Educator Newsletter #113

April 16, 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:Two Words to Eliminate

5. Bringing Responsible Action Statements to Life

1. Quote

"Often when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number."

 

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2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Today, are you being what you wanted to be when you grew up? There is still time. What can you do today to be that person?

 

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 maroon Chevy Chevette in Glendale, AZ:

 

If it fits on a bumper sticker,

It's not a philosophy.

4. Article: Two Words to Eliminate


 

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

 

What does the high school choir director say to her students as they finish a perfect practice of the new song they will be performing in concert later that night?

 

What words come out of the junior varsity football coach's mouth as the defense trots off the field after forcing an opponents' punt following three offensive thrusts for no gain?

 

What does the first-grade teacher write on her student’s paper when all four rows of Mister M are neatly printed between the lines?

 

What does the third-grade teacher remark when her students line up quietly?

 

Name the words that the high-school counselor uses to congratulate the student who successfully implemented his plan to communicate anger appropriately.

 

What words did the second-grade teacher find on a stamp that she bought at the teacher center store that she would be using to add to students’ papers later that night?

 

What phrase did the middle-school language arts teacher write on the student's paper when he wrote an effective attention-getting sentence that created a desire to read the rest of his book report?

 

Identify the words used by the school administrator when addressing the staff about a successful implementation of the new lock-down plan.

 

The words most often used in situations like those above are the two most overused words in the education profession. You hear them frequently. They are words that roll off the tongue quickly and easily. They require no thought, no intention, and deliver no teaching. They form a phrase that would be better off eliminated in educational settings.

 

That phrase? "Good job."

 

"Good job" is pure evaluation. It evaluates a person's product, effort, attitude, energy or efficiency. It is an effort to judge rather than to teach. It gives no information about what was good about the product or effort. A student does not learn what was good about his first sentence or rows of Mister M. He only knows someone rated and ranked it as "good."

 

"But kids like it," we often hear from well-intentioned educators. "They smile when we say it. It helps them feel good."

 

True. And used in this way it works very much like a drug. The feel good comes from an outside source and feels good for the moment. Soon it wears off and students need to chase it. The net result of many applications of this style of praise is the creation of praise junkies.

 

In our Teacher Talk Advantage workshops we teach a style of praise that leaves room for the student to make the evaluation so that evaluation comes from the inside out, rather than from the outside in. Consider the following.

 

When the fourth-grade student finally mastered the sevens, eights, and nines multiplication facts on the speed test, his teacher refrained from using the "good job" response. Instead, he replied, "You did it!" This simple descriptive remark leaves room for the student to make the evaluation. When your words are, "You did it," his words (often self-talk) can become, "I did a good job."

 

The high-school choir director can say to her students as they finish a perfect practice of the new song, "You nailed it." That leaves room for the students to say to themselves, "We sang that pretty well."

 

The junior varsity football coach can say, "Three and out. Wow!" as the defense trots off the field. His words now leave room for the athletes to draw the conclusion.

 

The first-grade teacher can write on her student's paper, "Right between the lines," reinforcing the teaching of what quality printing looks like.

 

The words that the high-school counselor uses to congratulate the student who successfully implemented his plan to communicate anger appropriately could be, "You did it. You created it and went out and put it to use." Now the student has room to make an internal judgment about his efforts.

 

"Good job" is so easy to say. We often say those words without forethought. They are a habitual response that flows quickly and frequently. This week, practice replacing "Good job" with "You did it." Challenge yourself to say, "You did it," a minimum of ten times today. Pay attention to the reaction you get from your students. See how many times you can catch yourself saying, "Good job." Change your language when you become aware of saying it.

 

When you get to the point where you are saying, "You did it," without thinking about it first, when it just rolls off your tongue in recognition of a new habit, refuse to pat yourself on the back by saying internally, "I did a good job." Instead, describe your efforts with your newest Teacher Talk language: "I did it!"

 

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: www.chickmoorman.com and www.thomashaller.com

The Teacher Talk Advantage

 

 

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5. Bringing Responsible Action Statements to Life

Responsible Action Statements as outlined in The Teacher Talk Advantage:

 

Mistakes are permitted here.

