Educator Newsletter #101

September 29, 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: Avoiding the Right/Wrong Game When Implementing Consequences
5. Teacher Talk Tip: Words that Trigger Confrontation
6. Under Construction


1. Quote

"Merit pay is a signal to the universe that decision makers are not up to speed on what drives people to succeed."
 
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Is there something that feels or appears frantic to you today? What if you responded by not responding? What if you replaced action with quiet noticing?
 
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.          

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3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a white Ford truck in Abbortsford, BC, Canada:
 
May the F=ma be with you.


4. Article: Avoiding the Right/Wrong Game When Implementing Consequences

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
  • Your classroom discipline system has been well thought out over the summer months.
  • You have it structured around the Dynamic Discipline Equation, Opportunity Equals Responsibility (See The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need.)
  • You have double-checked to make sure your consequences are related and reasonable.
  • You have used the Teacher Talk words choose, decide, and pick on both ends of your verbal communication.
You are now ready to implement. Everything is in order. There is no way this discipline system can fail. You are primed for success.
 
But wait! There is one more thing to think about here. It is important to make sure you avoid the right/wrong game when implementing consequences. To avoid that trap, simply refuse to make your students right or wrong during the process.
  • If Arturo forgot his library book, don't make him wrong. Don’t make him forgetful, lazy, bad, or frustrating. Just make him someone who has chosen not to take out new library books today.
  • If Connie turned in enough papers to demonstrate learning that fell in the D range, make her a person who gets a D. Don't make her lazy, a procrastinator, or wrong. Since she is someone who chose a D, do make her someone who receives a D.
  • If Jasmine makes obscene gestures to pedestrians while riding the school bus, make her someone who does not get to ride the bus for a week. It is not necessary to make her wrong. You also don’t have to make her disgusting, thoughtless, rude, or belligerent. Just make her someone who needs to find another way to school for a week.
We create a lot of problems for ourselves as educators when we make students wrong for their actions. Think about the last time someone made you wrong for something. Remember it. Can you hear it? Can you feel it? There is a good chance you wanted to be right in that instance. Wanting to be right is a natural tendency.
 
To be right about something, the mind needs a subject to be right about and someone to be in the wrong. Think of the last time you were right. There is a good chance someone else was wrong. When we make ourselves right, we simultaneously make someone else wrong. When we make anyone else wrong, they in turn want to be right. They can only do this by making us wrong.
 
For example, if you have a troublemaker in your class and you make that student wrong, he or she will immediately want to be right. That would be okay, except that when a troublemaker wants to be right, he or she has to make you wrong. The only way a troublemaker knows to make you wrong is to make more trouble! Then you get after the troublemaker for making more trouble and he or she thinks, "She's picking on me," "He's mean," or "She's not fair." So in the troublemaker’s mind, you're wrong and he or she is right.
 
By definition, when you make someone else wrong for something, you are creating sides, and the other side will seek to make you wrong. So if you make students wrong, you are personally creating the other side of the issue. If you make troublemakers wrong for being troublemakers, they will take sides against you and make more trouble. You are asking for it. You become the source of your own persecution.
 
While we don't want you to make students wrong for their actions, we definitely want you to hold them accountable for their actions. The way to hold people accountable is by implementing the consequence.
 
To make sure you don't activate the right/wrong game, separate the deed from the doer.
  • "I see you two are choosing not to sit by each other. Just because I like you both doesn't mean you get to sit by each other."
  • "Bonita, I hope you can find another way to get to school for a week. I like having you here. When you choose that behavior you choose not to ride the bus for a while."
  • "Rusty, I hope you choose a different behavior when you come back from the Responsibility Room. I look forward to seeing your plan. In the meantime, I will miss your smile."
Help students become aware that you see them as more than their behavior. Let your words reflect the belief that they are much more than their actions. They are developing human beings full of spirit and potential. They will have a better chance of reaching that potential if you refrain from making them wrong.
 
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: www.chickmoorman.com and www.thomashaller.com


Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children

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5. Teacher Talk Tip: Words that Trigger Confrontation

"I told you to . . ."
 
