Educator Newsletter #121
May 12, 2014
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: How to End a Tough Year
5. Sign of the Times
6. You, Training Teachers
1. Quote
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."
 
Edith Ann (Lily Tomlin)
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
Do you care enough about  these students to release them to go where they need to go, learn what they need to learn, and be where they need to be? Will you let go of them emotionally so they can move on to their own lessons?
 
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.
 
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a white Saturn Outlook in Dallas, TX:
 
SUPOSABLY
Is still not a word
4.  Article: How to End a Tough Year
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
So maybe it wasn't your best year ever. You didn't agree with your evaluation and protested in writing. Students acted up, threw up, and turned up their noses at the curriculum you were instructed to teach. You became sicker of the testing mania that has overtaken sound educational practice than did the students. And they were off the chart on the test-nausea index. Parents complained and attempted to prevent their children from experiencing the logical consequences of their actions. Your administrator caved and did not back you up. You were denied permission to attend the Teacher Talk Advantage Training of Trainers workshop offered this summer in Bay City, MI. You invested hundreds of dollars of your own money on supplies for your students while the school board invested thousands of dollars on testing booklets. No, it wasn't your best year ever.
 
So with the days dwindling down to the end of the school year, how do you want to go out? What is the best way to end a tough year? What is a healthy way to bring closure to what has seemed like an unhealthy experience? Our suggestion: end with an attitude of gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for even in the worst of times. Go out with gratitude.
 
No one in your school gets enough appreciation. Not you, the administrator, secretaries, other teachers, cooks, custodians, coaches, counselors, bus drivers, crossing guards, speech therapists, volunteers, lunch room monitors, the PTO president, and others. No one.
 
There are people in your work environment who could use a kind word, a phrase of encouragement, or a note of appreciation. It will benefit them if you deliver it before the school year comes to a close. It will benefit YOU if you deliver it before the school year comes to a close.
 
Go on a gratitude cruise during the final week. Identify coworkers who could use some affirmation for their efforts this year. When you create and deliver them, keep the following guidelines in mind. 
  1. Stay away from evaluative comments such as super, fantastic, great, wonderful, inspirational, beautiful, awesome, kind, thoughtful, best, incredible, etc. Those words only judge, rate, rank, and evaluate. Your colleagues and coworkers deserve more than judgment. 
  1. Identify at least three comments that describe behaviors the person has demonstrated and tell what effect those behaviors have had on your life. Be specific. This is where you recognize and affirm what they have done rather than evaluate it. 
  1. Use the words "thank you" and "I appreciate." 
  1. Put your comments in a note or deliver them verbally. 
Examples:
 
Custodian: "Thank you for cleaning my room and the restroom every night. I can really see the difference each morning. Coming into a room that you have cleaned is the way I like to begin my day. I appreciate your efforts."
 
Physical education teacher: "I appreciate the new games you brought to my fifth-graders this year. I noticed they required cooperation instead of competition, while still requiring movement and thinking. The students were worn out and ready to listen when they returned from the gym. Thank you."
 
Teacher across the hall: "Thank you for the idea you gave me about how to help Phillip take more control of his behavior. It made my job easier and helped him manage his anger. It was a win/win for both of us. I appreciate your help."
 
PTO president: "Thank you for organizing the book fair. Several of my students came back excited about a new book they obtained. I used one of them to read to the entire class. They were mesmerized. I appreciate you heading up that big project."
 
Crossing guard: "You have been here in rain, snow, and sun. Thank you for helping our students safely cross this busy intersection. It's been fun watching you talking and laughing with the kids, building relationship as you concentrate on your main job of getting them safely across the street. I appreciate that."
 
Counselor: "I appreciate the project you took on of organizing a grief support group. You helped Bonita find a safe place during an important time in her life. Your empathic listening was right on target for her. Thank you for that contribution to our school."
 
Spouse: "Thank you for listening to me without interrupting when I decided to vent. You helped me express my frustration and work through it. Because you listened without giving advice, I was able to clarify my concerns and create solutions. I appreciate you being there for me."
 
There are people in your work life who want to hear from you. Bringing closure to your tough year by expressing gratitude just might help them bring a positive end to their tough year. Both of you are worth 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 their 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
  
 
5. Sign of the Times
6. You, Training Teachers
Yes, you! 
 
Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training
 
July 14 - 16, 2014
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Center 2470 Old Bridge Road
Bay City, Michigan 48706
 
Chick Moorman
 
Contact Chick at:
 
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
 
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Contact Thomas at:
 
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Spirit Whisperers in Action eBook
 
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
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  • We have compiled 83 stories of Spirit Whisperers taking active steps to become the teacher they always wanted to be.
  • Some have implemented techniques exactly as detailed in Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child's Spirit
  • Others have adapted and improvised.
  • Still others have designed unique and creative lessons that embody the spirit of Spirit Whisperers.
  • All of these professional educators model helpful techniques, inspiring attitudes, and Spirit Whisperer energy. 
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  • The Teacher Talk Advantage
  • The Only Three Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need
  • Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers: Keynote Address
  • Practical Strategies for Managing Angry, Aggressive and Impulsive Students
  • Motivating the Unmotivated
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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.
  • Over 400 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
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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:
 
26 - Articles
20 - Video Clips
19 - Current Event Audio Reactions
22 - Q&A Audio Responses
435 - Teacher Talk Quick Tips
102 - Fan Page Photos
 
Workshops 
May 12 - Burlington, VT.
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.
May 13 - 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 www.ber.org.
May 14 - Whie 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 www.ber.org.
May 15 - Baltimore, MD.
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.
May 16 - 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 www.ber.org.
May 20 - Albany, NY.
Teaching and Learning the Skills Needed for Academic Success: Self-Discipline, Perseverance, Confidence, Hope, and Resilience Grades K-12 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.
May 21 - Manchester, NH.
Teaching and Learning the Skills Needed for Academic Success: Self-Discipline, Perseverance, Confidence, Hope, and Resilience Grades K-12 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.
May 22 - Chicago, IL (Chicago South).
Teaching and Learning the Skills Needed for Academic Success: Self-Discipline, Perseverance, Confidence, Hope, and Resilience Grades K-12 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.
May 23 - Chicago, IL (Chicago North).
Teaching and Learning the Skills Needed for Academic Success: Self-Discipline, Perseverance, Confidence, Hope, and Resilience Grades K-12 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 4 – 7 - Cancun, Mexico.
Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training presented by Chick Moorman. For full details contact parenttalks@gmail.com.
 
June 18 - Burlington, WI.
Group Skills for Independent Learners: How to Make Cooperation More Student Centered presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). For more information contact Deb Enghen at 608-243-7862 or email deborahengen@hotmail.com.
 
June 20 - Joliet, IL.
The Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Advantage Discipline, University of St. Francis. For information contact Sarah Knapp at 616-540-3974 or email sarah.advantagediscipline@yahoo.com.
 
June 25 - Oregon, WI.
Group Skills for Independent Learners: How to Make Cooperation More Student Centered presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). For more information contact Deb Enghen at 608-243-7862 or email deborahengen@hotmail.com.
 
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.
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