Educator Newsletter #104

February 15, 2012

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: Self-Talk
5. 10 Things to Say/Do to Help Students Focus on Their Dreams
6. Under Construction

1. Quote

"The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today."
Margaret Meade

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if the second step isn’t revealed until we take the first step? Is there a first step you are not taking because you can’t see several steps ahead? Take a first step today without knowing the second step. The direction might delight and surprise you.
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.        


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a green Chevy Cavalier in Knoxville, TN:

4. Article: Self-Talk

(This article is an excerpt from the forthcoming book The Teacher Talk Advantage: Five Voices of Effective Teaching. Watch for prepublication offer. Coming soon.)
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Did you know that the words you use to talk to yourself are like seeds you plant in your mind? Do your students know that? Do they put that knowledge to use?
"If I don't pass this test, I'll be in trouble."
"If she calls on me, I won't know what to say."
"I'll never be able to find what I need in the library."
"If I don't get to sleep, I won't do well in the game tomorrow."
Isn't it just incredible how accurate students are at predicting their future? Perhaps you can use your teaching voice to help them make more positive, emotionally healthy predictions.
Do your students talk to themselves? Of course they do. Kindergartners talk to themselves. Fifth-graders talk to themselves. And high school students talk to themselves. In fact, all students talk to themselves, and they do it often.
Eighty percent of talk is self-talk. The remaining twenty percent is directed at others. Since all students talk to themselves, it seems it would be beneficial to help them become conscious of what their internal talk is and the effect it's having on their school performance and their lives. It appears that in many schools teachers invest more time getting students to stop talking aloud than helping them examine how they talk to themselves when they're not talking aloud.
Self-talk is programming that affects students' minds. It is one of the major ways in which they create beliefs that influence their actions. When they tell themselves, "I probably won't like this new chapter," they are programming themselves for failure. If their inner dialogue is, "No one is going to like my speech," they are setting themselves up to do poorly.
As educators, we often design lessons to teach students what to say when they are giving their speech to others. Rarely do we help them learn how to talk to themselves before, during, and after their speech.
Do you teach your students about the importance of self-talk? Do you tell them, "The words you use to talk to yourself are like seeds you plant in your mind"? Before a test, do you ask them to pay attention to what they are saying to themselves? Michael Olson does.
"What did you tell yourself?"
The first time Michael Olson passed out a social studies test to his seventh-graders he asked them to leave it face down on their desks for a few moments. Students were expecting that their teacher would soon be giving them the signal to turn it over and begin. They were in for a surprise.
"We're not going to take this test right now," Michael informed his students. "We are going to do something else instead. I want you to pay attention to what you were telling yourself as the test was distributed. Get in touch with what you were saying to yourself. Were your thoughts positive or negative? I'll give you three minutes to write some of those thoughts on the back of your test paper."
After the three minutes had passed, Michael called time and asked the students to share aloud some of the thoughts they had written. Their contributions included:
I should have studied more.
This is not going to be pretty.
I hope I get a good grade.
I can do this.
I don't want to do this.
I don't like tests.
I wonder if it will be hard.
Many students were surprised at how many negative messages they gave themselves. Some could not recall telling themselves anything at all.
As part of his lecture burst on this self-talk lesson, Michael told the students, "The words you use to talk to yourself are like seeds you plant in your mind. They sprout quickly, take root, and grow strong. Be careful what you plant. It will affect what you harvest in the future." Following his lecture and a discussion, students were challenged to think positive thoughts about the test.
Many times during the semester Michael stopped and asked students to examine their inner dialog. He challenged them to say positive things to themselves with the following Teacher Talk.
"Where is what you're saying to yourself right now leading you?"
"Is the self-talk you're using creating the kinds of beliefs you want to develop?"
"Is your self-talk helping or hurting what you are trying to accomplish?"
"What would you be saying to yourself if you were choosing it on purpose right now?"
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: 10 Things to Say/Do to Help Students Focus on Their Dreams

"What do you want to achieve in the next five years?"
"Add an inspirational quote to your dream book."
"Bring in a picture that would help us learn about your dream."
"What could you do today to move yourself closer to your dream?"
"How do you know if you are following your dream?"
"Make a ladder to the stars creating a path to your dream."
"Let's all put our heads down and each of you imagine your dream for a while."
"What's next in moving toward your dream?"
"Write a goal letter to yourself explaining your vision."
Mean it

6. Under Construction

A.) The Teacher Talk Advantage: Five Voices of Effective Teaching, to be published in three months. This important book includes extensive chapters that describe verbal skills to Structure, Nurture, Teach, Debrief, and Build Accountability in your classroom.
Watch this space for an exciting opportunity and prepublication offer. Coming soon to a school near you.

B.) The Thomas Haller Show Where Family Matters

This will be the radio show where your relationship with your husband/wife and kids takes center stage.
It will help you create the marriage of your dreams, become the parent you've always wanted to be, and alter your family tree. 
Uncommon answers, uncommon results.
Coming soon to WNEM Newsradio 1250 a.m.
Every Saturday afternoon 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
Streaming live on the web at
If you don't catch the show on Saturdays, you can always listen to the archived recording starting on the following Monday.
Watch this space for the soon-to-be-announced date of the premier of The Thomas Haller Show.

Chick Moorman

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


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at:



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A Spring Opportunity
Beginning today Thomas is offering The Six Best Parenting Strategies workshop for half his usual fee. For only $499.00 (no additional fees), Thomas will give the parents at your school, church, or community center exactly what is needed to get children of any age to behave. In just one evening, participants will be given the six most valuable, effective, and practical parenting strategies ever. They will learn how to manage behavior, create accountability, and raise responsible children in today's world.
So what's the catch you might wonder. There are some. Indeed, there are four strings attached to this unique and important offer.
String #1: The workshop can only take place on Monday nights in March, April, or May.
String #2: The workshop has to be less than three hours' driving distance from Bay City, MI, so Thomas can sleep in his own bed Monday nights.
String #3: Only 12 Mondays are available, so act fast to reserve your workshop. Last year's Magnificent Monday Sale sold out in two minutes.
String #4: You're in charge of getting as many parents to attend as possible. The more the merrier. Be creative. Offer dinner, child care and door prizes.
E-mail Thomas to schedule your "50% off spring parent night workshop I want to sleep in my own bed" sale:

A Back-to-School Staff Development Program That Will Last All Year
Motivating the Unmotivated with Chick Moorman
Some August dates are still available.
Book now!
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 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.


Product of the Mounth
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.

Special Event
The Parent Talk System Training of Trainers
Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center
2470 Old Bridge Road
Bay City, MI 48706

Feb. 16 - Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
Parent Talk System: An Overview presented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). W.J. Mouat Secondary Theatre, Abbotsford Schools. Click here for flyer. For information contat Karma Rustad at
Feb. 17 - Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
Engaged Adults Engaging Students presented by Chick, Motivating the Unmotivated (concurrent session). Abbotsford Schools. For information contat Karma Rustad at
Feb. 21 - Crestwood, IL.
The Teacher Talk System - Achievement Motivation and Behavior Management presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm. Eisenhower Cooperative. For information contact Carol Costello at
Feb. 27 - Billings, MT.
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
Feb. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT.
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
Feb. 29 - Reno, NV.
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
March 1 - Seattle, WA.
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
March 2 - Honolulu, HI.
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
March 8 - Bad Axe, MI.
The 6 Best Parenting Strategies You'll Ever Need presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, The Parenting Awareness Month Coalition, Bad Axe, MI. Location to be announced. For more information contact Melissa Stirrett -


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