engen at 608-213-7862 or email
June 29 - McFarland, WI
Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). Contact Deb Engen at 608-213-7862 or email
July 27 - 29 - Ann Arbor, MI
Parent Talk System - Training of Trainers presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Lake forest golf Club. For information email Click here to view the brochure. Click here to register on-line.
Aug. 5 - Second Mesa, AZ
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Second Mesa Day School. For information contact Kathie Bloomfield at 928-737-2571 or email
Aug. 10 - Phoenix, AZ
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Paradise Valley Unified School District. For information contact Sandy Fabian at
Aug. 12 - Coldwater, OH
Raising Achievement for All: Motivation and Behavior Management presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm. Coldwater Schools. For information contact Jeff Tuneberg at 419-586-6628 or email
Aug. 16 - Kenilworth, IL
Motivating for Student Achievement and Responsibility presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Kenilworth School District 38. For information contact Libby Noel at 847-853-3806 or email
Aug. 17 - Jefferson City, MO
Motivating for Student Achievement and Responsibility presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Blair Oaks R-11 School District. For information contact Renee Maples at 573-634-2058 or email


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