Educator Newsletter #102

November 13, 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: 10 Reasons to Teach for Emotional Intelligence
5. Teacher Talk Tip: "What a silly mistake that was."
6. New Prepublication Offer


1. Quote

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have."
 
Lee Iococca
 
Is it just us or does this quote give you reason to pause? Hello, Lee. Here is a news flash for you. The best of us have become teachers, and the rest apparently have settled for something less.


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if the way to change this student is not to change their thinking, but rather to change your own? Are there new thoughts you can think about this student that would be more invitational? More nurturing? More loving?
 
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 green Chevy Blazer in Holt, MI:
 
Warning: Armed with Equations of Math Instruction


4. Article: 10 Reasons to Teach for Emotional Intelligence

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
Emotional intelligence is not often valued in today's educational world. Do the principles of emotional intelligence appear on achievement tests? Do teachers have to show competency in emotional intelligence before they get a license to teach? Is emotional intelligence distributed throughout the common standards? No matter where you teach, "Yes" is not the likely answer to any of these questions.
 
Let's face it. Emotional intelligence is often neglected in order to spend more time on the important things the test makers have decided reveal whether an educational institution is a quality school or not. Neglecting emotional intelligence in favor of more popular goals might just be a mistake. Consider the top 10 reasons for increasing students' emotional intelligence.
 
1.  Emotional intelligence, the ability to recognize, express, and manage our emotions appropriately, forms the base for learning and making decisions. It is the foundation on which the important skills of reading, math, and writing are built. 
 
2.  Daniel Goldman, author of the book Emotional Intelligence, has found that achievement in academics improves by 12-15 percent in students who learn important emotional skills.
 
3.  When a student's brain is distracted by emotions, the child has trouble taking in new information. As a result, his or her cognitive ability to think critically and resolve conflict is compromised.
 
4.  Students do not learn emotional intelligence at home when parents make comments like "You're okay," "That's nothing to feel bad about," or "Knock it off or I'll give you something to feel bad about." These and similar messages teach children to hide or numb their feelings. This important personal feedback system simply gets socialized out of children at an early age.
 
5.  If students learned to handle their emotions appropriately, it would alleviate many of the behavioral problems that schools deal with daily. Bullying, fighting, teasing, put-downs, attention seeking, and other dysfunctional behaviors have an emotional component. Strengthen students’ ability to handle those challenges and fewer behavior problems will occur. 
 
6.  Teaching for emotional intelligence is reality based. Everyone has problems. Everyone faces difficulties. These circumstances are real in the lives of students. To ignore them is to turn a blind eye to the reality that these students live with every day. It is an effort to pretend they do not exist. They do exist. 
 
7.  Having and using emotional intelligence is empowering. It gives students more choices when they're confronted with problems. It equips them with greater response-ability—the ability to respond appropriately and effectively to the circumstances of their lives.
 
8.  Self-management increases when students have the skills necessary to manage their own lives. They can then behave more self-responsibly and are increasingly able to skillfully handle the situations they encounter. 
 
9.  School and the activities students are presented with there are much more rational than emotional. The schooling that children get today is essentially filled with left-brain activities. Students need a balance of left-brain and right-brain experiences to be well rounded.
 
10.  Emotional muscles atrophy if they are not used regularly. It is important to exercise your emotional apparatus to keep it working properly. Since emotions underlie everything we do, wouldn’t it be wise to keep those muscles tuned up and ready for action?
 
It appears to us that more children are angry than ever before and that their anger is increasing in strength and intensity. If you agree, it is clearly time to get our collective heads out of the sand and stop pretending that strong emotion in young people is not occurring. Isn't it past time to make emotional intelligence an integral part of the curriculum?
 
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: "What a silly mistake that was."

A middle-school science teacher, when informed of a mistake, confessed to the class, "What a silly mistake that was!" His intention was to show his humanness by making fun of himself.
 
Laughing at yourself is one thing and can be used effectively on occasion. But making fun of yourself can easily backfire and be misinterpreted by students. By ridiculing himself, this teacher inadvertently informed the class that mistakes are silly and if you make them in this classroom ridicule could follow. Many youngsters could come away believing that people who make mistakes in this classroom will be made fun of.


6. New Prepublication Offer

NOW for the first time . . . A book that examines the issue of school bullying through the eyes of a young teen. The Watch Keeper, the latest book by young author Reese Haller, is now at the printers.
 
Don't miss:
  • An epic battle.
  • An unsuspecting hero.
  • A vital message of anti-bullying.
Fifteen-year-old Reese Haller, one of the youngest award-winning published writers in America, has written a fast-paced sci-fi adventure novel that conveys profound messages about bullying, violence, and community. Appropriate for middle-school and high-school students.
 
This pre-publication sale gives you the opportunity to purchase this timely book, while it is being printed, as part of a special package.
 
This exclusive offer is only for our private newsletter subscribers . . . YOU! It is available only until December 5, when it arrives in our warehouse from the printer.
 
 
Click here to access The Watch Keeper website.

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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

Copyright 2011 Chick Moorman Seminars and Thomas Haller Seminars, all rights reserved. Share this with your circle.
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Jump start the New Year with one of these exciting and skill-oriented programs for your staff.
1.  Practical Strategies for Managing Angry, Aggressive and Impulsive Students with Thomas Haller
  • Highly practical strategies for working effectively with angry, aggressive and impulsive students.
  • Critical skills for reducing behaviors that can threaten the safety of all concerned.
  • Key methods for teaching angry, aggressive and impulsive students essential skills for managing their own behavior.
  • Powerful ways to effect long-term, positive changes in behavior for those students in the most need of change.
  • New prevention and intervention techniques that are effective in different educational settings.
 
CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THIS SEMINAR.

2. Motivating the Unmotivated with Chick Moorman
Underachieving students often fail to turn in assignments. They fail to attend class regularly, fail to build positive relationships, and fail to steer clear of self-defeating behaviors. Underachievers fail to find meaning in schoolwork, fail to ask for help, and fail to see the connection between effort, success, and failure.
 
Failure hurts. Failure encourages impulses to escape, attack, cheat, withdraw, distract, and give up. 
  • Learn to break the cycle of failure in your underachieving students . . . so they can improve their performance and maximize their potential.
  • Learn to put attribute theory into practice in your classroom . . . so that underachievers understand the relationship between their behavior and their performance.
  • Help underachievers give up the victim stance and assume more responsibility over their school lives . . . so you can spend less time motivating and more time teaching.
  • Help underachievers develop an "I can" stance toward life . . . so they can think, act, and be more successful.
  • Dramatically decrease the number of students who choose to underachieve by learning how to manage your classroom and your own mind . . . so you can positively impact your "at risk" students.

CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THIS SEMINAR.

Product of the Mounth
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).
 
Click here to order.

Schedule
Nov. 14 - Fargo, ND.
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.
 
Nov. 15 - Winnipeg, MB.
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.
 
Nov. 16 - Regina, SK.
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.
 
Nov. 17 - Calgary, AB.
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.
 
Nov. 18 - Edmonton, AB.
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.
 
Nov. 22 - 24 - Melbourne, Australia.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick moorman, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Sanguine Consulting. For information contact June Sanguine at june@sanguineconsulting.com.
 
Nov. 29 - Swift Current, SK.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Chinook School Division. For information contact Racquel Biem at biemcyberschool@gmail.com.

Links

Contact
Personal Power Press
1-877-360-1477

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