Educator Newsletter #128
May 15, 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: Concentrate on What You Got
5. Using Encouraging Words When Assisting at Home
6. The Spirit Whisperer Sanctuary
7. The Teacher Talk Advantage Seminar on Video
1. Quote
"As we tend to value the results of education for their measurableness, so we tend to undervalue and at last ignore those results which are too intrinsically valuable to be measured."
~ Edmond G. A. Holmes,
Chief Inspector of Elementary Schools for Great Britain, 1911
(Note from Editors: So who is the slow learner?)
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
Who can you support today in helping their dreams come true? A student? A parent? A colleague? By helping them believe in their dream, you just might be helping them believe in yours.
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a Chevy Nova in Alpena, MI:
Let Us Pause Now for
A Moment of Science
4. Article: Concentrate on What You Got
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
It's that time of year again. The students know summer break is imminent. So do the parents. And so do you.
It's the perfect time to reflect. You could reflect on your successes with those students who grew immensely. You could dwell on the ones you wished had made more progress academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. You could count your wins or tally your losses. You could look at yourself and realize how much you gave to your professional practice this school year.  You gave time, energy, money, effort, and more. You probably busted your butt. Most educators do.
This year we suggest reflecting on a topic that is not as often examined. How about looking back at what you received? Yes, what did you get this year? What was given to you?
Maybe you received an appreciative note from a parent, a piece of artwork from a student, or a few helpful words from your administrator. Perhaps you got a beautiful rose on Teacher Appreciation Day or a book of educational humor from your Secret Santa. Perhaps you received the opportunity to attend a meaningful staff development day. You probably remember those and have already counted them. But did you recall and count any of the gifts that follow?
Perhaps you received some of these:
A colleague's shoulder to lean on when you were frustrated.
A subtle smile from a student who received your feedback in a way that separated the deed from the doer.
An opportunity to hold a student accountable for his actions without wounding his spirit.
More challenging questions than predictable answers coming from students.
The courage and opportunity to step back and allow students to struggle.
Listening, given by a coworker when you really wanted to hear yourself vent.
A student asking for help when you weren't aware they required it.
Numerous opportunities to fix the problem rather than fix blame.
An idea from a colleague that helped your improving readers continue to improve.
Invitations to stand up and speak up when the administration announced there would be an increase in student testing this year.
More data that "being right" doesn't work.
Realizing that you were only one thought away from finding the peace and the calm that helped you deal with an important situation productively.
Donations of Kleenex, wipes and juice cans from parents.
Classroom situations that helped you model solution seeking instead of punishment.
A timely hug from someone who knew.
The opportunity to pass that hug on to someone else.
Helpful information from parents describing how your homework assignments negatively impact their family time.
An unspoken invitation to become part of the revolution. 
You know which one.
Noticing a student increase her consciousness and become fully aware of her behavior and the effect it has on others.
The responsibility of leadership in your professional organization.
The courage to follow your intuition over intellect.
Frustration that helped you move to a new stance and attitude.
Situations that called you to speak your truth.
A ton of chances to start again today, anew.
The opportunity to see attack as a call for help.
Conditions that required you to employ flexibility.
Invitations to take actions on behalf of students.
The realization that it is all perfect.
Newsletters, encouragement and appreciation from Chick and Thomas.
This summer break, fill yourself up with thoughts of what you received this school year. Fill to overflowing. Listing, picturing, thinking and talking about what you received will help you feel abundant. It will help you stay conscious of the many gifts sent your way. Since what you concentrate on expands, you can expect more in the future. Appreciate the gifts and enjoy your 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 their newsletters or learn more about the seminars they offer teachers and parents, visit their websites today: and
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5.  Using Encouraging Words When Assisting at Home
Editors' note: Beth Guerrierro and Sue Bakshi are Suzuki teachers of violin and piano. They work one-on-one with students and expect students to practice at home. Parent cooperation and attention is essential. The following list is one they compiled and send home to parents to help them learn verbal skills to effectively encourage their children.
Yes, band and violin instructors could send this home with their students for parents to consider. We also see a use for parents helping their children with homework. Feel free to use the list however you see fit.
Using Encouraging Words
By Beth Guerrierro,
Revised by Sue Bakshi
(Hint: don't evaluate Good/Bad, but concentrate on the effort and strive to be specific and constructive.)
Phrases that demonstrate Acceptance:
I noticed you handled _____________ by ______ (be specific).
Looks like you enjoyed learning ____________.
That must feel ______ (good, sad, frustrating, exciting).
Here's what I heard. What do you think? 
What are some ways you can work on it?
That mistake is a valuable one. It shows what can be worked on.
Phrases that show Confidence:
Pretend like you can do it.
You got this, kid.
I believe you can do it.
That's a rough one. I'm sure you'll find a way.
Phrases that focus on Contributions and Appreciation:
I would like your help on __________ (be specific).
I am not remembering how to ___________.  Could you show me?
Thanks, I really appreciate it. (Add specifically what you appreciate.)
Thanks, _________ helped a lot because ______ (give reason).
It was helpful of you to _____________.
Phrases that recognize Effort and Improvement:
It sounds as if you really worked hard on that.
It looks as if you spent a lot of time thinking that through.
Look at the progress you've made: ________________
(Record first effort and current effort. Let the child compare and contrast.)
Listen to how far you've come.
It seems like you're having fun.
Sounds like you practiced frequently.
I hear improvement here. 
6.  The Spirit Whisperer Sanctuary

