Educator Newsletter #126
January 5, 2015
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: When Do You Correct the Journals?
5. Self-Talk for Students and for Teachers
6. The Teacher Talk Advantage Seminar on Video 
1. Quote
"Teachers, their unions under attack, are becoming as replaceable as minimum-wage employees at Burger King. We spurn real teachers--those with the capacity in inspire children to think, those who help the young discover their gifts and potential--and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point. The No Child Left Behind program, modeled on the 'Texas Miracle' is a fraud. It worked no better than our de-regulated financial system. But when you shut out debate those dead ideas are self-perpetuating."
Chris Hodges
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
Can you see yourself as a miracle today? Can you get in touch with the gift to the world you truly are? Will you re-mind yourself of your value today?
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a Chevy Blazer in Newark, NJ:
I'm a Teacher
Not a Tester.
4.  Article: "When Do You Correct the Journals?"________________________
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Dear Sirs,
I teach in a fifth/sixth grade building in the Midwest. I have my kids use journals to improve their writing skills. They write at the end of the day, after the room is cleaned up and the buses haven’t arrived yet. This usually means they get to write for 5-7 minutes. Sometimes I allow them to write about anything they want. Other times I ask them to write about a specific topic. Like yesterday when an incident happened on the playground that I didn’t fully understand. I asked them to share their opinion about it.
I take their journals home each night and write a message back to them. I don't write as much as they do. They write a paragraph or two. I write a sentence or two. It helps me stay connected to each student and insure that I touch each one of them every day.
My new principal doesn't get it. He thinks journal writing is a waste of time. The other day he asked me, "When do you correct the journals?" That question right there shows you in a nutshell what kind of year we have had so far.
He has no idea that if you red-pencil journals kids stop writing. The minute they feel judged they shut down. Journal writing is not about making errors and fixing them. It is mainly about connecting and building trust and relationship. I build trust by telling my students if they don’t want me to read their entry that night to simply fold the page over and paper clip it shut. When I come to a folded page I do not read what is inside. I write on the folded page. "Thank you for trusting me enough to do this. I appreciate it." That is all. In seven years I have never even been tempted to unfold a page and read the comments.
I remember you saying at one of your workshops I attended that relationship with an adult who cares is the number one reason why students behave in school and work to achieve. I believe that wholeheartedly. Journals are only one of the ways I work to connect emotionally with my students. I do not judge their comments. I do not give advice or tell them what to do. I communicate empathy, encouragement and faith in their ability to handle things. What they write to me and I write back to them is private. Everyone in this room respects others students' right to privacy and using journals is a great way to communicate the importance of that important learning.
I make one exception to the privacy rule and I only chose to use it once. One year a student confided in his journal that he was being hit regularly by his stepfather. I am obligated under law to report that. I did. I had a private meeting with this student before I informed my supervisor and explained what I was going to do and why it was necessary. I impressed upon him that his health and safety was my most important concern. He seemed to understand. And all turned out well in the end.
I notice punctuation, grammar and spelling errors in their journal writing. While I do not correct them in the journals I use that data to drive my curriculum. I add some of the misspelled words to the spelling list. I teach specific lessons on common grammar and punctuation errors. Some of my language arts instruction is based on what these students show me they need to learn rather than on what the materials I am given indicate that all students at this grade level need to learn. Whoever created these materials and standards do not know my students the way I do. The people who designed those materials have never been in my room or seen any of my students' journal entries.
I work hard to help my students develop a love for writing. I would welcome and enjoy more understanding, cooperation and appreciation from my new principal. I am a loss about what to do. Help please.
Frustrated in the Midwest
Dear Frustrated in the Midwest,
We both agree. Show him this communication. Today.
Let him know which words you add to the spelling list each week. Invite him in to see a language arts lesson you crafted based on students’ journal writing. Show him samples of students' writing (not journals) early in the year and samples of their writing now. Let him compare before and after.
Make him his personal journal. Challenge him to write in it at the end of each day for five minutes and give it to you to take home. Reply as you would with students. Use appreciation, affirmation and encouragement in your comments. Communicate your faith in him to handle things.
Check out our new webpage: Designed to affirm, uplift, honor and encourage all you Spirit Whisperers who are out there feeling alone. In this sanctuary you will find ideas, articles, resources, posters, quotes and appreciation. Check it out. Pass it on to your administrator and others. Copy something from this site once a week and give it to him.
We have also created a new Facebook page: Spirit Whisperer Oasis. For those of you who use Facebook, go to the page and LIKE it. When you do, let your finger hover over LIKE until the "get notifications" choice appears. Click that and you will get daily reminders and ideas about teachers and parents who are working to put Spirit back in that important educational trilogy of mind, body, and spirit.
Best wishes and keep the faith,
Chick and Thomas
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: and
The Teacher Talk Advantage
5.  Self-Talk for Students and for Teachers
6. The Teacher Talk Advantage Seminar on Video
Attention school administrators.
Listen up professional educators.
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Thomas Haller in Action
This power-packed 16-minute video will show you what Thomas Haller can do for your Student Council, National Honor Society, or other student leader organization.
Watch the customized talk he gives to welcome new Ecclesia members into this important organization at Bay City Central High School.
Know he can do this for your student organization and leave members feeling valued, affirmed and important.
