Educator Newsletter #130
August 17, 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: The New Language Arts: Verbal Empowerment Skills
5. Ten New Teacher Talk Advantage Tips
6. The Spirit Whisperer Sanctuary
7. Summer Sale Ends in Two Weeks
 
1. Quote
"Spirit Whisperers know there is something more important than whether a student learns math or not. Their main effort is geared toward helping a student believe that they can learn math. Learning you can learn, believing you can learn, is the real learning goal. Learning math along the way is a bonus."
 
Chick Moorman
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
What if what you know in your gut is more important than what you can read in a book? Do you know how to read your gut? Do your students know how to read theirs? If not, this year, why not make it your job to teach them?
 
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.
 
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a blue Plymouth Neon in Columbus, OH:
 
History Is a Vast
Early Warning System
4.  Article: The New Language Arts: Verbal Empowerment Skills
 
 
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
Yes, students need to know where to put commas, apostrophes, and quotation marks. Of course it is important that they learn the correct usage of there, their, and they’re. And who would take the position that it doesn’t matter if high school graduates say "I seen" or "I saw?" No one. These skills are all valuable parts of a quality language arts program.
We know that.
 
We also know that writing an attention-getting sentence at the beginning of an essay, one that invites the reader to keep reading, is a useful skill. So is learning how to listen respectfully. And we would never diminish the value of reading and discussing To Kill a Mockingbird.
 
Yet, with all the important concepts being taught in language arts programs around the country, there appears to be a hole in what is being delivered to students K-12. That gap is not significantly addressed by the Common Core, and we do not find it in curriculum guides we have examined. That oversight is what we call Verbal Empowerment Skills.
 
Verbal Empowerment Skills are made up of language patterns—everyday words and phrases that help students increase their sense of personal power, increase their confidence, and build beliefs in themselves as capable, responsible, and valuable. Some examples follow.
 
1.  You often hear the language of "unableism."
 
"I can't find any."
"I'm not good with fractions."
"I don't understand it."
 
These are critical opportunities to teach students the most valuable use of yet, so far, and at this time. Invite them to add one of these qualifying language pieces to the end of their sentence. Now their communication becomes:
 
"I can't find any yet."
"I'm not good with fractions so far."
"I don't understand it at this time."
 
These additions increase possibility in their lives and invite students to see themselves as more than "that way." It is the initial language arts step to help them move from an "I can't" belief to one of "I can."
 
2.  Another often overlooked Verbal Empowerment Skill is the elimination of the inaccurate and destructive use of makes me and made me.
 
"He made me do it."
"You’re gonna make me get in trouble."
"That makes me angry."
 
Makes me is language that tricks students into seeing someone or something else as being in control of their responses to life. Repetitious use of this inappropriate language pattern creates the belief that outside forces or people are responsible for their reactions. Once a student has internalized that belief, her behaviors flow from it.
 
Help students rid themselves of erroneous debilitating language by eliminating that phrase in your own speech and in the verbalization of others in your classroom. Teach language lessons that contain emotionally and mentally healthy communication. Help them learn to say, "I chose to do it," "I'm gonna get myself in trouble," and "I am angry." A quality language arts program helps students use language that shows ownership of their feelings and behaviors and leaves them with an increased sense of personal power.
 
3.  Teach students another important Verbal Empowerment Skill by helping them learn appropriate language options to "shoulding" on themselves and on others.
 
"My mother should have reminded me."
"We ought to apologize to him."
"I should do neater work."
 
Should and ought to are thinly disguised ways to get after students, shame them, and encourage them to feel bad. The use of those words is an invitation for them to put pressure on themselves and increase their anxiety. Students have learned this language lesson well and now use it to do guilt to themselves.
 
To help students reduce anxiety and pressure, help them learn to say could instead of should. Could is a word that describes the situation. It implies no evaluation. "I could do neater work" tells what is possible in the here and now. It helps illuminate the choice that is at hand. When you see yourself at choice, you have a greater sense of personal power.
 
4.  Verbally empower your students by helping them get attribute theory working in their lives. Students who feel unempowered and don't often succeed attribute the things that happen to them in their lives to luck, magic, circumstance, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or no cause of their own. They make statements such as:
 
"She gave me a D."
"I sure was fortunate."
"My teacher doesn't like athletes."
"She has brains."
"His dad's a teacher."
 
Students who talk this way would benefit from a language arts program that includes learning the Verbal Empowerment Skill of attribute awareness.
 
