Educator Newsletter #114

June 5, 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: Some Things to Think About This Summer

5. The Elevator Speech

1. Quote

"Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee."

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Can you live without an answer to your teaching question today? Perhaps the answer is on the way and your job is to live with the question until wisdom arrives.

 

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 black pickup truck in Austin, TX:

 

Arm Teachers Now!

With Adequate Teaching Supplies

4. Article: Some Things to Think About This Summer


 

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

 

It just might be that ten years from now one of your former students will decide to learn Spanish because he remembered some words you told him this year: "You can do anything you decide to do."

 

Perhaps a student who struggled in your math class, the one you helped learn how to "act as if," will one day walk into the high school counselor’s office and announce, "I have decided to go to college." Knocking on the counselor's office door could well be the first of many "act as ifs" he activates in the new few years.

 

Maybe one of the students who assisted with the Bystander Support Team in your homeroom will take what she learned about bullies to her place of employment years later and confront an office bully.

 

Chances are you'll never know. Students do not often go back and thank teachers years later for the insights they gained while in their classrooms. They do not frequently send appreciative e-mails describing the lessons they learned and applied in other settings. Sometimes they don’t even remember where they were exposed to or developed the interpersonal skills and character traits that now shape their adult lives. You may never know the full impact that your efforts this year will have on your students and the people they touch as they move through their lives.

 

How many times does it take a student to hear something, experience a consequence, or be exposed to a concept before it sinks in? Different amounts of times for different students, we suspect. But let's say the number for this particular student is 57. Maybe she needs to experience someone reaching out to her 57 times before she realizes people want to help her. Maybe she needs to be consistently given a consequence 57 times before she realizes the cause and effect relationship that exists between her choices and the results that follow. Maybe she needs 57 incidents of unconditional love before she recognizes her worth. Maybe 57 is her number.

 

What if you were number 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19? If so, you wouldn't get to see her day of awakening, her great excitement, her light bulb going on. You might be going home for the summer, thinking, "I didn't get to her."

 

Keep this in mind this summer: the 19th person makes the 57th possible. You cannot get to 57 without going through all the previous incidents. Is the 4th incident, the 27th, or the 47th any less valuable because they weren't number 57? We don't think so. The 12th is just as important as the 57th.

 

Refuse to bemoan the fact that you didn't reach this student. Remember instead that you were one of many who are needed to make the 57th possible. It just may be that your efforts this year have set the stage and made it possible for the real lesson to be delivered by the next teacher, next year. Or the year after that.

 

You may never realize the connection between your study buddy program, where third-graders invested time helping troubled first-graders improve their reading, and the eighth-grader’s decision to become a teacher.

 

You might not be able to connect the dots from the former cheerleader who commits to being a volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity program with the food drive that you organized when you were the cheerleadering coach several years ago.

 

Do you not think there is a link between your efforts to help baseball players respect their uniforms and the adult who dresses for success and shows that same pride in his business suit?

 

You may never witness a future situation where a student faces a problem that doesn't even exist yet and is able to apply useful skills when it occurs because you taught her how to think rather than what to think.

 

The student you taught in middle school to speak up for himself might speak up cleanly and clearly in his marriage long after you have retired from your professional practice.

 

Someday, the thought, “I always have more choices than I think I have,” will pop into a 30-year-old’s head as his basement begins to flood with water because in fifth grade you said to him 50 times or more, “Edwardo, you always have more choices than you think you have.”

 

In the future, a young mother will stop what she is doing, turn and face her child, give full body attention, and invite, “Tell me more,” because she saw you model that for her many times in the classroom.

 

Remember the time you said, “Tevi, that’s gossip. We don’t gossip in here because the person you’re talking about is not here to respond or defend themselves. What we do in this classroom is wait until the person is present and then check it out with them.” Did you think no one internalized that? One of your students will one day turn to a friend and say, “I’d rather not talk about her since she isn’t here.”

 

Do you think the time you invested this year teaching your students how to ask for help, get started quickly, ignore distractions, own their behaviors, disagree politely, or exhibit sportsmanship fell on deaf ears? Someone was listening. Someone was watching. Someone was learning.

 

Thank you for another year’s worth of teaching the world’s youth. Create a great summer. You deserve 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. The Elevator Speech

It is called an elevator speech because it is one that can be delivered in less time than it takes an elevator to move from the top to the bottom floor. It is often employed by people attending a conference, seminar, or workshop. They get on the elevator and someone spots their name tag and begins a conversation with "Hello, Clarence. What do you do for a living?" You now have less than a minute to say something more valuable, more intriguing, more instructional than "I'm a teacher."

 

You will be asked this question this summer. More than once. You might hear it at a picnic or backyard barbecue. It might happen at a family reunion or while on vacation. At some point, you will hear that question. Are you ready?

