Educator Newsletter #131
October 2, 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: Questions to Encourage Self-Assessment and Self-Regulation
5. Pretend Tweets
6. The Spirit Whisperer Sanctuary 
7. Summer Sale Extended
 
1. Quote
"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, as weeds among stones.” 
 
∼ Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
What if you chose to feel honored today? You are a professional educator, a healer of the planet. You do make a difference in the lives of students and in our world. Isn’t it time to bless yourself for the work you do? How about today?
 
Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperers book.
 
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a blue Chrysler Town & Country in Sarasota, FL:
 
Let's eat Grandpa.
Let's eat, Grandpa.
Proper punctuation saves lives.
4. Article: Questions to Encourage Self-Assessment and Self-Regulation
 
 
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
Do you want to build students' inner authority? Do you want to help them learn to self-judge, self-regulate, self-assess, and develop self-evaluate skills? If so, use Teacher Talk verbal skills like those demonstrated in the questions and statements below.
 
1. How much time did you put into this?
 
2. How does this compare to what you did yesterday?
 
3. In what way could it be improved?
 
4. What do you feel is its strongest point? Why? Its weakest? Why?
 
5. What grade would you give it and why?
 
6. Rate your product on a scale of 1-10. Explain your choice.
 
7. Rate your effort on a scale of 1-10. Explain your choice.
 
8. Are you willing to put your name on it? Why or why not?
 
9. What is one way you could make it more in-depth?
 
10. What could you do next time to improve it?
 
11. How could you remember to do that?
 
12. Do you agree or disagree with the comments I wrote on your paper? Explain.
 
13. On the whole, what could you say about your effort to learn in this class?
 
14. What evidence can you cite to prove that your project is quality work?
 
15. Compare this book report to the one you did three months ago. How are they the same/different?
 
16. What pattern do you see in these four assignments you completed?
 
17. What did you do to create a distraction-free environment when you worked on this?
 
18. What sentence in your paper do you think is most important? Explain.
 
19. What are you most proud of with this assignment? Explain.
 
20. If you had a chance to do one thing over, what would it be? How come?
 
21. What important learning occurred as you completed this?
 
22. What do you want people who read this to come away with?
 
23. What did you find most confusing about this assignment?
 
24. To what degree was this assignment a challenge for you? Explain.
 
25. What got in your way as you were working on this? How did you handle that?
 
26. Sum up what you think the benefit of this assignment was for you.
 
27. What skill do you possess that helped you achieve this result?
 
28. What action could you take to improve your effort on the next assignment?
 
29. What do you want me to know about what you learned?
 
30. What do you want to ask me about this assignment? Why do you want to know?
 
31. Who could benefit from reading about your project? Explain.
 
32. What text message could you send me that evaluates your paper?
 
33. How close do you think you came in covering the four criteria we had listed on the board? Explain.
 
34. Would this be one of the 10 papers you put in your portfolio? Why or why not?
 
35. How could you reduce into one phrase what you learned or relearned about your persistence?
 
36. How would you evaluate the contributions you made to your group today?
 
37. How would you rate yourself as a study buddy? Explain.
 
38. What goals will you set for next week regarding self-regulation?
 
39. What effect do you think it would have if you accomplished those goals?
 
40. Which one of our class norms do you think is most important? Explain.
 
41. Which one offers you the most room for improvement? How do you know?
 
42. What evidence do you see that you are contributing to a cooperative atmosphere here?
 
43. What qualities do you possess that help you to be a serious student?
 
44. What excuses for procrastination do you use most often? Share an experience.
 
45. What do you say to yourself if a test, assignment, or project appears difficult?
 
46. What adjectives would you use to describe yourself as a scholar?
 
47. What accomplishment this semester best reveals who you are as a student?
 
48. Give a common misconception people have of you. Why do you think they have that misconception?
 
49. Identify one learning gap you want to close this semester. How do you prevent yourself from closing it?
 
50. In your opinion, is this list of 50 self-assessment questions really valuable, somewhat valuable, or not the least bit valuable? Explain.
 
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. Pretend Tweets
Have students choose a real person and have them construct pretend tweets to that individual beginning with "I urge you to . . ." Challenge students to construct their message in 30 or fewer characters. Tweets may be written to politicians, local officials, the school board, entertainers, TV executives, friends, or relatives. Messages need to reflect something students value or feel is important.
 
Variations:
 
Stop in the middle of a story. Name a character and have students write the character an "I urge" tweet.
 
Frustrated with the textbook? Have students write an "I urge" tweet to the publisher.
 
After you have passed back a test and reviewed it, have students write an "I urge" message to themselves.
 
Ask your students to write an "I urge" tweet to the teachers at the next grade level.
 
Read an article from the newspaper aloud. Have students respond with an "I urge" telegram.
 
Have students send a tweet to the head of the hot-lunch program.
 
Invite them to send one to themselves before they take an important test.
 
Additional tweet options include:
 
Construct “gratitude” tweets for the custodian, bus driver, lunchroom workers, or guest teacher.
 
Have students create a tweet for you summarizing the article you read aloud.
 
Design a tweet that predicts what you think will happen next in a story.
 
Have students use a tweet message to share a frustration they are having with this material.
 
Have students build a tweet to congratulate themselves on something they are proud of.
 
Just for the fun of it, why not write and share a tweet communicating your pleasure with your students’ attitudes in your class.
 
And while you are at it, how about sending one to us describing your reaction to this idea.
 
