Response-Able Educator Newsletter #90

July 5, 2010

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: Learning How to Take Tests
5.  Teacher Talk
6.  Sign of the Times
7.  Staying in Touch

1. Quote

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Can you grieve the end of relationships that the students you had this past year have offered you? Will you refrain from beating yourself up because of some of the choices your students made? Will you celebrate your successes?
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3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a silver Toyota Tundra in Racine, WI:
Not Everything That Can Be Counted Counts

4. Article: Learning How to Take Tests

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Carmen Vasquez is a fourth-grader.  She attends a quality school, one where educators are proud of the high scores achieved by their students on state tests. Her school is continuously near the top when the regional newspaper ranks area school districts according to test achievement and publishes their rankings. Carmen's parents are pleased and believe that all is well with the increased emphasis on testing and accountability.
Carmen is educated in a "progressive" school system as described by the superintendant. The administrators and teachers take the testing program seriously. Grade-level goals and objectives are identified based on what is contained in the state tests. The tests drive the curriculum, and that curriculum is fiercely followed. What is on the test is what is taught. What is not on the test is essentially ignored.
Since the school leaders are invested in achieving high test scores, Carmen and her classmates receive much instruction in math, reading, and other basic skills that make up the crux of the state tests. In the weeks leading up to the all-important testing, much time is spent in test prepping. Teachers are expected to concentrate exclusively  on the skills covered on the tests during those weeks.
Carmen and her peers also receive instruction on how to take tests. If the tests ask for students to draw conclusions, teachers teach children a formula for reading a selection and drawing a conclusion. They then practice that skill and receive corrective feedback. If the test demands writing a summary, summarizing is stressed in the weeks leading up to the test.
Recently, Carmen was taught how to answer multiple-choice questions. "If you know the answer, put it down," she was told by her teacher. "If you don't know the answer, make an educated guess." An educated guess was explained this way: "There will usually be four choices on a multiple-choice question. One or two of the answers you will know are not correct, so eliminate those and guess among the other two that seem possible to you. In that way you will have more correct answers and create a better score for yourself." Her teacher and the others in that school did a thorough job helping students learn everything the teachers knew about the importance of tests and how to take them to achieve the best results possible.
On testing day, Carmen ate a healthy breakfast, as instructed by her teacher. She also made sure she had a good night's sleep so she was well rested for the important test. She took the test seriously and was happy that she knew the answers to many of the questions.
That night, Mr. Vasquez asked his daughter how she thought she did on the test. "Good," she said, "but I didn't know the answer to five of the questions so I left them blank." Surprised by her answer, Mr. Vasquez inquired, "Why did you leave them blank? Why didn't you guess?" Her answer revealed an intelligence not measured by the latest test and a more advanced understanding of the true meaning of testing than that demonstrated by the adults at her school. "If I had guessed," she told her father, "I might have gotten some of them right. Then Mrs. Jacobs would have thought I knew the answer. I left them blank so she would know which ones I really knew and which ones I didn't. That way she could help me learn the ones I didn't know."
Apparently, Carmen has some insights that could help educators learn about the real value of testing. Too bad she's just a kid.
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

Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children


5. Teacher Talk

"What are you trying to accomplish?"
"What do you want it to look like when you get done?"
"What would you be happy with?"
"What are you shooting for?"
"What is the exact outcome you want?"
Use the teacher talk above to help your students create mental models of what they are working toward. Asking questions of this nature helps them focus and create vision, mission, and detailed purpose in their lives.

6. Sign of the Times

From Mr. Mellow's gym wall in an unidentified high school:
You never get too old to play. You get old because you quit playing.

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.
Recent posts include:  
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B.) Facebook
Both Thomas B. 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
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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

By the Numbers
  1. 11,697 . . . the number of current subscribers to the Response-Able Educator Newsletter. Thank you for being part of our network. 
  2. 28 . . . the number of participants signed up for the Parent Talk System Training of Trainers in Ann Arbor, MI this July.  
  3. 40 . . . the percent of new teachers who are gone within five years of entering the profession. 
  4. 86.2 . . . the percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who experience harassment in one year, according to a National School Climate Survey. 
  5. 27 . . . the number of states that have outlawed corporal punishment in schools. 
  6. 440 - 399 BC . . . the years during which Socrates tested his students through conversations. There were no right and wrong answers. All answers led to more dialog.

Back to School Programs
"Motivating the Unmotivated"
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Call today to get your staff off to a great beginning of the new school year!
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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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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. 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. 31 - West Branch, MI.
Achievement Motivation and Behavior Management presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. West Branch Public Schools. For information contact Dave Walby at 989-343-2027 or email


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