 

Following is the Teacher Talk Advantage recipe for designing a dynamic, meaningful, and supercharged elevator speech. It consists of two parts: the problem and the solution. Forget about the "I'm a teacher" response and even the improved version: "I'm a professional educator." Come up with a problem and position yourself as the solution.

 

Example I:

 

What do you do for a living?

 

You know how some kids just don't seem to be taking responsibility for their actions these days? (Problem) I work with those young people. I help them daily to take more responsibility for their actions, their choices, and the results which follow. I teach them to take ownership for their behaviors. (Solution) I'm a professional educator.  

 

Example II:

 

What are you doing these days?

 

You know how some kids end up in high school four years behind in reading? They fall behind early and keep losing ground. (Problem) I help identify and work with those students at an early age. I help them get caught up, stay caught up, and learn to love school and learning. (Solution) I’m excited to be an early childhood educator.

 

Create your elevator speech now. Practice. Memorize it. Be ready when someone asks you this summer, "What have you been up to?"

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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Two Exciting Summer Opportunities

 


 

1. The Teacher Talk Advantage Training of Trainers

 

July 22 - 24, 2013

Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center

2470 Old Bridge Road

Bay City, Michigan 48706

 


 

2. The Parent Talk System Training of Trainers


July 17 - 19, 2013

Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center

2470 Old Bridge Road

Bay City, Michigan 48706

Both workshops above are designed to get you ready: ready to teach these concepts to parents or teachers in your school or community.

 

You will receive:

  • Confidence
  • Encouragement
  • Verbal skills and training skills
  • A full trainer's notebook
  • Books
  • New friends from around the world
  • An incredible support group
  • Participant workbooks
  • Dinner at Thomas Haller's one evening
  • A rare opportunity to see Chick and Thomas working together
  • Questions answered
  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • Satisfaction
  • Purpose
  • Affirmation
  • Certificate of Completion 
  • An opportunity for college credit
  • The feeling of knowing you are making a difference in the lives of parents, teachers, and children in your community

Sign up today. Space is limited.

Mexico Summer 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.

United States Workshops

Featuring Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman 

 

June 19 - Burlington, WI.

Wellness Class presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am – 4:15 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). For more information contact Deb Engen at 608-213-7862 or email deborahengen@hotmail.com.

 

June 26 - Oregon, WI.

Wellness Class presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am – 4:15 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). For more information contact Deb Engen at 608-213-7862 or email deborahengen@hotmail.com.

 

July 17 - 19 - Bay City, MI.

Parent Talk System Facilitator Training presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information call 989-643-5059 or email ipp57@aol.com or thomas@thomashaller.com.

 

July 22 - 24 - Bay City, MI.

Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information call 989-643-5059 or email ipp57@aol.com or thomas@thomashaller.com.

 

July 29 - 30   Melbourne, Australia.

Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman (Primary), 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sanguine Consulting. For more information contact June Sanguine at june@sanguineconsultng.com.

 

July 31 - Aug. 1 - Melbourne, Australia.

Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman (Secondary), 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sanguine Consulting. For more information contact June Sanguine at june@sanguineconsultng.com.

 

Aug. 6 - 7 - Casper, WY.

The Verbal Skill Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, TBA (full day and concurrent sessions). For more information contact Artis Averett at 307-431-0522 or email erana@rtconnect.net.

 

Aug. 9 - Dyersville, IA.

Keynote: Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 9:30 am and The Sounds of Spirit Whispering, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Seton Catholic School. For more information contact Mary Smock at 563-744-3290 or email dbqe28@arch.pvt.k12.ia.us.

 

Aug. 28 - Manassas, VA.

Concurrent Sessions: The Missing Link: Debriefing and The One-Minute Behavior Modifier presented by Chick Moorman. Prince William County Public Schools, Career and Tech Center. For more information contact Bridgette Moffett at 703-494-3181 or email moffetbd@pwcs.edu.

 

Aug. 29 - Swift Current, SK, Canada.

The Missing Links: Debriefing and Good Praise/Bad Praise presented by Chick Moorman, 10:45 am - 11:45 am and 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm. The Total Student Conference. For more information contact Nancy Leroy at 306-297-2733 ext. 246 or email nleroy@chinooksd.ca.

Media Schedule


 

Thomas on television answering viewer questions:

 

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

 

Family Matters with Thomas Haller Fridays at noon, Saturdays at 8:45 am, Sundays at   7:45 am and 8:45 am on WNEM TV5. Also streaming live at: www.wnem.com.

 

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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THOMAS HALLER

REESE HALLER

PARKER HALLER

UNCOMMON PARENTING

TEACHER TALK ADVANTAGE

HEALING ACRES

THE THOMAS AND VALERIE SHOW

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