Response-Able Educator Newsletter #62

May 29, 2007

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Signs of the Times
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Article: Smart Like a Fifth Grader
5. Back-to-School Seminars

1. Quote

"Are we thinking that physical punishment is a learning experience? Are we thinking that physical punishment develops moral character? Are we thinking that physical punishment engenders respect for---and a desire to live up to the expectations of---the wielder of the paddle? Are we thinking that physical punishment teaches children to solve problems? Are we thinking that fear of being hit clears children's minds and allows them to learn better? Are we thinking that children troubled enough to require physical punishment to control their in-school behavior will become less trouble after being hit by an all-powerful adult? Are we thinking that hitting a child is educational? Are we thinking that by hitting children we are behaving as professional educators who are in any way fit to be in charge of the development of young bodies and minds? These are not rhetorical questions. Twenty-three states in their collective wisdom allow corporal punishment in their schools. Can anyone tell me why?"

Linda Starr (educator/columnist)

2. Signs of the Times

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

When you

Enter this

Little room

Consider yourself

One of the

Members of a team who

Enjoy working and learning together.

B.) Noticed on the wall in a high-school English room:

Hyphenate between sy-

llables and avoid un-necessary


C.) Posted on a high-school counselor's wall:

The best way to get even is to forget.

3. Bumper Sticker

Seen on a silver Chevrolet Cavalier in Tacoma, WA:



4. Article: Smart Like a Fifth Grader

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Can you name the primary colors, the five Great Lakes, and the capital pf North Dakota? Most fifth graders would know. But would you?

This is the challenge presented by the popular new Fox show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Each week fifth graders face grown-ups who have many years' experience on them. The youngsters smile and answer questions while the adults frequently reveal themselves as less knowledgeable than the children.

Isn't that cute?

No, it isn't.

This show is doing our children and all of us a great disservice by perpetuating the myth that education is nothing more than the ability to memorize. It communicates a quiz show mentality that encourages a zest for the accumulation of answers to trivia questions. It teaches that facts and dates of historical events and other trivia are the essence of a learned person and a good education.

What kind of root is a carrot? What are the three branches of the United States government? Who invented peanut butter? What is a proper noun? How many pints are in two gallons? These questions and others like them are simple recall questions. They require one right answer. These types of questions help viewers create a narrow view of learning and the important process of education.

Here is a significant question for you. Whatever happened to thinking?

How are an animal cell and a plant cell the same? How are they different? Come up with options for improving your neighborhood. Rank order them from most to least important. What do you think would happen if your classmates did not know the fire drill regulations? Is there a pattern in these poems? What does it mean to you? Sequence the main ideas presented in the story. Predict the results, if this planet had only half the amount of water it has now? What is the best way for two people to work together on a project?

How about a TV show that asks adults and children to summarize, generalize, or analyze data? What about requiring evaluation, appraisal, and putting what was learned in one setting to use in another?

Real education is much more than covering content, regurgitating factual information for the test makers, or excelling at Quiz Bowl. It is now and always has been a drawing out of what already exists within the child, rather than a putting in of what we see as perceived deficiencies and information gaps. The main purpose of education is to foster the creation of who and what children choose to be.

Does Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader help viewers see the role of educators as one of helping students learn to be solution oriented, self-responsible, personally empowered, and self-expressing? Hardly! Does it in any way deal with the concepts of respect, sharing, acceptance of differences, integrity, forgiveness, or love? Nope! Does it help those students who watch the show realize that the answers to the most important questions aren't in the back of the book, but rather are found within each individual? We don't think so.

How many hydrogen atoms are in a molecule of water? Which is larger, 3/5 or 5/8? What organ of the body produces bile?

Wisdom is not knowledge. Wisdom is knowledge applied. The application of the knowledge you have to new and unique situations is the essence of wisdom. Somebody please create a TV show that moves the view of education beyond the factoid mentality and our preoccupation with memorization, test scores, and artificial standards to the vibrant center of the human connection that touches the spirit and showcases the heart of teaching.

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. Both books are available at Chick and Thomas also publish a FREE e-mail newsletter for teachers and another for parents. Subscribe to them at or

Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child


5. Back to School Seminars

Possible Topics:

The Five Voices of Classroom Discipline: How to create effective discipline in your school and classroom.

Transforming Aggression in Your Classroom: How to teach alternatives to anger, bullying and anti-social behavior.

Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers: How to teach to a child's spirit and become a difference maker in the lives of the students you love and serve.

Teaching for Respect and Responsibility: How to build responsibility and respect in today's youth.

Achievement Motivation and Behavior Management: How teachers can create an atmosphere conducive to learning using effective verbal skills.

Book Now!

You can find full details for these and other workshops at Book today to make sure you get the quality program your staff and students deserve.

All staff development programs by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are skill oriented and research based. All are entertaining and practical. All leave teachers with real skills they can put to use immediately.

Bonus Program

Book your back to school program before July 4th and receive a free parent program to offer to your community. This offer is limited to the first 10 people who respond.

Call 877-360-1477 (toll-free) today.

Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at 1-877-360-1477 (toll-free) or e-mail him at


Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at 989-686-5356 or e-mail him at

Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if what you know in your gut is more important than what you learn from a book? Do you know how to read your gut? Do your students know how to read theirs? Whose job is it to teach them?


Training of Trainers

The Parent Talk System Facilitator Training

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are combining their talents to train interested and committed participants in the Parent Talk System, a dynamic verbal skills training that helps parents successfully handle their most challenging situations.

You will leave this training with enough materials, confidence, and skills to train parents in your community, church, school, or organization!

August 2-4, 2007
Arbor University
, MI
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Space is limited. To register or find out about the August 2-4 program specifics, CLICK HERE.

Teacher Talk Tip

There are four major learning styles: kinesthetic (learning through doing); tactual (learning through sensation and feelings); auditory (learning through hearing and speaking); and visual (learning through seeing). Obviously, children in each style have their own way of learning.

It is also important to vary the sensory words employed in your Teacher Talk when you communicate with students so that you cover all the learning styles. For example, if students are running in the hall, use a variety of language patterns.

"Please walk in the hall." (kinesthetic)

  1. "It looks like a race of gazelles when I see you running in the hall. Please slow down." (visual)

  2. "It feels like the walls are shaking and trembling when you run. A gentle walk is appropriate." (tactual)

  3. "The sound of thunder is what I hear when you run in the halls. Quiet movement is what is appropriate." (auditory)

Vary your sensory words so you cover all the leaning styles.

Teacher Talk: What It Really Means


Schedule of Events

June 1 - Sandusky, MI
Professional Ethics for Social Workers and Stress Management presented by Thomas Haller, Creative Enterprises, Sandusky MI, CE's provided for Social Workers contact

June 14 - TBA
Professional Ethics for Social Workers and Stress Management presented by Thomas Haller, location to be announced, CE's provided for Social Workers contact



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