Educator Newsletter #109

September 3, 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: The Teacher Is the Message
5. Teacher Talk Tip: Self-Referred Comments

1. Quote

"Every word we speak is a prayer. Your mouth can be your greatest ally or your strongest foe."
Ivanla Vanzant

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What confusion can you celebrate today? Admitting to confusion is the first step in moving past it.
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a yellow Chevy Cavalier in Hardin, MT:
Want Brains?
Read a Book.

4. Article: The Teacher Is the Message

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Bulletin boards are up, the welcome sign hangs on the door, and inspirational quotes occupy important places on the wall. Your desk is neat and organized. You have goals and objectives set for the semester. New technology and learning materials have been purchased and reviewed. You are pumped up and ready to go. You can hardly wait to help students immerse themselves in the designed curriculum using the new resources now available to you and to them.
You might have a new literature textbook to use this year. Or perhaps you have laptops for every student. If you are like a lot of professional educators, you spent some of your own money this summer scrounging art supplies from garage sales or boxes full of supplemental reading materials for your first-graders. You can't wait to have them experience the new supplies and resources you now have at your disposal.
But hold on. Are you forgetting something?
The students you have this year are not taking a year of fifth grade from you. They are taking a year of YOU for fifth grade. Likewise, they are not taking algebra from you this semester. They are taking a semester of YOU for algebra.
Think about it. Your classroom is you. Your Teacher Talk language is you. The materials you select to use with your students are you. Everything that goes on in that classroom is flavored with a huge dose of you. Your students will not be taking a year of physical education from you. They will be taking a year of YOU for physical education.
You, the teacher, and you, the human being, have an enormous impact on the students you teach. Are you conscious of the silent messages your behavior sends to students? Are you aware of what you model? Do you choose your modeling with intentionality? Is that important to you?
Are you aware of the degree to which you share your humanness with students? Do you do it on purpose? Have you developed ways to be real with students and help them connect to your humanness? Do you drop the façade of professional educator and allow students to see pieces of you, the human being? Do you want to?
Keep in mind, you the teacher are your own best resource. True, it is primarily the board of education that approves the curriculum, spending, and hiring proposals. The principal generally decides class lists, assigns rooms, and sets procedures. Committees often make textbook recommendations, decide report card formats, and create curriculum guides for each grade level. Yet it is you alone who closes that door behind you and faces a classroom full of students.
You share a full year of important experiences with your students.
You offer students textbooks, manipulatives, interactive materials, and learning tasks of every size, shape, and content. You offer them choices, exercises in thinking, and opportunities to solve problems. You offer them consequences, chances to accept responsibility, and opportunities to have input. Yet the most important thing you have to offer your students is your own humanity. When you give of yourself, you give something that is real, something no one else can offer. You offer YOU.
No printed word, not spoken plea,
Can teach young minds what they can be.
Nor all the books on all the shelves.
But what the teachers are themselves.
Create a great year and give them a lot of YOU.
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the coauthors of The Teacher Talk Advantage: Five Voices of Effective Teaching. 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

The Teacher Talk Advantage: Five Voices of Effective Teaching


5. Teacher Talk Tip: Self-Referred Comments

"I am going to write a note to the custodian, Mr. Johnson. I want to share my appreciation with him about how clean the halls look this year."
"I am going to take this home and read over the next chapter before Monday. I want to be well prepared when I see you on Monday."
"I am going to get started on these while you are at recess. A fast start helps me stay motivated."
Self-referred comments such as the ones above are one way to communicate useful behaviors and attitudes to your students. To make a self-referred comment, structure the first part of your Teacher Talk so that you are speaking about yourself.
"I think I will organize my desk."
Follow your statement about yourself with a values connection.
"It's much easier to find things when my desk is organized."
Attitudes are more easily caught than taught. Modeling organization, appreciation, or getting started quickly is more effective than any eloquent lecture. To increase the chances that your modeling is noticed and processed, use self-referred comments as you do it. Adding verbal comments to your behaviors combines auditory and visual learning components. Used together, the two modes create a greater impact in students’ minds than would be the case if used independently.
"I am going to finish this newsletter right now. That way I won't be thinking about it while I am on vacation."

