Educator Newsletter #116
September 7, 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: Collegial Support: How to Give It
5. "How Are You?"
6. Sign of the Times
1. Quote
"To the world you may be one person. But to one person you may be the world."
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
Can you expand your vision to see more in this student than she is presently showing? How can you communicate that vision to her and to herclassmates?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a Chevy Astro van in Moose Jaw, SK:
It's on the Syllabus.
4. Article: Collegial Support: How to Give It
 By Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman
It's the beginning of another school year and time to steadily build positive relationships. Most of you are probably already doing that with your students. Well and good, but don't neglect the staff. Your relationship with other teachers, the secretary, custodians, cooks, administrators and other personnel could highly influence your degree of happiness at your workplace this school year. Chances are there are new teachers in your building this year. Some may be just starting their teaching career. Others might have transferred from another building. In addition, several friends have returned to the sameschool after three months away. How are you connecting with them? Are you doing it consciously, with plan and purpose?
Following are 15 Do's and Don'ts for building positive relationships with staff.
1.) Do share your appreciation. "Thank you for bringing in the muffins yesterday. I choseblueberry and it helped me start my day off right." "I appreciate the way the floors look. You and the other custodial staff must have worked long hours to get them shining like this."
2.) Do give "I noticed . . ." statements. "I noticed you like to wear red.” “I noticed you greet yourstudents at the door every day, every hour." The words out of your mouth are, "I noticed," but the real message is, "I see you."
3.) Do not isolate yourself. Eat in the teachers' room. Stick your head in other teachers'classrooms before or after school. Take part in the potluck lunch. Join the school bowling team.
4.) Do build relationship by walking around. Walk out on the playground. See who is on duty.Strike up a conversation. Walk around the bus arrival area, the lunchroom, the media center, and go to the office a couple of times a day.
5.) Do use mailbox surprises. Birthday cards, a timely quote, a recipe, an interesting article,and many other items can be used to build connections.
6.) Do not hoard. Yes, that is third-grade math material that you use every year. And if the second-grade teacher needs it for some fast-moving second-grade students, give it up. Sharethe supply of recycled paper you were gifted with. Made some cookies last night? Pass them around.
7.) Do ask to help. "Can I help?" is a useful question in the lunchroom, hall, playground, oranother teacher's classroom. Is someone having trouble lifting something, meeting a deadline, or collating papers? Volunteer to be a helper.
8.) Do ask for help. Speak up. There are others willing to help. Need an idea for language artsjournals today? Ask for one. Desire some encouraging words? Ask for them. Want a stapler that works? Ask.
9.) Do not gossip. Do not be a rumormonger. If you are gossiping about others with Mary, guess who Mary thinks you are talking about when she is not present?
10.) Do add a cartoon to the staff bulletin board. Everyone can use a slice of humor. Post it. And read things other people post. Make comments about them.
11.) Do ask for others' opinions. "I'm going to call Robert's parents tonight. What's the main pointyou think I ought to make?" "I'm thinking of getting a dog. Do you have a favorite breed?" Asking for another’s opinion tells that person you value their thoughts and ideas.
12.) Do show interest in the students you had last year. "How is Sabrina doing this year? Is she getting off to a good start?" "I wanted to check with you on Arturo. He really tested me last year. How is he responding for you?" "Mary Ellen really got on a roll near the end of last year. Is she keeping it going?"
13.) Do use people's names. The sweetest sound in any language is the sound of your own name. "Good morning, Raphael." "That was some basketball game last night, Eva. Don't you agree?"
14.) Do not use putdowns as humor. There is a hidden truth in every putdown intended to be funny. Stop trying to be cute and clever with thinly veiled sarcasm. It creates distance.
15.) Do use physical touch. A high five, pat on the back, shoulder squeeze, or handshake arephysical ways to touch that are quick and efficient. Perhaps there is even someone on your team that needs a hug today. If that person is you, ask for one.
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5. "How Are You?"
"How are you?" We all hear that question several times a day, as well as variations such as "How ya' doin'?" and "How's it going?" These questions are an opportunity to remind yourself of the importance of how you choose to talk to yourself and others.
When someone asks, "How are you?" do not respond with, "O.K.," "Average," "Fair to middlin'," "Could be better," "I've been worse," "So-so," "It's too early to tell," "Wait 'till I wake up and I'll let you know," or any other variation that sends a message that is less than ecstatic. If you're currently using one of the responses above, stop! Remember, language is programming. You are programming your brain. Get in the habit of responding with words or phrases like "Wonderful," "Incredible," "Superb,""Unbeatable," "A notch above excellent," "Harmonious," or my favorite, "Invincible!"
Or do what Chick has started to do. He tells people he is a six.  
"How you doin'?"
"About a six."
"Only a six?"
"That's on a scale from one to five."
The last line always gets them, producing a big smile and a friendly connection.
As you respond to these habitual inquiries of others with words that communicate energy and enthusiasm, you will begin to feel more energetic and enthusiastic. You will be using thoseopportunities to strengthen your newly emerging habit of using words to create your own reality.
By changing how you respond to "Howare you?" you take conscious control of your programming. When you take chargeof what goes in, you affect what comes out. You become more self-responsible.
6. Sign of the Times
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Featuring Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman 
Sept. 21 - Stanton, MI.
Keynote: The Only Three Discipline Strategies presented by Thomas Haller. Great Start Early Childhood Conference, Montcalm Community College.
Sept. 21 - Stanton, MI.
Breakout Session: The Essential Elements of Praise presented by Thomas Haller. Great Start Early Childhood Conference, Montcalm Community College.
Sept. 24 - Hart, MI.
Motivation for School Success presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Hart Public Schools, Spitler Elementary Gym. For more information contact Kathy Dickinson at 231-873-6366 or email
Oct. 4 - Chicago, IL.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Christ the King Jesuite College Preparatory School. For information contact Temple Payne at
Oct. 5 - Chicago, IL.
Parent Program presented by chick Moorman, Morning, Christ the King Jesuite College Preparatory School. For information contact Temple Payne at
Oct. 7 - Madison, WI.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Madison Community Montessori. For more information contact Meghan Smyth at 608-274-9549 or email admissions@madisoncommunity
Oct. 7 - Madison, WI.
The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You'll Ever Need presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Madison Community Montessori. For more information contact Meghan Smyth at 608-274-9549 or email admissions@madisoncommunity
Oct. 18 - 20 - Tulum, Mexico.
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Oct. 25 - Winnipeg, Canada.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Canad Inn of Garden City. For information contact Rod Lauder at 204-953-5875 or email
Media Schedule
Thomas on television answering viewer questions:
Relationship Matters – Every Monday at 9:15 am on WNEM TV5 Better Mid-Michigan
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