Educator Newsletter #95

January 24, 2011

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: Ask Me
5.  Give Me the Facts Before I Fall Asleep
6.  Practical Strategies for Managing Angry, Aggressive and Impulsive Students


1. Quote

"We agree that math and reading skills are important to citizens. So is the study of history, the ability to create a reasoned argument, the arts, research skills, the list goes on. An education system, a system of public schools, must not narrow itself to the lowest common denominator of improving test scores in the so-called basics if it is to be worthy of the democracy it serves. Rather, it must cultivate in all our children the habits of heart and mind that make democratic life possible. Anything less is a betrayal of our commitment to be a nation of, for, and by the people."
 
George Wood (director), The Forum for Education & Democracy


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Where do you see confusion today? Can you teach with confusion, through confusion, to confusion? For learning to take place, would confusion or knowing be a better place to begin? Does your teaching reflect your answer to that question?
 
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3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a green Dodge Avenger in Pittsburgh, PA:
 
Math illiteracy affects
7 out of every 5 people.


4. Article: Ask Me

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
Jaunita Calderone teaches third grade in a suburban elementary school in the Southwest. She shared the following story with us at a recent workshop we conducted.
 
For the past three years, Jaunita, in an effort to connect with her students and share her humanness, has used a strategy she devised and termed, Ask Me. Ask Me was implemented the last ten minutes of every day after the room was cleaned up and before the buses arrived. It was time set aside for students to interview her, press conference–style. Students could ask her any question. If she chose not to answer a question, she told them why.
 
Students' questions were basic at first.
  • Do you have any brothers and sisters?
  • How old are you?
  • Do you have any pets? 
As the trust level grew between the teacher and her students, so did the depth of the questions. 
  • Did you always want to be a teacher?
  • Do you tell other people about us sometimes?
  • Do you like being you?
  • Are you afraid of anything?
The exercise helped Jaunita and her students become genuine with one another. It helped dissolve the artificial walls that sometimes exist between teacher and students and fostered mutual respect. Both the children and the teacher took Ask Me seriously and looked forward to it.
 
One day an eight-year-old girl asked, "Mrs. Calderone, do you love us boys and girls?" The teacher never hesitated. "Of course I do," she replied. "I love you all like crazy. You're in my heart when you're in class. My heart is filled with love for you when I'm at home. And my heart looks forward to coming to school and seeing you each school day. My heart is bursting with love for all of you!"
 
The young girl thought a moment and then asked, "How come your heart doesn't tell your face?"
 
Jaunita told us she was stunned by that innocent question. She didn't know what to make of it. She muttered some response that didn't really answer the girl's question and was relieved when the bell rang, signaling time to line up for dismissal.
 
Later that night, with the listening skill of her husband and his gentle confrontation, Jaunita got the feedback she needed to help her understand the message underneath the puzzling question. The helpful bit of data he offered her was simple: she didn't smile much. She certainly didn’t smile as much as she thought she did. As her husband described it, she would be good at poker because she had a face that didn't reveal much emotion. He called it poker-faced. Good for playing poker, but not always helpful when trying to communicate warmth to third-graders.
 
Filled with new information and determination, Jaunita set out to "have her heart tell her face" that she loved teaching and she loved children. She smiled consciously twenty times a day and marked them in her plan book. Her smiles were broad and left no doubt about what was in her heart. Jaunita liked the way she felt when she chose to smile with purpose and conviction. And she loved the smiles she got in return.
 
Jaunita's smiles come more frequently and unconsciously now. She has even stopped recording them in her plan book. What once was a purposeful decision to smile has turned into a natural occurrence. Because of Ask Me, the trust that developed over time, and a little girl’s question, Jaunita Calderone is all smiles.
 
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: www.chickmoorman.com and www.thomashaller.com


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5. Give Me the Facts Before I Fall Asleep

A. Only 20 percent of teens get the recommended 9 hours of sleep on school nights.
 
B. 28 percent of high school students report they fall asleep in class at least once a week.
 
C. 14 percent arrive late or miss school because they overslept.
 
D. More than half of adolescent drivers—51 percent—have driven while drowsy during the past year.
 
E. 28 percent of adolescents say they are too tired to exercise.
 
F. 97 percent of all youngsters report they have at least one electronic item in their bedroom such as a television, computer or music player.
 
G. Adolescents with 4 or more electronic items in their bedroom are much more likely than their peers to get an inadequate amount of sleep.
 
Source: National Center for Sleep Disorders, National Institute of Health


6. PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING ANGRY, AGGRESSIVE AND IMPLUSIVE STUDENTS

Noticing an increase in aggression, anger or violence at your school? If so, consider the following seminar by Thomas Haller.
 
The angry and aggressive behavior of one student affects the learning potential of all. Teachers, regardless of level of training, are expected to know how to manage students' aggression and reduce angry impulses in order to foster a positive learning environment. Not all staff have the skills or the expertise to do that.
 
That's where Thomas Haller's exciting workshop is of benefit. Thomas has been working closely with educators, administrators, parents and children for over twenty years providing practical, easy-to-implement strategies for managing anger and transforming aggression. Now there is a workshop that takes what he has learned and places it in the hands of the people on the front lines so they can put it to use immediately.
 
This seminar focuses on three areas: Prevention, Intervention and Restitution. You and your staff will come away from this meaningful seminar day with an array of practical, usable techniques for reducing power struggles, establishing accountability, and creating an environment that promotes learning. In addition, you will receive a resource handbook packed with charts, diagrams, activities and questions that are designed to help teachers, administrators and school personnel understand anger, the types of aggression, and the keys to transforming aggression into healthy self-esteem and assertiveness.
 
Do you want to develop the essential skills needed to work with angry, aggressive and impulsive students?  Would it be helpful to know what part of the brain an aggressive student is using and learn helpful strategies to move him/her quickly to an area of the brain that is conducive to problem solving? Thomas Haller can help you do that as well as learn how to implement the Dynamic Discipline Equation and utilize effective verbal skills for behavior management in the classroom.
 
Call today to set up this important workshop for your staff. Free parent program included. Contact Thomas at 989-686-5356 or e-mail thomas@thomashaller.com.


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Thomas Haller

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989-686-5356
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Schedule
Jan. 24 - New Orleans, LA.
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.
 
Jan. 24 - Bay City, MI.
The Six Best Parenting Strategies Ever presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm. MacAlear-Sawden Elementary, 2300 E. Midland Rd. To register call 989-684-7702.
 
Jan. 25 - Houston, TX.
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.
 
Jan. 26 - San Antonio, TX.
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.
 
Jan. 27 - Austin, TX.
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.
 
Jan. 28 - El Paso, TX.
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.
 
Feb. 5 - Sparta, WI.
Keynote and Concurrent Sessions presented by Chick Moorman. Lakeview Montessori Spring Conference, Fairfield Inn, Weston, WI. For information contact Nancy Schaitel at 608-343-0088 or email nschaitel@centurytel.net.
 
Feb. 7- Nashville, TN.
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.
 
Feb. 8 - Knoxville, TN.
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.
 
Feb. 9 - Atlanta, GA.
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.
 
Feb. 10 - St. Louis, MO.
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.
 
Feb. 10 - Grand Blanc, MI.
Reducing Aggression in Children presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Grand Blanc High School East Auditorium, 12500 Jolly Rd.
 
Feb. 11 - Springfield, MO.
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.

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