www.chickmoorman.com --- www.thomashaller.com October 18, 2005
The Response-Able Educator Newsletter #46

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. Bumper Sticker
3. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
4. Teacher Talk Tip
5. Article: Hats Off to the Hat Makers
6. Did You Know?
7. Transforming Aggression in Children
8. We Get E-mail
9. Schedule of Events

1. Quote

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

2. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a blue Chevy Cavalier in Baton Rouge, LA:

There's 10 Types of People
Those That Know Binary, And Those That Don't

3. Spirit Contemplation

Do we want classrooms to be a place where students can successfully hide from their weaknesses or a place where they can safely bring them to consciousness and let them go? What can you do in your classroom today to create a greater degree of safety?

4. Teacher Talk Tip

"I won't bug him anymore."
"I won't be late again."
"I won't blurt out the answer next time."

Each of the statements above represents a student's honest desire to change an undesirable behavior. Teachers can help turn these positive intentions into positive actions by using Teacher Talk that invites students to think about and articulate alternative behaviors. Ask them, "What will you do?" This verbal skill moves students' thinking from what they will not do (hitting, being late, blurting out in class) to what they will do instead.

"What will you do?" is an invitation to students to articulate a plan of action that focuses on the positive. By stating that plan aloud, the student strengthens her commitment and is more likely to put her plan into action.


5. Article: Hats Off to the Hat Makers

by Chick Moorman

"Hey, I want to sew."
"Can I stay after school and do that?"
"I had to come today so I could finish my hat."

These words were spoken by seventh and eighth graders at Western Middle School, Jefferson County Public Schools, in Louisville, Kentucky. The students were part of a service-learning project conceived and implemented by math teacher Mary Beth Singleton.

Last year Mary Beth was searching for a service-learning project for her practical math class. She wanted a worthy project that would help students appreciate the beauty of serving others while experiencing real life applications of the mathematical concepts they were learning in class. That's when she noticed the women at her church knitting hats for chemo patients. Being a veteran math teacher, she had no trouble putting two and two together and have it equal a sewing project.

With $2500 in grant money from the Nike Jordan Foundation she bought three sewing machines and supplies. She then launched the project designed to teach students math and the notion that no matter what your present circumstances you can always find places where you can give back. As Mary Beth explains, "I wanted these kids to know that you can always find people with more needs than you have."

Mary Beth began this sewing project in two of her classes. The students, all boys, were in a supplemental, reinforcement math program that was an extension of their regular math classes.

Two boys began knitting caps. Since the initial cap makers seemed to be having so much fun, others wanted to join in. With only three sewing machines available for use at one time, multiple tasks were devised. Eventually, everyone would get a turn cutting, sewing, trimming, pinning, and printing messages on the caps.

During the course of the year, all students in the building had an opportunity to make hats for chemo patients that would later be delivered to eight sites throughout the state. During work time students constructed spreadsheets detailing expenses, products produced, and products delivered. They did cancer research via the Internet. Different size hats required a variety of measurements. Students figured circumferences and put them to use. They made and adjusted predictions. They researched fleece and cotton fabrics, purchased those deemed appropriate, and used them for construction. They planned, wrote, and produced a slide show presentation of the entire effort.

Mary Ann escorted the students, three at a time, during their planning periods so they could deliver their products personally and receive firsthand the appreciation and positive feedback. Thank-you notes were received from several parts of Indiana and Kentucky. Each note stressed the value of and appreciation for the students' efforts.

Another Western Middle School teacher currently using chemotherapy in her effort to fight cancer wore one of the hats. Her presence was a constant reminder of good deeds being done and skills being put to use.

One student with a behavior disorder stopped choosing inappropriate behavior during the time he worked on hats. Mary Ann relates, "He wanted to be a part of this effort so badly that he didn't get one discipline referral for 12 weeks."

From September to May, 746 hats were constructed and delivered. Forty-three students participated, recording numbers that had to do with purchases, expenses, hours, delivery, miles, products, sizes, goals, predictions, and final tallies. Yes, Western Middle School students learned a lot about numbers through this service-learning project. And they also learned there is more to math than just numbers.

Hats off to the hat makers!

6. Did You Know?

A.   Students at Chelsea High School in Boston, Massachusetts, get cash if they have an impeccable attendance record. That's right. Students who do not miss a single day per quarter receive $25 redeemable upon graduation. Whatever happened to knowledge itself being the quest? Doesn't this type of bribery communicate to students that school is so distasteful that we will pay you to show up?

B.   Reese Haller, eight-year-old author of Fred the MouseTM: The Adventures Begin, has produced a captivating educational DVD called The Traits of Writing Through the Eyes of a Young Author. In this inspiring DVD Reese explains how he used the six traits of writing when creating and publishing his first book. The 15-minute DVD is designed for teachers to use in the classroom. It can be shown in its entirety or stopped after each trait presentation for further discussion and writing exercises. Watch for a special introductory offer next month.

