Response-Able Educator Newsletter #64

July 17, 2007

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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.

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3. Bumper Sticker
4. We Get E-mail
5. Article: Questions or Answers
6. Back-to-School Programs That Sizzle

1. Quote

"The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests."

Albert M. Leschak

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Perhaps achieving agreement in classrooms is impossible. Would it not be more productive to honor each other's experience for what it is rather than attempting to forge agreement?


3. Bumper Sticker

Noticed on a green Dodge Avenger in Toledo, OH:

Shortcuts aren't always.

4. We Get Email

Dear Chick and Thomas,

Thanks for the newsletter and response about homework. My kids have hours of busywork a day.

My 11-year-old asked me why grown-ups say they want kids to play outside and be healthy but they don't give recess anymore and they have so much homework they can't do anything else after school. Sounds like a good question to me.

Mother and Educator
Burlington, VT


Dear Mr. Moorman and Mr. Haller,

Regarding the article in your Newsletter #62 about "Smart Like a Fifth Grader," the show also degrades adults and parents. Many cultures teach children respect for older people, so that they regard their wisdom as at least potentially valid.

If schools and TV shows portray adults as more ignorant than children, that fosters an unhealthy gap in the ability to work together and encourage children to consider the wisdom of experience.

Music Teacher
Philadelphia, PA

5. Article: Questions or Answers

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

School reform and restructuring is in full swing again this summer and in many districts will continue on into the fall and winter months. School improvement committees, parent advisory boards, administrator groups and boards of education are looking for answers. Staff developers, professional consultants, authors, conference presenters, and organizations are attempting to supply those answers.

Whoa! What's the rush? Is your school really ready to start looking for answers? Is that where your professional development team needs to begin? Maybe, before you begin the search for answers, it would be useful to make sure you've asked helpful questions. Consider the following:

To what degree are higher-level thinking skills currently being called for and used in your school? No, we're not asking what staff feel or say they are doing with higher-level thinking skills. We are asking what is really happening in your school. Have you taken a serious look at that?

Does your curriculum drive the assessment or does your assessment drive the curriculum? Is that the way you want it? Do you have a strong consensus on that? Do you want one?

How much time do students spend learning to answer questions? How much time do they spend learning to ask questions?

To what degree does actual classroom practice match up with your mission statement? Where are the gaps? Can staff actually state what the mission statement is? Can they articulate what they did today to promote it?

Is your school designed to promote the pursuit of knowledge, the use of knowledge, or the accumulation of knowledge? Does it matter?

Does your school promote increased independence as students increase in age and grade level? What data do you have to support your answer?

How would your school change if you viewed students as consumers and teachers as facilitators of the instructional process?

Who talks the most in your classrooms: students or teachers? What effect does that have on learning?

What currently exists in your school that nourishes and sustains the lifegiving qualities of human relationships?

Are your school decisions driven by the needs of students or the needs of adults? What evidence do you have to support that?

Do you have a research-based school? If so, what steps do you take to insure that teachers follow the current research findings on the issues of homework and rewards? Is your staff made aware of the harmful effects of rewards and the intrusion of homework into prime family time?

How is power distributed in your school and what effect does that have on each group?

Is studying several concepts in depth more valuable than covering more material superficially? Is less really more? Or is more, more? Have you had dialog on that issue in your school?

Do you really believe in resource development? Do you have a staff development budget that reflects that view? Does your staff have some say in how that money is spent?

Where does developing responsible students fit on your list of priorities? Do you have a solution seeking program in place to help students identify their choices and resulting outcomes and to create plans for improvement? Do you teach children how to make amends? Have the teachers been trained to implement this plan?

How would your school-reform effort be affected if you began by formulating questions rather than answers? What if you postponed looking for answers until you made sure you asked all the right questions?

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free monthly e-zine for educators. To sign up for it or obtain more information about how they can help you or your group meet your professional staff development needs, visit their website today:

Teacher Talk: What It Really Means


6. Back-to-School Programs That Sizzle

Possible Topics:

Motivating the Unmotivated: How to reach the seemingly unreachable students

Transforming Aggression in Your Classroom: How to teach alternatives to anger, bullying, and antisocial 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

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.

Call 877-360-1477 today.

Coming Attractions
Soon to be released . . .

The Only Three Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need:
Essential Tools for Busy Parents By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Finally, a book that delivers practical discipline techniques for busy parents . . .

The three practical, skill-based strategies presented in this useful book will help you:

* Eliminate whining, back talk, and procrastination.
Gain cooperation without nagging or yelling.
* Hold children accountable without wounding their spirit.
* Communicate anger in a respectful way.
* Design consequences that are reasonable, respectful, and related to the misbehavior.
* Become the parent you always wanted to be.

Watch this space for upcoming news about the launch of this incredibly helpful book and a special prepublication offer.

INTERNET RADIO: to help you with your most important parenting and teaching concerns

The Transformational Parenting Radio Network is gearing up now to give you real answers to real parenting and teaching problems.

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller have already begun production of an online weekly radio show. This helpful regular resource will feature:

* Interviews with other parenting and education experts.
* Answers to your e-mail questions.
* Responses to your phone messages.
* Tips for parents and teachers with children of different ages.
* Valuable media and culture watchdog capability.
* Editorial responses from Chick and Thomas.
* Inspiration and support.
* Weekly tools for becoming the parent or teacher you always wanted to be.

This radio program will include information available nowhere else.

This program will be like having your own private support group.

Finally, an opportunity for people all over the world to hear Chick and Thomas live!

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller have a lot to give. Now you will have a new way to receive it.

More details will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Chick is excited. Thomas is excited. Now you can start getting excited, too.

Schedule of Events

July 27, 2007 - Grand Rapids, MI
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, The 5 Voices of Classroom Discipline presented by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, Advantage Discipline: Great Lakes Conference, Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI. For information contact Sarah Knapp at 616-949-3899 or email

July 30-Aug 1, 2007 - Texas
Ethics for the Behavioral Health Provider & Success 101: How to be successful at whatever you do presented by Thomas Haller, Annual Texas Behavioral Health Institute: Building Better Health through Resiliency and Recovery.

Aug. 2 - 4, 2007 - Dearborn, MI
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Parent Talk System: Training of Trainers presented by Chick Moorman, Spring Arbor University, Dearborn, MI. For information contact Chick Moorman at 1-877-360-1477 (toll-free) or email

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




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