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Book of the Month
The Abracadabra Effect: The 13 Verbally Transmitted Diseases and How to Cure Them
Which of the statements below have you made recently? 
  • "She hurt my feelings."
  • "It's too hot/cold to do that."
  • "I can’t sing/cook/dance/close that deal."
  • "That really makes me mad."
  • "I'm not a morning person."
  • "I need a vacation."
  • "He should have called me first."
  • "You did a good job on that report."
  • "If this meeting runs overtime, I'm not going to be happy." 
Do you recognize your teacher voice in any of the statements above? If so, you are verbally spreading dis-ease.
If you don't know you are sick, there is nothing you can do about it.
If you don't know you are contagious, you will continue to infect ALL the important people you love and care about.
If you don't know you are sick, there is NO WAY to get well.
The Abracadabra Effect: 13 Verbally Transmitted Diseases and How to Cure Them contains the information and prescriptions necessary to eliminate dis-ease from your life. Begin today to increase your personal power and self-responsibility. Model healthy speaking, thinking, believing, and living to your students, family and coworkers.
ANNOUNCING - The Abracadabra Effect Website
Reasons to visit this helpful site: 
  1. Take the Verbally Transmitted Language Quiz.
Are you a carrier and a spreader of verbally transmitted diseases? Not sure? You can find out here with the Verbally Transmitted Language Quiz. 
  1. Listen to the video welcome by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman. 
  2. Check out supportive quotes from different times, places and people. For example:
"When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness."
--Eckhart Tolle 
  1. Read related articles of the Abracadabra Effect in use. 20 currently posted and growing, including . . . 
  • "Pre-Seed your Day"
  • "The Art of Language"
  • "Complaining"
  • "Effective Encouragement"
  • "One Thought Away"
  • "Stop Shoulding on Your Children" 
  1. Access a Question & Answer section. 
  2. Visit other important sections, including: About the Authors, Authors' Schedules, Testimonials, and Contact information.   
Parent Talk System Training of Trainers One-on-One via Skype
"Thank you so much for all that you are, to me and my work. I am finding the training so valuable in ALL aspects of my life. See you Friday!"
Those are the final three sentences of a communication Chick received from a client in Australia at the completion of one of our Skype sessions. He has just about finished the Parent Talk System Training of Trainers and her questions are stretching him to expand his knowledge and application of the important verbal skills he teach others. Win/win.
In addition to polishing the verbal skills Chick so strongly believes in, he is learning about the advantages of one-on-one training sessions. They include:
The client gets all their questions answered NOW.
  • They get full-time access to the originator of the material.
  • Neither of us has to travel.
  • We both sit in comfortable chairs in our offices.
  • There is a week in between each session, providing ample time to implement the skills.
  • Regular e-mails answer questions and concerns, and adjustments can be made immediately.
  • Personalizing the material is at its peak.
  • One-on-one allows for greater personal connection than one-with-twenty.
You could be one of the one-on-one clients to work with Chick Moorman this new year. Four people (it's already down to two) are all he will do this with in the coming year. Interested? E-mail Chick Moorman at and he will send you the FULL details about this exciting opportunity.
Jan. 16 - Cancun, Mexico. 
The Power Of Your Words to Create a Year of Brilliancy Presented by Chick Moorman. Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico. For more information email
Jan. 20 - Cancun, Mexico. 
Advanced Parent Talk Presented by Chick Moorman , 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information contact Leticia Molina Diaz or Rebeca Montero Miranda at 001-52-998-275-0468.
Jan. 21 - Cancun, Mexico. 
Advanced Parent Talk Presented by Chick Moorman , 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information contact Leticia Molina Diaz or Rebeca Montero Miranda at 001-52-998-275-0468.
Jan. 22 - Cancun, Mexico. 
Advanced Parent Talk Presented by Chick Moorman , 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information contact Leticia Molina Diaz or Rebeca Montero Miranda at 001-52-998-275-0468.
Feb. 4 - Madison Heights, MI.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound Presented by Chick Moorman, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Four Corners Montessori Academy. For more information contact Chris Schoenherr Miller at 248-542-7001 or email chrisschoenherr@choice
Feb. 5 - Battle Creek, MI.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound Presented by Chick Moorman, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Battle Creek Montessori Academy. For more information contact Ann Pilzner at 269-339-3308 or email
Feb. 7 - Greenwood, SC.
Teacher Talk Advantage Presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Spring Montessori Conference 2015 - Lander University. For more information contact Martine Fezler at 864-388-8628 or email
Feb. 25 - Livonia, MI.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound Presented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. The Felician Sisters Child Care Centers, Montessori Center of our Lady. For more information contact Maria Sicillano Mueller at 734-793-3851 or email
Media Schedule
Thomas on television answering viewer questions:
Family Matters Segment – Every Wednesday at 12:15pm on WNEM TV5 News at Noon
Family Matters Segment – Every Saturday at 8:45am on WNEM TV5 Weekend Wake-up
Family Matters Segment – Every Sunday at 7:45 & 8:45am on WNEM TV5 Weekend Wake-up
Relationship Matters Segment – Every Monday at 9:00am on WNEM TV5 Better Mid-Michigan
Past segments can be viewed on-line at 
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