You Will Find Hope Here

If you are one of those Spirit Whisperers that is losing hope, know that you are not alone. Come to You will find hope here along with connectedness, encouragement, and useful ideas. This spot is for YOU!
Spirit Whisperers are "hope givers." They give us hope that we can create an educational system and a style of parenting that doesn't perceive failure, that grants dignity without it needing to be earned, that holds the child in a state of grace, even as appropriate consequences are implemented. Thank you for giving us all hope. 
Enjoy Tell your colleagues.
7. Teacher Talk Advantage Seminar on Video
Attention school administrators.
Listen up professional educators.
This could be the exact opportunity you have been waiting for—an opportunity to see Chick Moorman live in your office, classroom or media center. Now you too can partake of this stimulating live presentation without having to fight big-city traffic and pay big bucks to attend.
Announcing a full-day video seminar with Chick Moorman presenting The Teacher Talk Advantage before a live audience.
Finally, a video seminar that gives teachers an edge!
This video seminar will strengthen your teaching effectiveness and help you be better prepared to deal with the everyday challenges and stresses of being a professional educator. You will gain the knowledge and practical verbal skills that will allow you to walk confidently into your school with The Teacher Talk Advantage.
Now you and your staff can see Chick Moorman on video doing a full-day presentation helping teachers gain The Teacher Talk Advantage.
Chick Moorman
Contact Chick at:
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
Thomas Haller
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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.
Interested? E-mail Thomas Haller at or call him at 989-686-5356 to find out more about this dynamic presentation.

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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.
2.  Listen to the video welcome by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman.
3.  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
4.  Read related articles of the Abracadabra Effect in use. 20 currently posted and growing, including . . .
"Pre-Seed your Day"
"The Art of Language"
"Effective Encouragement"
"One Thought Away"
"Stop Shoulding on Your Children"
Parent Talk System Training of Trainers One-on-One via Skype
"Thank you so much for all that you are, to me and to 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 teaches 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 one opening) 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.
May 16 - Mt. Pleasant, MI
The Heart to Shape a Mind presented by Thomas Haller, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Mid Michigan Community College, Mt. Pleasant Campus. For more information contact Marni Taylor at 989-433-2962 x 320 or email Click here for the flyer.
June 15 - Gaborone, Botswana
Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 16 - Gaborone, Botswana
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 18 - Francistown, Botswana
Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 19 - Francistown, Botswana
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 23 - Manchester, NH
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. For information contact Krista Couturier at
July 16 - 18 - Bay City, MI
Parent Talk System Facilitator Training presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information contact or
July 20 - 22 - Bay City, MI
Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information contact or
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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