C.   According to the Department of Labor, a conservative national estimate of the cost of replacing public school teachers who have dropped out of the profession is $2.2 billion a year. If the cost of replacing teachers who transfer schools is added, the total reaches $4.9 million every year.

D.   So why are teachers leaving the profession? Many people think the answer is retirement, but the facts do not bear that out. Teachers who transferred schools report as primary reasons a lack of planning time, too heavy a workload, difficult students, and a lack of power with respect to school policy.

E.   There has been concern by many educators about parent involvement in schools. A reasonable cause for concern, perhaps. But what about parental involvement in parenting? Wouldn�t that be a good place for parents to put much of their energy? Want to help? Consider making a difference in the lives of parents and children in your community. Become a Parent Talk System trainer and learn to deliver verbal-skill solutions to parents from your school, church, or organization.

on the link below to find out more about our next Parent Talk System Facilitator Training.


7. Transforming Aggression in Children

There is still time to sign up for our Transforming Aggression in Children workshops.

Check dates and locations to see if one of these high-impact seminars is coming to an area near you.

Transforming Aggression in Children: Critical Strategies for Your School and Classroom - Grades K-12

Indianapolis, IN - November 10, 2005
, MI
- November 16, 2005
, GA - November 17, 2005

Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman present a full-day seminar that will give you . . .

* Practical tools to make your school a friendlier, safer place.

* Indispensable techniques to help you create a culture of accountability in your classroom.

* Usable strategies to help young people grow in their ability to handle anger constructively.

* Effective classroom interventions that teach students how to maintain self-control.

E-mail ipp57@aol.com today for a full brochure. Seating is limited. Find out about our early-bird discount and our multiple registration discounts.

The synergy created by the partnership of a therapist (Thomas) and an educator (Chick) is an experience you won't want to miss. Sign up now.

This workshop is destined to change the culture and climate of your classroom and your school in emotionally healthy, positive ways.

Click on the link below to access this brochure electronically.


8. We Get E-mail

Dear Chick and Thomas,

I am the teacher leader of our staff development committee here at (name withheld) Middle School. We would love to have one or both of you come to do your session on Transforming Aggression in Children. We have a big problem with bullying and students who use physical violence as an automatic response. Unfortunately, we don't have a budget. We can't pay anything, but you could sell your books. I loved Spirit Whisperers and use it all the time. My principal has asked me to check with you to see if you would be available in November.


Teacher Leader (name withheld)

Dear Teacher Leader,

We want to make this response authentic, yet as tactful as possible. Please choose not to take it personally.

Staff development without a budget is a sham. To toy with an important concept such as teacher empowerment and then withhold the funds necessary to meet the staff development needs is not empowerment at all. It is disempowerment. It disrespects teachers, students, and people who are expected to deliver the programs.

With staff development programs we have found that districts usually get what they pay for. Presenters know what they are worth. They know what kind of value they deliver, and arrange their fee schedule accordingly. When presenters come for free, there is usually a reason. It could be that they are just beginning a professional speaking career and are eager to practice on someone, or aren't sure of their value. Speakers with higher fee structures have been in the business for a long time, have honed their skills, tailor the presentation to the individual school, and often give more than is asked.

Staff development is our profession. We are really good at what we do, helping parents and educators learn verbal-skill solutions for the problems they face. We charge a fair fee for our expertise. Please work with your administration to fund your staff development efforts. You deserve the best and so do your students.


Chick and Thomas

9. Schedule of Events

Oct. 19 - Detroit, MI
10:00 am - 12:00 pm, The Sounds of Spirit Whispering, presented by Chick Moorman, Kumon Math and Reading Centers, Detroit, MI. For information contact Tammy Monroe at 248-290-0450 ext. 3 or e-mail tmonroe@kumon.com.

Oct. 19 - Detroit, MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound, presented by Chick Moorman, Kumon Math and Reading Center, Mercy High School Auditorium, Detroit, MI. For information contact Tammy Monroe at 248-290-0450 ext. 3 or e-mail tmonroe@kumon.com.

Oct. 21 - Saginaw, MI
8:30 am - 3:30 pm, How to Manage Children's Behavior in Your Dental Practice, presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, Horizon Center, Saginaw, MI. For information, call Kathleen at 1-800-438-5891.

Oct. 26 - Ann Arbor, MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound, presented by Chick Moorman, Gretchen's House Child Care, Ann Arbor, MI. For information call Heidi McFadden at 734-761-2576 or e-mail hmcfadden@gretchenshouse.com.

Chick Moorman

Contact Chick toll free at 1-877-360-1477 or email him at ipp57@aol.com.


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at 1-989-667-5654 or email him thomas@thomashaller.com.


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