Chick Moorman

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


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at:



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This subscription-based web site opportunity is designed for serious Teacher Talk Advantage practitioners. This exclusive site will give you ongoing help and support as you use the verbal skills in this incredible system. When you become a paid member you will receive free copies of The Teacher Talk Advantage ($24.95 value) and Teacher Talk ($15.00). You will also have access to all the features below for one full year.
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  • A question and answer section with guaranteed priority response to your concerns, problems, frustrations, and successes
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The Teacher Talk Advantage Staff Development Opportunities
This six-hour presentation helps an entire staff develop shared cognitions, a mutual language, and Teacher Talk techniques that can be implemented uniformly throughout the school. It is designed to help staff become skilled at defusing and handling anger, using effective praise, communicating expectations, and holding students accountable without wounding their spirit. Verbal skills that greatly reduce inappropriate behaviors, encourage difficult-to-motivate students, and teach respect and responsibility are included. This one-day seminar equips staff with the skills necessary to return to the classroom with an important and positive advantage when working with their students.
Contact Thomas Haller at 989-239-8628.
Contact Chick Moorman at 989-205-8045.

Book Study Group

The Teacher Talk Advantage Book Study Kit

This study kit includes a hardback copy of The Teacher Talk Advantage. You will have access to The Teacher Talk Advantage book study web site, where you can download:
  1. A copy of your workbook.
  2. Audio recordings by authors Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller introducing each section of the book study, posing questions, suggesting discussion topics, and giving clarifying information.
  3. 300 Teacher Talk Quick Tips.
In this book study kit you are invited to read, discuss, and make journal entries on the important concepts covered. If you are part of a book study group you will have regularly scheduled meetings and discuss many of the topics with your colleagues. If you are doing the study kit alone you can create a pace of study that works best for you. You can go as fast or as slow as you choose. Whether you are doing this alone or with a group, the end goal is successful implementation of the ideas and concepts being presented.
By ordering the Building Level Kit you obtain the right to copy all materials for your staff and the codes that enable your team to access the audio recordings.
Three-Day Staff Training
Includes more material than the one-day session, more skill practice, and debriefing of the previous session. This training can occur in three back-to-back days or be spread out throughout the year. Includes a price break for multiple days.
Observations and Coaching
The authors are available for observation and coaching at your school upon request. This could include individual and/or entire school coaching. Includes observations, written descriptive feedback, and face-to-face communication.
Telephone coaching is also available for individuals upon request.
For school staffs that want to make a serious commitment to learning and implementing the skills involved in the Teacher Talk Advantage. Guarantees you top priority in date selection and lowest daily rate offered. Must include ten days or more, which can be spread out over two school years.
Contact Information
Chick Moorman
Telephone: 877-360-1477 (toll free)
Fax: 989-643-5156
Thomas Haller
Telephone: 989-791-4191
Fax: 989-791-4191

The Thomas and Valerie Show
A dynamic husband and wife team where:
  • Hot topics and family matters collide.
  • Education and psychology merge.
  • The relationship with your husband, wife and kids takes center stage.

Thomas on television answering viewer questions:
Family Matters Segment – Every Friday at 12:15pm on WNEM TV5 News at Noon
Family Matters Segment – Every Saturday at 8:45am on WNEM TV5 Weekend Wake-up
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Thomas on the radio answering questions and discussing hot topics:
Every Thursday morning at 7:30am on CARZ 108FM – Streaming live on-line
Every Friday evening from 6:30pm-7:00pm on AM1250. To see a listing of past topics and listen to the segments, CLICK HERE.
Coming Soon to Pandora and iTunes – The Thomas and Valerie Show
Sept. 20 - Kenilworth, IL. 
The Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Kenilworth School District 38. For information contact Libby Noell at 847-853-3806 or email
Sept. 20 - Kenilworth, IL.
Parent Meeting (Workshop Title to be Announced) presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Kenilworth School District 38. For information contact Libby Noell at 847-853-3806 or email
Oct. 4 - Norfolk, NE.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Lutheran Educator's Conference. For information contact Josh Glowicki at
Oct. 8 - Auburn, MI.
Workshop Title to be Announced presented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Auburn Area Catholic School. For information contact Teresa Finner at
Oct. 17 - Jersey City, NJ.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm or 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Hamilton Park Montessori School. For information contact Michele Seelinger at 201-533-1910 or email
Oct. 17 - Jersey City, NJ.
To Be Announced presented by Chick Moorman, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Hamilton Park Montessori School. For information contact Michele Seelinger at 201-533-1910 or email
Oct. 19 - Cass City, MI.
Strategies for Managing Violent and Abusive Children presented by Thomas Haller, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Huron County SafePlace, Cass City, Mi. For more information contact Amanda at


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