"How many times do I have to tell you?"
 
"You should . . ."
 
"Do you know where your seat is?"
 
"Do you think you are the teacher here, Mr. Whitcomb?"
 
"If you two don't stop talking, the whole room will lose recess minutes."
 
"Nobody wants to hear your whining."
 
"Don't you ever listen?"
 
"I'm right about this."
 
"Do you want a detention?"


6. Under Construction

Coming soon:
 
A.) The Watch Keeper, the latest book by young author Reese Haller. This sci-fi novel contains important messages about bullying, violence, and community. Appropriate for middle-school and high-school students.
 
B.) Teacher Talk Essentials: The Five Voices of Effective Teaching, to be published in five months.


Chick Moorman

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

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Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at:
 
989-686-5356
www.facebook.com/thomas.b.haller

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Copyright

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Product of the Month
THE SPIRIT WHISPERER BOOK STUDY KIT IS NOW AVAILABLE
 
This important kit includes:
 
1.  A hardback copy of Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child’s Spirit. This best-selling book from Personal Power Press is the staple for educators who desire to become the teacher they always wanted to be.
 
2.  A copy of the Spirit Whisperers workbook. This 34-page manual includes questions, quizzes, and opportunities to personalize the material presented in Spirit Whisperers. It can serve as the foundation and organizational structure for your book study group or individual professional development effort.
 
3.  Spirit Whisperers in Action, an e-book with 77 stories of Spirit Whisperers modeling helpful techniques, inspiring attitudes, and Spirit Whisperer energy. These stories of real teachers working with real students in real schools are instructive, invigorating, and motivational.
 
4.  7 audio recordings by author Chick Moorman introducing each section of the book study kit, posing questions, suggesting discussion topics, and giving clarifying information. Audios range from 20 to 35 minutes in length and are created to help you hear new insights directly from the author.
 
5.  180 Spirit Whisperer Contemplations that will be sent to you at the rate of one per school day. These are short, thought-provoking questions intended to be a daily voice to remind you to celebrate the human side of teaching and put Spirit Whisperer energy to use in your classroom today.
 
 
What are my choices of what to order?
 
You have 3 choices of how to get involved with the Spirit Whisperers book study.
 
1.  A building level kit for your entire staff or book study group.
 
2.  An individual kit just for yourself.
 
3.  An individual kit minus the Spirit Whisperers book (for people who already have Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child's Spirit).
 
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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.
  
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Schedule
Oct. 4 - Okemos, MI.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Okemos Public Montessori School at Central. For information contact Christine Batora at 517-706-5425 or email christine.batora@okemosschools.net.
 
Oct. 6 - Saskatoon, Canada.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Saskatoon Public Schools. For information contact Mark Wilderman at WildermanM@spsd.sk.ca.
 
Oct. 6 - Saskatoon, Canada.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Saskatoon Public Schools. For information contact Mark Wilderman at WildermanM@spsd.sk.ca.
 
Oct. 7 - Saskatoon, Canada.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 - 12:00 pm. Saskatoon Public Schools. For information contact Mark Wilderman at WildermanM@spsd.sk.ca.
 
Oct. 19 - Holt, MI.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 10:00 am. Holt Middle School. For information
contact Marshall Perkins at 517-699-3432 or email mperkins@hpsk12.net.
 
Oct. 19 - Holt, MI.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Holt Elementary School. For information contact Marshall Perkins at 517-699-3432 or email mperkins@hpsk12.net.
 
Oct. 19 - Holt, MI.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Holt Public Schools. For information contact Marshall Perkins at 517-699-3432 or email mperkins@hpsk12.net.
 
Oct. 25 - Racine, WI.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Racine Public School. For information contact Karen Cooms at kecoombs@yahoo.com.
 
Nov. 2 - Midland, MI.
How to Get Your Kids to Do Homework Without Having a Nervous Breakdown Yourself presented by Thomas Haller, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Midland Reformed Church. For more information contact Jill at jillforkids@aim.com. Click here for flyer.

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