www.personalpowerpress.com January 12, 2007
The Response-Able Educator Newsletter #58

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Signs of the Times
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
5. Article: Bookmarks

6. Self-Discipline
7. Helping Parents Help Children
8. Recognition Celebrations
9. Our Charity: Healing Acres
10. Schedule of Events

1. Quote

"We all get report cards in many different ways, but the real excitement of what you are doing is in the doing of it. It's not what you're going to get in the end - it's not the final curtain - it's really in the doing it, and loving what I am doing."

Ralph Lauren, designer

2. Sign of the Times

A.) Spotted on the wall in a sixth-grade classroom:


To learn to make my own goals.
To learn to budget my time to accomplish my goals.
To learn to keep track of my progress and know when I reach my goal.
To learn to know when my activities disturb others.

B.) Noticed on the wall in a middle-school language arts room:

Creative writing is a means to discover, appreciate, and express what it means to be alive.

3. Bumper Sticker

Seen on a black Ford Explorer in Antigo, WI:

If the kid is an honor student, he must not really be yours.

4. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if your students' deepest need is to be noticed? Have you devised a variety of ways to notice your students? Do you notice the ones who are pretending they don't want to be noticed?

Would you like a Spirit Whisperer Contemplation delivered to your e-mail inbox every school day?


5. Article: Bookmarks

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Kristy Hollister is an elementary-school reading specialist in a small town in Pennsylvania. Recently she constructed bookmarks for all her second- through fourth-grade "reading club" members. The message she selected for the bookmarks was an equation that read: Opportunity equals Responsibility.

When Kristy presented the bookmarks to her students, she explained to them about equations. She informed them that when an equals sign appears in the middle of an equation, whatever is on either side of that symbol has the same value. She also explained that since the value is the same on each side (6+2 = 8), then what comes before the equals sign (6+2) and what comes after the equals sign (8) could be changed around and written in the reverse order. If 6+2=8, then 8=6+2 is also true.

Kristy then applied the math logic to her bookmark equation. "Since Opportunity equals Responsibility," she told her students, "then it is also true that Responsibility equals Opportunity." Kristy gave them the following two examples.

Example I

Kristy's students had the OPPORTUNITY to take a book from her room whenever they liked. Their RESPONSIBILITY was to return the book as soon as they were finished with it. If they followed through with the RESPONSIBILITY to bring the book back, they earned the OPPORTUNITY to take another book out. If they chose to neglect the RESPONSIBILITY of bringing their book back, then they chose not to participate in the OPPORTUNITY of selecting a new book on the next trip to her room. Instead, they got to look through books while other students were selecting a book to borrow.

Example II

When students come to work with Kristy, they have an OPPORTUNITY to sit next to a friend. Their RESPONSIBILITY is to stay on task and refrain from engaging in side conversations. If students choose to implement the RESPONSIBILITY, then the OPPORTUNITY remains the same. If their RESPONSIBILITY drops, so does the OPPORTUNITY to sit by the person of their choice.

"I could tell there was a different feeling in the air when I implemented those two scenarios," Kristy said. "I didn't feel like I had to lecture them or enforce punishments. By simply giving them the consequence they asked for, I think both the students and I felt like I was showing them increased respect."

The bookmarks, which stayed in the books, served as a visible and silent reminder that Responsibility equals Opportunity in the "reading club" room. Kristy noticed she was able to cut down on the number of times she had to remind students to bring their books back. She effectively shifted that responsibility from her back to theirs through the use of the bookmarks. By staying calm and consistent as she implemented the consequences, Kristy experienced less stress and gained increased cooperation from students who were now seeing themselves as responsible for the opportunities they were earning.

By connecting opportunities to responsibilities and putting students in charge of how they handled the equation, Kristy helped her students experience the relationship between cause and effect. She helped them realize that when the responsibility is not accepted, the opportunity is temporarily lost. She also gave them abundant opportunities so they could demonstrate whether or not they were accepting the responsibility. Her efforts increased the chance that her students would learn that the nature of their choices affects the results which follow.

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose. Chick Moorman is also the author of Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child's Spirit. Available at www.personalpowerpress.com. They publish a FREE e-mail newsletter for teachers and another for parents. Subscribe to them at www.chickmoorman.com or www.thomashaller.com.

Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child


6. Self-Discipline


Yes, I know. You have heard that word a million times.

Wouldn't it be nice if students really had a healthy set of inner controls that led to self-discipline? Wouldn't your job of teaching be a lot easier if you didn't need to spend so much time disciplining students who don't seem to have the ability or the desire to discipline themselves? But how on earth do you teach self-discipline?

The key to helping students become self-disciplined, self-responsible, self-motivated, and self-controlled is for you to have a plan. You need to decide in advance that helping students develop self-control is what you want. Then you have to implement your plan with consistency and determination.

Now there is a graduate credit course that can help you create that plan to teach self-discipline, self-motivation, and self-responsibility to your students.

On-Line Graduate Credit

Chick Moorman has developed a new 3-credit-hour course that is available to you over the Internet.

That's right! You can learn to help students develop their inner authority and self-control without leaving your home.


7. Helping Parents Help Children

Do you feel called in your soul to help parents consider the possibility that there might be a better way, an enlightened way, to parent?

Would you consider helping the parents in your community make a shift in perception that would allow them to become the change that will change our world for the better?

