Educator Newsletter #93

November 5, 2010

Welcome! This is a free educator newsletter offered to you by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller.

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: Step on It
5.  Teacher Talk
6.  The Facts

1. Quote

"If (the teacher) is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind." 
Kahlil Gibran

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

There is some student who needs you to look at them today and think, "I know there is something exciting in there." Do you know who that student is? They are revealing themselves to you in this moment. Do you see it?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a white Mercury Mariner in Tuscon, AZ:
Life without Geometry
Is Pointless

4. Article: REFRAME

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Twenty-four art students sat waiting for the teacher to begin the first day of instruction in drawing class. The teacher, in a northern New York high school, introduced himself and briefly told the students what they could expect during the semester. With the expectations clearly communicated, he then did the unexpected.
The art educator passed out a blank sheet of drawing paper to all the students. Pencils ready, they waited to receive their first assignment. They were in for a surprise. "Stand up, please," this teacher instructed. The students complied. "Now, put your paper on the floor in front of you," he continued. More than one quizzical look came from students as they slowly followed his directions.
When all students were standing with a blank paper on the floor in front of them, the teacher continued with his instructions. "Now step on it," he said. More puzzled looks followed. "I mean it," he continued. "Step on it. I want you to walk on your paper. In fact, I want you to stomp on it. Jump on it if you want to."
Some students eagerly complied. Others were hesitant. Eventually, all students stepped on their papers, leaving shoe marks of various sizes and shapes on their previously clean sheets.
"Now turn the paper over," this teacher suggested, "and do the same on the other side. Leave some marks." The students did as instructed, not fully understanding what was going on. If nothing else, this teacher now had everyone's attention.
"Sit back down now," the teacher suggested when students had successfully scuffed up both sides of their papers. "Now draw on it. And whatever you do, don't throw it away. I want you to make something out of it."
Many students were uncertain about the directions and hesitated to add pencil to the papers with shoe marks on them. The teacher explained, "You are going to make some mistakes this semester. You might even think you have ruined some things. Mistakes can be used to make beautiful creations. Do not start over. Work with your mistakes. Make something beautiful out of your messes."
"Some of your best art can come from your mistakes. See those mistakes as opportunities to create something different. If somebody walks on your paper, use that to create art. If you slip and make something the wrong color, turn it into the right color by turning it into an original creation."
"Now, let's get to drawing." With that, this teacher clapped his hands twice and said, "Come on, let's see what you can do. Step on it."
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the coauthors 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

"And what do you think about that, Miss Wilson?" the teacher asked a student who was obviously not paying attention. This was the teacher's best effort to communicate the importance of paying attention. His best effort was not good enough.
This type of Teacher Talk takes everyone's attention off the task at hand and gives it to the person not paying attention. Now all students are focused off task. In addition, this attempt to publicly embarrass a student often elicits a defensive or silly reaction. Continued silence or resentment are other undesirable outcomes.
As an alternative, use proximity behavior. Walk toward the student and stand close to her as you continue to teach. If her behavior does not change, tell her quietly and privately what you expect. Or say respectfully, "Please make a different choice."

6. The Facts

From a recent study by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum:
A.) Americans know more about the Simpsons than they do about the First Amendment.
B.) Less than 1 percent of the respondents could identify the five protected rights.
C.) More than half can name at least two of the Simpson cartoon family.
D.) Twenty percent could name Bart and Homer and the other three members of the Simpson family.
E.) More people can name the American Idol judges than can identify three First Amendment rights.
F.)  The right to own pets was cited by 21 percent of the respondents.
G.) Seventeen percent thought the right to drive a car was included in the First Amendment.
H.) Thirty-eight percent thought "taking the fifth" was part of the First Amendment.
Is it time for more civics? Should we put a greater emphasis on the government classes that most high schools already require? Heck no. The solution is obvious. Get the Simpsons to run some episodes on the First Amendment.

Chick Moorman

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


Thomas Haller

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Back Issues
Want to read some back issues of our educator newsletter? This is number ninety-two. All ninety-one of the previous newsletters can be found in the archives.

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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