Educator Newsletter #111

January 4, 2013

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: 12 Valuable Mistakes to Make This Year

5. Teacher Talk Tip: What Did You Say to Your Students Today That Asked Them to Think?

1. Quote

"It is not what is poured into a student that matters but what is planted."


Linda Conway 

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if the teaching circumstance that troubles you today is never going to change? Can you change your experience of the circumstance instead?


Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.



3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a silver Honda Civic in Mesa, AZ:


I didn't say it was your FAULT.

I said I was going to BLAME you.

4. Article: 12 Valuable Mistakes to Make This Year

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller



  • Make the mistake of over-expecting. High expectations are better than low expectations for your students and for yourself.
  • Make the mistake of not following the prescribed curriculum exactly. You know when and where to dance away from the script. No one knows your students better than you do. Become an occasional deviate when it comes to the curriculum.
  • Make the mistake of trusting your students not to cheat. Some might. So what? At least you communicated by your behavior that you do not expect cheating. If some do cheat, you now have the data you need to motivate yourself to design an appropriate learning experience that will help them learn from that experience.
  • Make the mistake of making mistakes in front of your students. This will give you valuable opportunities to help students learn how adults effectively deal with errors.
  • Make the mistake of having no plans one day. Ask students what they want to do to solidify, increase, or demonstrate learning of the material you have been teaching. See what happens.
  • Make the mistake of giving your students a do-over on a recent quiz. Allow them to use their books and other resource materials. Observe what happens.
  • Make the mistake of allowing students to sit by their friends. Tell them that opportunity equals responsibility. As long as they choose to maintain the responsibility that accompanies sitting by their friends, their opportunity to do so will remain unchanged. If they choose to lower the responsibility, they are choosing to have the opportunity reduced as well.
  • Make the mistake of leaving your materials at home one day. Demonstrate for students how you can cope regardless of what materials you have. Demonstrate ingenuity and problem solving.
  • Make the mistake of allowing students to overhear you talking about them to someone else. Say only positive words and affirming concepts.
  • Make the mistake of misplacing your glasses, teacher’s edition, or papers you corrected last night. Ask students to suggest possible solutions, strategies, or attitudes that might be helpful in such a situation.
  • Make the mistake of creating several distractions during a silent reading period. Debrief with students how they handled the distractions. Create a list of positive ways to ignore distractions.
  • Make the mistake of demonstrating an experiment without first doing a practice run at home. Hope some things go wrong. Invite students to help you recognize what can be learned from the experience.


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





5. Teacher Talk Tip: What Did You Say to Your Students Today That Asked Them to Think?

"Compare and contrast a butterfly and a moth."


"Rank these items based on what you think would be most to least effective."


"Predict what you think will happen when I add this liquid to this other one."


"Now that we have studied three colonies, generalize what we could say about their leadership."


"Which one is the most important in your opinion?"


"Who has a different idea?"


"What is one improvement you would have made in this _____?"


"Which one of these factors is most important in your opinion? Why?"


"What possibilities exist for ____?"


"Compare your effort here to the effort you made earlier. What do you notice?"


"How will you know if you have been successful?" 

Chick Moorman


Contact Chick at:


1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)





Thomas Haller


Contact Thomas at:







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Teacher Talk Advantage Super-Site

Free Sample


Everybody is talking about lock-down drills, making sure all students and staff know the routines. That is all well and good, and we support that kind of practice and preparedness. But perhaps how we talk about this drill is as important as what we do during the drill. And is "lock-down drill" really the best term we can come up with to describe this situation?


Listen to this short, free audio recording from the Teacher Talk Advantage Site and decide what you think.


Lock-Down Language


Click here to listen to sample.

Teacher Talk Advantage Super-Site - Subscription Information

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.

  • Over 350 Teacher Talk Quick Tips
  • Articles featuring real teachers using real Teacher Talk verbal skills with real students
  • A question and answer section with guaranteed priority response to your concerns, problems, frustrations, and successes
  • Video clips of Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman explaining, demonstrating, and teaching practical Teacher Talk skills
  • Radio outtakes of Chick and Thomas responding to current events in the crucial profession of education

This $59.95 value guarantees you access to this important site for less than five dollars a month. You get books worth $40 and the web site for a full year for only $59.95. New content is added weekly. 


Currently this site contains:


15 - Articles

9 - Video Clips

11 - Current Event Audio Reactions

10 - Q&A Audio Responses

342 - Teacher Talk Quick Tips

29 - Fan Page Photos


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The Teacher Talk Advantage Staff Development Opportunities

One-Day Training


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.


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 Teacher Talk Advantage Training of Trainers


July 22 - 24, 2013

Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center

2470 Old Bridge Road

Bay City, Michigan 48706

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 slowly 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.


Click Here for Ordering Information

Seminar Schedule

Feb. 4 - Long Island, NY.

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. 5 - White Plains, NY.

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. 6 - Newark, NJ.

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. 7 - Cherry Hill, NJ.

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. 8 - Long Branch, NJ.

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

Media Schedule

Thomas on television answering viewer questions:


Relationship Matters – Every Monday at 9:15 am on WNEM TV5 Better Mid-Michigan


Family Matters Segment – Every Friday at 12:15 pm on WNEM TV5 News at Noon.


Family Matters Segment – Every Saturday at 8:45 am on WNEM TV5 Weekend Wake-up.


Family Matters Segment – Every Sunday at 7:45 am & 8:45 am on WNEM TV5 Weekend Wake-up.


To view Dr. Tom's previous Family Matters segments, CLICK HERE.


Thomas on the radio answering questions and discussing hot topics:


Every Thursday morning at 7:30 am on CARZ 108FM – Streaming live online


Every Friday evening from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm on AM1250. To see a listing of past topics and listen to the segments, CLICK HERE.


NPR, Q 90.1 FM - Delta College Quality Public Radio. Listen live every Thursday at 9:00 am Click here to listen. To listen to past shows visit











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