Are you ready to make a giant leap forward to actualizing your potential as a healer of the planet?

Are you interested in helping parents move from a fear- and shame-based parenting style to one that is love-based?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the dynamic upcoming three-day training seminar in the Parent Talk System is definitely for you! Give us three days of your life and we will return to you a lifetime of meaningful experiences transforming the lives of children and parents in your school and community!

Register today and still qualify for the early bird discount! To register or find out about the February 8-10 program specifics, VISIT www.chickmoorman.com UNDER SPECIAL EVENT.


8. Recognition Celebrations

Classroom celebrations can be used to acknowledge students' efforts and achievements as well as to recognize their perseverance. Celebrations do not need to be a major production requiring much time and planning. They can be quick and spontaneous. Bring an element of fun to your classroom while creating a supportive climate at the same time.

The Silent Cheer

Have students wave their arms around excitedly and "shout" with no noise coming out of anyone's mouth.

The Magic Touch

Have each student touch an index finger to another person's index finger while saying, "YYYeeessss!"

A "Round" of Applause

Have students move their arms around in a circular motion while clapping their hands. Or how about giving someone a "square" or "rectriangle" of applause?

Source: The above celebration strategies come from a Performance Learning Systems graduate course, Classroom Management: Orchestrating a Community of Learners.

9. Our Charity: Healing Acres

Healing Acres Equine Retirement Ranch, Inc., is currently funded by us, Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, through contributions we make from the sale of our popular education and parent books. A portion of all sales from Personal Power Press goes to provide quality care for neglected and retired horses, to increase public awareness of the amount of horse abuse and neglect that currently exists, and to prevent the needless and inhumane slaughter and abuse of horses.

We are thrilled to announce that Healing Acres Equine Retirement Ranch, Inc., has just been granted not-for-profit status as an organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) federal tax-exempt�organization, identification number 31309. This now makes it possible for Healing Acres to accept donations from animal lovers throughout the country.

Do you have a soft spot in your heart for horses like we do? Does neglect and inhumane treatment bother you? Are you concerned about what happens to horses when they can no longer perform? Do you wonder what happens to horses when they are no longer wanted? If so, please help us to provide quality care for these deserving creatures. Help us help them by:

* Sponsoring or adopting a horse. 
* Making a monetary contribution. 
Donating equipment. 
* Sending us a few kind words of encouragement. 
* Reporting neglected or abused horses.

Check us out at www.healingacres.com.

Make your donation check payable to Healing Acres and mail to P.O. Box 547, Merrill, MI 48637. A tax-exempt receipt will be sent to you immediately. Thank you for your contribution to this important cause.


10. Schedule of Events

Jan. 12 - Ypsilanti, MI
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Dealing with Discipline presented by Chick Moorman, Victory Academy, Ypsilanti, MI. For information contact Kevin Whelan at 734-485-9100.

Jan. 13 - Hudsonville, MI
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Teacher Talk presented by Chick Moorman, Evergreen Ministries, Hudsonville, MI. For information contact Sally Vaness at 616-669-7700 or email

Jan. 15 - Corunna, MI
8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, Shiawassee Developmental Center, Shiawassee ISD, Corunna, MI. For information contact Shelley Brant at brant@sresd.k12.mi.us.

Jan. 25 - West Bloomfield, MI
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, Roosevelt Elementary, West Bloomfield, MI. For information contact Steve Palmer at 248-865-6620 or email

Jan. 30 - Southfield, MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Parent Talk: Words the Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, Hebrew Day School, Southfield, MI. for information contact Terri Giannetti at 248-386-1625 or email

Feb. 1 - Clawson, MI
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, School House Montessori, Knights of Columbus, Clawson, MI. For information contact Sherri Roberts at 248-649-6149 or email

Feb. 3 - Sturgis, MI
Kiwanis Parenting Fair presented by Chick Moorman, Sturgis Middle School, Sturgis, MI. For information contact Jane Dickey at

Feb. 3 - Grand Island, NE
The Early Childhood Education Conference keynote presentation, The Marks of an Enlightened Childcare Provider, presented by Thomas Haller, College Park, Grand Island, NE. For more information contact

Feb. 3 - Grand Island, NE
The Early Childhood Education Conference presentation, Terrific Toddlers: The Trail to the Treasure, presented by Thomas Haller, College Park, Grand Island, NE. For more information contact

Feb. 8 - 10 - Grand Rapids, MI
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Parent Talk System: Training of Trainers presented by Chick Moorman, Spring Arbor University, Grand Rapids, MI. For information contact Chick Moorman at 1-877-360-1477 (toll free) or email

Feb. 9 -Davison, MI
Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Gates Elementary School, Davison, MI.

Feb. 12 - Davison, MI
Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Siple Elementary School, Davison, MI.

Feb. 16 - Ypsilanti, MI
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Dealing with Discipline presented by Chick Moorman Victory Academy, Ypsilanti, MI. For information contact Kevin Whelan at 734-485-9100.

Feb. 22 - Grand Ledge, MI
Literacy Day Celebration, The 6 Traits of Writing and evening parent presentation How to Inspire Children to Write presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Grand Ledge, MI. For more information contact johnsm@glps.k12.mi.us.

Feb. 27 - Canton, MI
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, School House Montessori, Canton, MI. For information contact Sherri Roberts at 248-649-6149 or email

Thomas Haller

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


Chick Moorman

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


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