Response-Able Educator Newsletter #91

August 10, 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: The Myth of the Glass Head
5.  Teacher Talk
6.  Just Asking
7.  What's New on the Uncommon Parenting Blog

1. Quote

"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
Diane Ackerman

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if the main purpose of education was the creation of who and what we are as human beings? What if math, science, history, and language arts only exist to give us a field to play on while the creation of who we are takes place?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a white pop-up trailer in Munising, MI:
Less Bombs
More Art Supplies


Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Do you live with or work with psychics? Probably not. Most of us don’t. Yet, many people act as if they do.
Take the school secretary we met at a retreat seminar awhile back. This woman was mad for an entire school year because a new teacher frequently parked in her parking spot. Bear in mind that this was an unmarked parking spot. There were no names attached to any of the parking spots in the school lot. All the other school staff knew which spot was hers. They had worked in the building long enough to understand the tradition that had been firmly established concerning her spot. The new teacher did not.
The secretary never told the new teacher about her parking spot. Instead, she smoldered and hung on to her resentment for most of the year. She simply suffered silently, holding him responsible for his actions. All he knew is what he sensed, that there was an undercurrent of discontent in the building and it was somehow related to him.
During the retreat, the problem surfaced when the woman verbalized her resentment. The new teacher was understandably surprised. When someone asked the secretary why she never told him, she replied, "He should have known." He should have known is taking an unself-responsible life stance. It is employing the myth of the glass head.
With the myth of the glass head, you get to hang onto your wants without verbalizing them and then resent it if the other person doesn't figure them out. You get mad if they don't read your mind. You then get to see the other person as responsible for your unhappiness, thus making it possible for you to be in the role of victim. That way you can blame, resent, and persecute, knowing that you are right. That attitude will put you squarely in the group of millions of other people who live their lives without taking responsibility for what they have created.
Thoughts that signal that you might be caught up in the myth of the glass head include:
"If she loved me, she’d know."
"Can't these students see how irritated I am?"
"My administrator ought to be able to tell what I feel. Is she blind?"
"The parents of these students have no idea what I do on this job."
"Well, if you don't know, I'm not going to tell you."
Look, it's pretty simple, really. If your administrator doesn't know what you do, tell her. You are the one who is responsible for your administrator knowing or not knowing what you do. No one can see inside your head. There is no pane of glass that people can see through and know immediately what you are thinking. Drop the myth of the glass head this school year. Take responsibility, and join the growing number of professional educators who are choosing to live and teach without activating glass-head thinking and behaving.
If they don't know, tell them. If you don't know, ask. If you desire a different behavior, let it be known. Speak up and model open, honest communication for your students and colleagues.
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

The Colleague Connection
Having trouble connecting with the teacher across the hall? Want to begin to mend the relationship and create some connectedness this year? Ask their opinion more often.
Yes, ask their opinion about a student, a teaching technique, a hairstyle, or a movie. You don't have to use their idea or suggestion. You just have to elicit it. People feel close to people who seek their opinion. It brings them closer together.
Listen. Be interested enough to listen to that teacher if she ever begins to talk to you. If you say "But . . ." before she finishes her first sentence, she will stop talking, stop giving you ideas, and stop cooperating.
Early in the coming school year, for one day, see if you can go the full day without adding a caution, suggestion, or addition to a colleague's idea. Just listen. If you disagree and are pushed for a response, tell him or her, "I want to think about that for a while."
Keep track of what you hear and observe and how you are treated. Decide for yourself whether or not to do it again for one day the following week.

6. Just Asking

  1. Shouldn't we know how basing teacher pay on test scores will affect teacher morale before we implement it?
  2. How will basing teacher pay on test scores influence teacher recruitment?
  3. Are legislators paid on the basis of the results of the laws they help pass?
  4. Has anybody checked into how much all the new tests will cost?
  5. Has anyone been up-front with parents about what else could be done with the money we invest in testing?
  6. How will basing teacher pay on test scores affect teacher collaboration?
  7. Who will lose money because students' scores drop over the summer months?
  8. Who evaluates the evaluators? Is their pay based on it?
  9. Wouldn't it be better to know the answer to these questions before we make any major decisions about merit pay?
  10. Or should we just go ahead and do it anyway, hoping for the best?

7. What's New on the Uncommon Parenting Blog?

Recent posts include:  
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Chick Moorman

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1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)


Thomas Haller

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Back to School Programs
"Motivating the Unmotivated"
"Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers"
Call today to get your staff off to a great beginning of the new school year!
Call 989-643-5059.

Featured Presentation
With Thomas Haller
September and October dates available!
Call 989-686-5356.
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.
To bring this inspirational assembly to your school, contact Thomas at or call 989-686-5356.

In democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

Product of the Month

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

Featuring Chick Moorman
Audio Seminar ($95.00)
Chick Moorman shares successful techniques for teaching 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.
Includes four compact disks and a Comprehensive Resource Handbook.

The Responsibility Room
We have had many requests from educators wanting to hear more about the Responsibility Room and what to have students do there. So, here you go. Check out these ideas.

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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. 24 - Lackawanna. NY
Motivating for Student Achievement and Responsibility presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Global Concepts Charter School. For information contact Dave Ehrle at
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
Sept. 2 - Beacon Falls, CT. Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Region 16, Woodland Regional High School Auditorium. For information contact Lynn Cox at 203-758-6671 or email
Sept. 3 - Beacon Falls, CT. Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Region 16, Woodland Regional High School Auditorium. For information contact Lynn Cox at 203-758-6671 or email
Sept. 9 - Dearborn, MI
Pyramid of Responsibility Assembly presented by Thomas Haller, Sacred Heart Middle School.


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