Students with a strong inner sense of personal power and who often experience success attribute the things that happen to them to effort, energy, persistence, study, commitment, and behaviors over which they have some control. They make statements such as:
 
"I chose a C."
"He studied harder than I did."
"My preparation was thorough."
"I'll stick to it until I get it."
 
These students have learned and internalized a style of speaking that helps them see and feel the role they play in creating their own outcomes.
 
5.  So you teach students about rhyme, synonyms, contractions, metaphors and the like. All well and good. But does your language arts program contain information and skill practice on the primary preventer of personal power in the English language? Too.
 
"It was too late to begin my report."
"This chapter is too boring."
 
Your students are using too to prevent seeing themselves as able.
 
"My foot hurt too much to come to school."
 
They use it to prevent themselves from taking full responsibility for how they act.
 
"I was too mad to apologize."
 
They use it as an excuse to justify actions or inactions.
 
"There was too much noise in the media center."
 
They use it to rationalize a result.
 
"My teachers assigned too much work for one weekend."
 
The five language concepts above could make useful additions to your language arts program and to the lives of your students. Unless, of course, you have too many things to teach already. Or you didn’t have any luck changing the curriculum. That can really make a person mad. The committee should have listened to you. I guess you can't. Yet.
 
 
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.  10 Teacher Talk Advantage Tips
Teacher Talk Tip #1:
Replace "Because I said so, that's why" with "Convince me." Listen and learn.
 
Teacher Talk Tip #2:
"Let's gather at the rug to talk about this" instead of "Put your heads down."
 
Teacher Talk Tip #3:
"Joe always helps pick up the messes you guys make." Points your students to a positive character trait in their classmates.
 
Teacher Talk Tip #4:
Talking with your students is like using a tube of toothpaste. Taking it back is much more difficult than letting it out.
 
Teacher Talk Tip #5:
Use big words for small children. The language you use is what they have to select from when they become writers/readers.
 
Teacher Talk Tip #6:
"You're so frustrated, you say mean things" is more effective than "You're really in trouble now, young lady."
 
Teacher Talk Tip #7:
"You must be really angry to talk to me like that" is more effective than "Don't you talk to me like that."
 
Teacher Talk Tip #8:
"I wonder what you learned from this” is more effective than "I hope you learned a lesson here."
 
Teacher Talk Tip #9:
Replace "You shouldn't have said that" with "I wonder how he would have reacted if you had said it this way?"
 
Teacher Talk Tip #10:
Instead of saying, "You should have told her," say, "I wonder what would have happened if you had told her?"
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 www.spiritwhisperersanctuary.com. 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 www.spiritwhisperersanctuary.com. Tell your colleagues.
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(softcover book)
 
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Best wishes for a great summer.
 

 
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
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1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
Chick Moorman
 
Contact Chick at:
 
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
e-mail ipp57@aol.com
www.chickmoorman.com 
www.twitter.com/chickmoorman
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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
 
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THOMAS' WEBSITE.
Copyright
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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 thomas@thomashaller.com or call him at 989-686-5356 to find out more about this dynamic presentation.

 
CLICK HERE TO WATCH TOM IN ACTION.
Book of the Month
 
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.
 
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All of these professional educators model helpful techniques, inspiring attitudes, and Spirit Whisperer energy.
 
This new e-book can be uploaded to your computer today.
 
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ANNOUNCING - The Abracadabra Effect Website

www.theabracadabraeffect.com
 
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"
 
• "Complaining"
 
• "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 ipp57@aol.com and he will send you the FULL details about this exciting opportunity.
Workshops 
Aug. 25 - East Lansing, MI 
Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Stepping Stone Montessori. For information contact Colleen Carlson at 517-336-0422 or email ccarlson@elsteppingstones.org.
 
Aug. 26 - Ann Arbor, MI 
Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Christian Montessori School of Ann Arbor. For information contact Laura Bengel at 734-332-9600 or email lbengel@cmsaa.org.

Oct. 9 - Crestwood, IL
Motivating the Unmotivated, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. For information contact Carol Costello atccostello@eisencoop.org.
 
Nov. 4 - Burlington, VT
Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will", 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Nov. 5 - Manchester, NH
Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will", 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Nov. 6 - Portland, ME
Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will", 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Nov. 12 - Anaheim, CA
Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will", 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Nov. 13 - Pasadena, CA
Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will", 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Nov. 30 - Syracuse, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 1 - Chicago South, IL
Motivating the Unmotivated, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 2 - Chicago North, IL
Motivating the Unmotivated, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 3 - St. Louis, MO
Motivating the Unmotivated, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.
 
Dec. 4 - Denver, CO 
Motivating the Unmotivated, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org.

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 www.wnem.com 
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