www.personalpowerpress.com August 28, 2006
The Response-Able Educator Newsletter #54

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Sign of the Times
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
5. Article: "I Can't Wait."
6. Did You Know?
7. Featured Staff Development Program
8. Product of the Month
9. Schedule of Events


1. Quote

"Planets orbit around the sun. People orbit around sunny people. So it's important to radiate warmth in every situation."

Meg Cabot


2. Sign of the Times

A.) Spotted on a wall in a high school counselor's office:

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

B.) Found in a middle school staff room:

The Laughing Classroom Oath

I, ________________, do solemnly swear from this day forward

To grease my giggling gears each day

And to wear a grin on my face for no reason at all!

I promise to tap my funny bone often,

With my students and colleagues,

And to laugh at least fifteen times per day.

I believe that frequent belly laughter

Cures terminal tightness, cerebral stiffness,

And hardening of the attitudes,

And that HA HA often leads to AHA!

Therefore, I vow, from this day forth,

To brighten the day of everyone I meet,

And to laugh long and prosper!


3. Bumper Sticker

Seen on a red Ford Focus wagon in Kissimmee, FL:

It's Not Who You Know.
It's Whom You Know.


4. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if your job is not to help students go outside and make a difference? What if it is to help them go inside to make a difference?

Would you like to have a daily dose of Spirit Whisperer Contemplations delivered to your e-mail address? If so, click on the link below.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE SPIRIT WHISPERER CONTEMPLATIONS.


5. Article: "I Can't Wait."

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

"I can't wait to get to school and start learning." That's what Marsha Drury told her best friend recently. Knowing what she did about Marsha, the friend was surprised to hear her talk that way. Her words sounded strange and out of place, considering the circumstances.

What's so unusual about a student saying, "I can't wait to get to school and start learning?" Lots of students are heading off to school about this time of year. Hopefully, many of them carry that attitude with them along with a new backpack, supplies, and a friendly smile. In fact, it would be helpful if more students came to school with a can't wait mindset.

What seemed out of place was the fact that Marsha was not a student. She was a teacher, a teacher with 12 years of experience. At first glance it might seem that "I can't wait to get to school and start teaching" might be a more appropriate comment for her to utter as she anticipated the beginning of the school year. But not for Marsha.

Marsha Drury is a middle school teacher who believes that students are in her life as much so she can learn from them as they are so they can learn from her. She is open to lessons her students offer her and honors them for helping her grow and learn as a professional educator.

We tend to think that students are in our classroom so they can learn from us. And certainly that is true. They enter our classrooms knowing little about our subject areas, and it is our job to help them learn what they don't know. So we teach them how to add, divide fractions, use a computer, and play musical instruments. We help them learn the reasons for the Civil War, the purpose of the three branches of our government, and how to do an effective research paper.

This is one way of perceiving the teacher/student relationship: adult as teacher and child as learner. Another way of seeing this relationship, a way that Marsha Drury sees, is that of child as teacher and adult as learner.

Maybe Marsha Drury is onto something. Could it be that students enter our lives and our classrooms so that we can learn from them as much as they can learn from us? Perhaps they are present in our classrooms so that we can learn how to be patient, how to be respectful in the face of disrespect, or how to hold students accountable without wounding their spirit. Maybe they are here so we can develop skill in offering controlled choice, descriptive praise, or a positive student confrontation model.

Where do you stand in relation to this teacher/learner issue as the school year begins? Do you see your students helping you learn valuable lessons? Do you have a special needs child this year? Perhaps he or she is in your life to help you learn about dyslexia, hyperactivity, or autism. Maybe the lesson you are being called to learn involves understanding, unconditional love, or commitment.

To open yourself to the lessons that your students are offering you, observe their behavior. When you notice a particular behavior that calls for an adult intervention, ask yourself, What is my lesson here? Before applying a discipline strategy to correct your student�s behavior, look at your own behavior. Consider learning your lesson first. Once you have learned your lesson you may be surprised to find that the student no longer needs to manifest the �problem� behavior as a learning device for you.

Ask yourself the same questions Marsha Drury uses to lead her to a learning opportunity:

What can I learn from this?

Am I in some unconscious way modeling the inappropriate behavior that I�m observing in this student?

What could I change that would help him modify this behavior?

What is she trying to tell me by behaving this way?

What is it that I need to know that I don�t currently know?

What is my lesson here?

Your students may be calling on you to learn about anger management, that being right doesn�t work, or that they need extra help. They may be encouraging you to refine your teaching style by lecturing less often, taking a cooperative learning course, or becoming knowledgable about brain development in boys.

Your students are offering you a gift: the gift of learning. Will you be open to it? You will if you assume the stance taken by Marsha Drury: "I can't wait to get to school and start learning."

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose. Chick has also written Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child's Spirit. Chick and Thomas are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. To obtain more information about how they can help you or your group meet your staff development needs, visit their websites today: www.chickmoorman.com or www.thomashaller.com.


6. Did You Know?

A.) Teachers are now selling their original lectures, course outlines, and study guides online. A new website, www.teacherspayteachers.com, is attempting to be the eBay for educators. For a yearly fee of $29.95 you can post your work and set your prices. Buyers rate the products.

B.) No more tag. Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from playgrounds across the country. Educators say they are too dangerous. Kids are running into one another. Tag, soccer, touch football, and dodgeball are among the casualties.

Editors' note: Why is that when problems occur in some school situations the reaction is to eliminate the situation? Whatever happened to problem solving, searching for solutions with the students, arriving at consensus, trying it out, evaluating the solution? Isn't that a learning model worth teaching and living? Don't bans of these activities eliminate an opportunity for children to negotiate rules and resolve disputes? Don't they limit free play, exercise, learning to play under control, and making amends? Is our job to set rules that protect kids from injury or to help kids learn how to protect themselves and each other from injury?

