Educator Newsletter #98

June 2, 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: Shake It Off: Lesson from the Ducks
5.  Teacher Talk Tip
6.  Under Construction 

1. Quote

"Whatever the intellectual quality of the education given our children, it is vital that it include elements of love and compassion, for nothing guarantees that knowledge alone will be truly useful to human beings. Among the major troublemakers society has known, many were well educated and had great knowledge, but they lacked a moral education in qualities such as compassion, wisdom, and clarity of vision."
Dalai Lama

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

The teachers who enter our lives come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They wear different clothes and offer different lessons. Could one of them be sitting in front of you today? Perhaps she is "in your face" and crying for attention. Maybe he is attempting to go unnoticed. Do you recognize your teacher?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a green Chevy Nova in St. Joseph, MI: 
If you are not part of the SOLUTION,
You are part of the PRECIPITATE.

4. Article: Shake It Off: Lessons from the Ducks

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Ducks don't hold grudges. They don't feel bad for the rest of the day if one incident does not go the way they would prefer. They do not hang on to perceived grievances.
If a duck got too close to another duck, they might have a quick squabble. Then they would be done with it. Both ducks would paddle away, shake their bodies, flap their wings, and shake it off. They would then glide softly around the pond as if nothing had happened.
Maggie Betencourt, a first-grade teacher on the West Coast, helped her students experience the "shake it off" lesson recently. "My students get really upset if they don't do well on a test," she told us. "They don't realize that they are creating that upset themselves. I used the lesson from the ducks when my students took a pretest on short vowels. First-graders have a difficult time distinguishing between the various vowel sounds."
When Mary's students checked their own pretests, they found that they made a lot of mistakes. It didn't matter to them that it was just a pretest. They were upset. That's when Mary jumped in with the Shake It Off technique.
Mary went around to each student and taped the test to his or her clothing. She then told them to "shake it off." Students looked at their teacher with puzzled expressions, but Mary insisted. A few of her students began wiggling their bodies, trying to shake off the papers. Soon, all the students were jumping and turning and shaking all over. Once everyone completed the task of "shaking it off," Mary led a class discussion.
"They all felt better," she informed us. "They realized the pretest was not a big deal. And they were able to review the necessary vowel sounds with less stress. I think on some level the children realized they could get rid of their own stress."
Mary reported that her students wanted to know when they could do the "shake it off" activity again. So she discussed with them other things they could shake off in their lives. Some of their suggestions included arguments, sloppy papers, and a bad morning at home.
"Shake it off worked well with my class," Mary said, "but it got them wound up for a little while. That's OK, though," she informed us. "First-graders need to have fun and move their bodies."
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 the newsletters 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 Tip

"I'm sad that happened. If anyone can handle it, you can."
Wilson Alverez, a tenth-grader, forgot to wear his white shirt and black pants on the day of the choir concert. In the past, students without proper dress had not been able to participate. Wilson went immediately to the choir director and explained his problem. That's when Wilson heard these words from his teacher: "I'm sad that happened. If anyone can handle it, you can."
The words that came out of the teacher's mouth in this situation were, "I'm sad that happened. If anyone can handle it, you can." Yet, the real messages those words communicated went far beyond what was spoken. The implied and silent messages included:
I feel empathy for you.
This is your problem.
I believe in your ability to handle it.
I know you can cope, whatever you decide.
I see you as a solution seeker.
I will allow you to experience the outcome you created.
I will not rescue, save, bail you out, or give you one more last
I care enough to hold you accountable.
I have the same rules for all.
You are not a bad person.
Learning how to deal with mistakes is as important as learning the lyrics.
I know you can think for yourself.

6. Under Construction

Coming soon:
A.)  A Spirit Whisperer Book Study package. The offer will include a book, study guide, e-book of Spirit Whisperer stories, and access to audio information from Chick Moorman.
Packages will be available for individuals and book study groups.
Watch this space.
B.)  Teacher Talk Essentials: The Five Voices of Effective Teaching, to be published in six months.
Send us some encouragement. Thank you.

Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at:
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at:



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A Blast from the Past
One of our most often requested articles is "I Didn't Get to Him." Is there a student you couldn’t reach this year—one that no matter what you did, nothing seemed to work? Then this article is for you!

Product of the Month
Teacher Talk: What It Really Means by Chick Moorman and Nancy Weber
Paperback book, 138 pages ($15.00)
Teacher Talk explores the way teachers talk to children and exposes the underlying "silent messages" that accompany their spoken words. It details teachers' talk—the comments, questions, commands, and suggestions that teachers direct at students every day—and reveals ways to strengthen typical language patterns. By selecting words and phrases intentionally, you can empower your students and enhance their learning. These verbal-skill strategies can be used to dramatically increase achievement and manage behavior. This book will increase your communication skills and add fun and adventure to the important challenge of teaching.

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

June 13 - 15 - Sedona, AZ.
Parent Talk System Training of Trainers presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Keep Sedona Beautiful. For information contact Chick at Click here to register online.
June 18 - Mukwonago, WI.
Verbal Skills for Camp Counselors presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Beber Camp For information contact Becky Altman at 847-677-7130 or email
June 20 - Joliet, IL.
Motivating the Unmotivated Ethically presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Advantage Discipline. For information contact Sarah Knapp at
June 22 - Racine, WI.
Motivating the Unmotivated 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.
Motivating the Unmotivated 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 25 - Grand Rapids, MI.
Motivating the Unmotivated Ethically presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Advantage Discipline. For information contact Sarah Knapp at
July 27 - 29 - Ann Arbor, MI.
Parent Talk System Training of Trainers presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites. For information contact Chick at Click here to register online.


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