Educator Newsletter #99

June 30, 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: Grandmother's Eyes
5.  Teacher Talk Tip: Ten Things to Say to Yourself This Summer
6.  Under Construction

1. Quote

"The inferior teacher tells you there is something wrong with you and offers to fix it. The superior teacher tells you there is something right with you and helps you bring it forth."
Alan Cohen 

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What event is calling you today to be bigger than you have been before? Can you expand your vision of yourself to rise to meet this occasion? Who is in charge of how big you are anyway?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a blue Ford Pinto in Cave Creek, AZ: 
The probability you just read this is 1.

4. Article: Grandmother's Eyes

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Grandma lives in Arizona. Her grandkids live in Illinois. So every time Grandma sees them, which is usually once a year, she exclaims, "My, have you grown. Just look at how tall you are."
Growth of her grandchildren appears to Grandma as a big spurt. The parents and the children don't see the growth the same way.
Parents see their children every day and therefore don't see the physical growth as a spurt at all. The children look in the mirror frequently and see no change from day to day. Because parents and children are together frequently, they do not see growth through grandmother's eyes. They're too close to the situation to be conscious of the dramatic change that is gradually taking place.
Cathy Smithson, a fifth-grade teacher from the Midwest, understands the concept of grandmother's eyes. She also understands its importance. So this past school year she gave her students several opportunities to see themselves with grandmother's eyes.
She began by collecting examples of each student's penmanship at the beginning of the year and placing them in individual portfolios. She added to the collection students' early papers showing their efforts with long division. The portfolios also included a pretest on social studies chapter terms, an audio recording of each child reading, and various other examples of early-fifth-grade work.
At the end of the school year Cathy assigned a penmanship lesson. At the conclusion of the activity she produced the early penmanship samples she had saved, passed them out to each student, and asked her students to compare them. The fifth graders were stunned. Comments they made included:
"I used to write like a baby."
"I'm so much neater now."
"I can hardly read what I wrote before."
"I sure have improved."
Cathy's students were beginning to see their progress through grandmother's eyes. And this aware teacher had more surprises in store for them.
Two days later she had students complete a long-division assignment that appeared easy to them all. She then produced the long-division work they had done several months prior. Their reactions?
"I used to think this was so hard."
"The first time I got half of them wrong."
"I get it now."
"Boy, did I learn a lot this year!"
Cathy followed the same procedure with the other items in the student portfolios.  When they read a passage from their reading material and then heard the audio recordings of themselves reading the same material earlier in the year their reactions were dramatic.
"Some of them listened with their mouths open," Cathy reported. "I could see the surprised look on their faces. The improvement they had made in a year was obvious to them. They were all smiling and looking proud."
Cathy Smithson showed students exactly what they had learned and how much they had grown academically. She provided visual and auditory proof of their achievements. By giving them end-of-the-year experiences of seeing with grandmother’s eyes, she helped them leave fifth grade feeling tall in their own eyes. 
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: Ten Things to Say to Yourself This Summer

  • I am grateful for the opportunity I had to work with those students.
  • I intend to take care of myself this summer with rest, relaxation, and exercise.
  • I intend to come back better and more skillful than ever in my professional practice.
  • I do not allow any politician to define my worth as a teacher or as a human being.
  • I give up this past year’s burdens so I can move forward without them.
  • I remember that I alone decide what anything means to me.
  • I always have more choices than I think I have.
  • What is over is over.
  • I choose to be good to myself.
  • My smile is transformational.

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

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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.

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.
Aug. 12 - San Antonio, TX.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. John F. Kennedy High School. For information contact Shane Hubbard at
Aug. 15 - Irvington, IL.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Irvington Public School. For information contact Dave Fults at 618-249-6439 or email
Aug. 24 - Waterbury, CT.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Holy Cross High School. For information contact Andrea Rodriguez at


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