C.) Financial literacy is a problem among today's high school students, according to the Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, which conducts a biennial survey of financial literacy. The Coalition recently found that:

Only 22.7 percent of students understand that interest on savings accounts may be taxable if one's income is high enough.

Only 40.3 percent realize that they could lose their health insurance if their parents become unemployed.

More than half know that a just-enacted federal law allows them to check their credit rating for free.

38 percent of students report having a checking account.

39.9 percent believe that people can live pretty well on social security.

www.jumpstartclearinghouse.org

D.) Student athletes at Walnut Middle School take a vote after every athletic competition regardless of whether they have won or lost. They do not pick a most valuable player. They do not pick an unsung hero. They do not single out anyone on their team for special recognition of any kind. They focus on character, and they look for it in their opponents. These young athletes choose which two players from the opposing team they feel showed the greatest character. The athletes selected receive a gleaming medallion reward from the team they worked hard to defeat.

E.) Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller will be the featured speakers at a major parenting conference in Santa Barbara, CA on September 29, 30 & Oct. 1. A sneak preview of the Transformational Parenting Intensive follows:

Transform your parenting style, your family relationships, and your attitude toward the important and sacred role of parenting. Learn why children need soul models more than role models and the importance of holding children in a state of grace, even as you hold them accountable for their behaviors. Nourish a child's spirit as you guide them through the daily challenges of becoming who they are destined to be. An entertaining and practical keynote address that will leave you glad you are present and full of anticipation for the remainder of the conference.

TO CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE FOR THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PARENTING INTENSIVE CLICK HERE.


7. Featured Staff Development Program

The 5 Voices of Classroom Discipline

There are 5 voices that can be used in any classroom discipline situation: nurture, structure, teaching, accountability, and debriefing. At this seminar you will learn which is your predominant voice in the classroom and how to use the other voices to strengthen your discipline system. Included will be practical ideas you can put to use immediately to prevent discipline problems from occurring and to handle effectively those that do occur. Reduce the number of power struggles, decrease resistance and resentment, and increase the array of discipline tools you have in your professional toolbox.

For a skill-oriented and entertaining day presented by Thomas Haller, Chick Moorman, or both, call 877-360-1477 to enquire about availability.


8. Product of the Month - The Traits of Writing Through the Eyes of a Young Author Classroom DVD

15-minute DVD ($11.97)

The Traits of Writing
is a captivating educational DVD featuring Reese Haller, 4th grader and author of Fred the Mouse TM: The Adventures Begin. In this inspiring DVD Reese explains how he used the 6 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.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE TRAITS OF WRITING THROUGH THE EYES OF A YOUNG AUTHOR CLASSROOM DVD.


The 6 + 1 Literacy Packet

DVD and 6 books ($39.97)

Reese's powerful DVD presentation on the traits of writing accompanies a set of 6 Fred the Mouse TM books for an investment of only $39.97.

Every elementary school will want a copy of Fred the Mouse TM and The Traits of Writing Through the Eyes of a Young Author in their library.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE 6+1 LITERACY PACKET.


9. Schedule of Events

We would be honored to speak at your conference or staff development day on Achievement Motivation and Behavior Management or The 5 Voices of Classroom Discipline. Check us out at www.personalpowerpress.com.

Aug. 30 - Chesaning, MI
12:30 am - 3:00 pm, Difference Makers presented by Chick Moorman, Chesaning Union Schools, Middle School Auditorium, Chesaning, MI. For information contact Kathy Steward at 989-845-7020 or email kstewart@chesaning.k12.mi.us.

Sept. 5 - Flint, MI
11:15 am - 2:15 pm, Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, Kearsley Community Schools, High School Auditorium, Flint, MI. For information contact Marsha Davis at 810-591-7640 or email mdavis@mail.kearsley.k12.mi.us.

Sept. 5 - Lansing, MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Parent Talk II presented by Chick Moorman, St. Thomas Acquinas, Lansing, MI. For information contact Chris Janson at 517-332-8845 or email cjanson@stachurch.net.

Sept. 13 - Frankenmuth, MI
9:00 am - 10:30 am, Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others presented by Chick Moorman, Saginaw Co. Care Givers Support Network, Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, MI. For information contact Jackie Hepinstall at 989-797-7564 or email jhepinstall@saginawcounty.com. 

Sept. 13 - New York City, NY
10:00 - 11:00 am EST, Interview with Reese Haller, The Martha Stewart Show, NBC Affiliate. For information contact Thomas Haller at 877-360-1477 or thomas@thomashaller.com.

Sept. 28 - Santa Barbara, CA
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Teacher Talk presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, Montessori Center School, Santa Barbara, CA. For information contact Nica Guinn at 805-570-5194 or email nicaguinn@mac.com.

Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1 - Santa Barbara, CA
All Day, The Transformational Parenting Intensive presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, Children of the New Earth, Mastery Life, SB Parent Talk, Montessori Center School, Santa Barbara, CA. Click on the link below for more details or contact Chick Moorman 1-877-360-1477 or email ipp57@aol.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PARENTING INTENSIVE.


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at 989-686-5356 or e-mail him at thomas@thomashaller.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THOMAS' WEBSITE.


Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at 1-877-360-1477 (toll-free) or e-mail him at ipp57@aol.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CHICK'S WEBSITE.

Copyright 2006 Chick Moorman Seminars and Thomas Haller Seminars, all rights reserved. Share this with your circle.


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