Whatever "I urge" variation or adaptation you choose to use, be sure to show students two or more quality examples of what you expect. It will help them develop a mental model of what quality work looks like.
6.  The Spirit Whisperer Sanctuary
Spirit Whisperers are the REAL leaders in your school building. Celebrate them. They are lighting the way to important learnings.
 

If you haven't seen the quote or message above, you haven't been visiting
 

 
 
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, and 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.
7. Summer Sale Extended
We continue to salute professional educators by reviving our no-nonsense knockout summer sale of professional materials. This incredible sale ended August 31. But now it is on again from October 1 to October 15. Act now and don’t miss out on these incredible products at affordable prices.
 
Are you ready for fantastic savings that will transform your teaching and your classroom? If so, keep reading.
 
 
Item #1: Teacher Talk Advantage Super Site Access
 
Designed and operated by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

This subscription-based web site opportunity is designed for serious Teacher Talk Advantage practitioners.

 
475 Teacher Talk Quick Tips
33 Articles
21 Questions and Answers
27 Video Clips
22 Current Events - Audio Responses

New content added bi-weekly.

Original price: $59.95
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Order now and get a FREE Teacher Talk Advantage book with you order.

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(hardcover book)
 
Jam packed with inspirational, practical verbal skills that give you an edge. Effective strategies for dealing with the everyday challenges and stresses of being a professional educator.

Original Price: $24.95
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Item #3: The Teacher Talk Advantage Video Seminar
 
Featuring Chick Moorman Live

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.

The Basics package includes:
4 DVD disks (6 hours of instructional and motivational video)
A 118 page comprehensive workbook

Original Price: $129.95
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#4: Teacher Talk: What It Really Mean
(softcover book)
 
Explores the way teachers talk to students and exposes the underlying “silent messages” that accompany their spoken words. It details teacher’s talk -- the comments, questions, commands, and suggestions that teachers direct at students every day and reveals ways to strengthen typical language patterns

Original Price: $15.00
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Item #5: Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish A Child’s Spirit (hardcover book)
 
Learn how to put Spirit Whisperer energy to use in your professional practice as you nurture, uplift, inspire and help your students tune into the spirit and power within.

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Item #6: Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children (hardcover book)
 
Maybe you haven’t heard about it, read about it, or figured it out yet, but there is a powerful principle at work in your teaching or parenting life. The Attraction Principle is helping you create your own classroom or family reality. Now, with this exciting book, you can teach the Attraction Principle to your students/children.

Original Price: $25.97
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Item #6: The Abracadabra Effect: The 13 Verbally Transmitted Diseases and How to Cure Them (softcover book)
 
Contains the information and prescriptions necessary to eliminate dis-ease from your life. Increase your personal power and self-responsibility. Learn healthy speaking, and thinking skills and pass them on to your family and students.

Original Price: $19.95
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All prices are in US funds. Postage is additional.
 
Quantity Discount: Another 10% discount on all orders of 20 items or more.
 
Full money-back guarantee. No questions asked. Seriously. We have never had a product returned for any reason. You could be the first.
 
This sale starts now! Order today.
 
 
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
Contact Personal Power Press at:
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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CLICK HERE TO VISIT CHICK'S WEBSITE.
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.
Parent Programs: Bring one of these to your school this fall.
Most Popular Programs
 
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound
 
The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need
 
The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose
 
Transforming Aggression in Children: The Critical Strategies for Managing Aggressive Behavior
 
The 6 Best Parenting Strategies You’ll Ever Need: Effective and Practical Parenting Strategies
 
Help parents of students in your school get on the same page as the teachers. All workshops offer effective Verbal Empowerment Skills for raising responsible, caring, conscious children. Call Thomas Haller or Chick Moorman today.

 
Contact Thomas at:
989-686-5356
e-mail thomas@thomashaller.com
 
Contact Chick at:
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
e-mail ipp57@aol.com
 
The Teacher Talk Advantage
Facilitator Training
 
July 18 - 20, 2016
 
Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center
2470 Old Bridge Road
Bay City, MI 48706

 
 
 
 
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 
Oct. 9 - Crestwood, IL
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Eisenhower Cooperative. For information contact Carol Costello at ccostello@eisencoop.org.

 
Oct. 15  - Ann Arbor, MI
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Christian Montessori School of Ann Arbor. For information contact Laura Bengel at 734-332-9600 or email lbengel@cmsaa.org.
 
Oct. 18 - Chelsea, MI
Healthy Discipline Techniques for Parents and Grandparents presented by Thomas Haller, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Washington Street Education Center. For more information contact Courtney Aldrich at caldrich@chelseaumc.org.
 
Oct. 22  - Kalamazoo, MI
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Kalamazoo Public Schools Parent Group and SoWeMi. For information contact Deb Barber at dbarber@dowagiacschools.org.

Nov. 4 - Burlington, VT

Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will" 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.
 
Nov. 5 - Manchester, NH

Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will" 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.
 
Nov. 6 - Portland, ME

Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will" 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.
 
Nov. 12 - Anaheim, CA

Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will" 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.
 
Nov. 13 - Pasadena, CA

Helping Students Move from "I Can't" and "I Won't" to "I Can" and "I Will" 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.
 
Nov. 30 - Syracuse, 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.
 
Dec. 1 - Chicago South, IL

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.
 
Dec. 2 - Chicago North, IL

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.
 
Dec. 3 - St. Louis, MO

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.
 
Dec. 4 - Denver, CO 

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.
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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