 

Your behavior equals a choice.

 

Speak up for yourself.

 

Every problem is an opportunity.

 

Level of Risk is your choice.

 

Finding solutions is the focus.

 

When a positive or negative incident occurs in your classroom, bring the Responsible Action Statements to life by asking students to respond to one of the following questions. 

  1. Which Responsible Action Statement applies to this situation? Describe how it applies.
  2. How does it fit this incident?
  3. How could a student handle this situation if they were applying one of these Responsible Action Statements?
  4. Predict what would have happened if we were applying one of these Responsible Action Statements in this situation?
  5. How could you explain that plan to another person?
  6. Where else in your life could you apply this lesson?

Chick Moorman


 

Contact Chick at:

 

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

e-mail ipp57@aol.com

www.chickmoorman.com 

www.twitter.com/chickmoorman

www.facebook.com/chick.moorman

 

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Thomas Haller


 

Contact Thomas at:

 

989-686-5356

e-mail thomas@thomashaller.com

www.thomashaller.com

www.twitter.com/tomhaller

www.facebook.com/thomas.b.haller

 

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Copyright

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Mexico Workshops

Featuring Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman

 

June 6 - Cancun, Mexico. Como hablar de sexualidad a los ninnos, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 6 - Cancun, Mexico. Los 10 Compromisos, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 7 - Cancun, Mexico. Transformando la agresion en los ninos, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 7 - Cancun, Mexico. Las 3 estrategias de la disciplina, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 8 - Cancun, Mexico. Poder personal, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 8 - Cancun, Mexico. Lenguaje avanzado para maestros, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

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.

 

Included on this Super-Site are:

  • 17 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. 13 responses are already there.
  • Video clips of Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman explaining, demonstrating, and teaching practical Teacher Talk skills. 14 are currently ready for viewing.
  • Audio outtakes of Chick and Thomas responding to current events in the crucial profession of education. Choose from 12 current events already recorded.

More postings in each of these categories are added every month.

 

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.

 

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:

17 - Articles

14 - Video Clips

12 - Current Event Audio Reactions

13 - Q&A Audio Responses

360 - Teacher Talk Quick Tips

41 - 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.

 

Retainer

 

For school staffs that want to make a serious commitment to learning and implementing the skills presented 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

E-mail: ipp57@aol.com

 

Thomas Haller

Telephone: 989-791-4191

Fax: 989-791-4191

E-mail: thomas@thomashaller.com

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

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.

 

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Seminar Schedule

April 17 - Chicago North, IL.

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.

 

April 18 - Champaign, IL.

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.

 

April 25 - Clinton Township, MI.

Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Montessori Children's Academy. For information contact Jan Malker at 586-286-4566 or email jmalkar@montessori-childrens-academy.org.

 

May 8 - Manchester, 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 www.ber.org.

 

June 3 - Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Teacher Talk Advantage: The Five Voices of Effective Teaching presented by Thomas Haller, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. SUNY Child Care Pre-Conference For More information contact lisa.kelsey@suny.edu.

 

June 3 - Saratoga Springs, NY.

Keynote: Words that Empower, Words the Wound presented by Thomas Haller, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. SUNY Child Care Conference. For More information contact lisa.kelsey@suny.edu.

 

June 4 - Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Thomas Haller, 10:00 am-11:30 am. SUNY Child Care Conference Session. For More information contact lisa.kelsey@suny.edu.

 

June 6 - Cancun, Mexico.

Como hablar de sexualidad a los ninnos presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 6 - Cancun, Mexico.

Los 10 Compromisos presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 7 - Cancun, Mexico.

Transformando la agresion en los ninos presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 7 - Cancun, Mexico.

Las 3 estrategias de la disciplina presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 8 - Cancun, Mexico.

Poder personal presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

 

June 8 - Cancun, Mexico.

Lenguaje avanzado para maestros presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Traduccion Simultanea. Informes y Ventas Alejandro at 998 151.66.01 o Yessica at 998 874.08.92.

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 www.wcrz.com.

 

Listen to Thomas on The Thomas and Valerie Show on www.prx.org or on www.thethomasandvalerieshow.com.

Links

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