Response-Able Educator Newsletter #65

August 27, 2007

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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.

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Sign of the Times
5. Article: Beyond What-Is

1. Quote

"To accuse others for one's misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete."


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if you believed the world is plotting to do you good today? What would be your expectations? Do you believe it enough to be grateful in advance? Will you notice it when it arrives?


3. Bumper Sticker

Noticed on a white GMC Arcadia in Cincinnati, Ohio:

I'm studying for my urine test.

4. Sign of the Times

A. Seen in the high school hall in Ludington, MI, outside a special needs classroom:


Where education

meets the whole student

and challenges us all

to look beyond

what we can only see.

B. Spotted on a classroom door in a middle school in southeastern Texas:

My mission is to help you feel

you can make a difference in the world.

C. Sign noticed on the wall in a high school counselor's office:

Take a close look at ANGER and DANGER.

There isn't much difference.

5. Article: Beyond What-Is

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Looking at what-is in your classroom appears at first glance to be a healthy way to view your students and your classroom situation. After all, what-is is what is, and to deny that or pretend it does not exist seems similar to having your head planted firmly in the sand.

But hold on. What if focusing on what-is only serves to keep you firmly grounded in what-is? What if paying attention to what-is creates an anchor that keeps you rooted in that place? What if that view prevents you from moving beyond what-is to the place you would like to be? What if what you focus on is only attracting more of the same into your life and the lives of your students?

If you continue to put your attention on what-is, you will only create more of what-is. The thoughts you think, the feelings you feel, and the attention you give to what-is will attract more of that into your life. That holds true for your relationship with your administrator, the behaviors you get from students, and the attitude you bring to your professional practice.

In order to attract something different or something more than what-is, you must direct your thoughts and your emotion beyond what-is to something different. This year, why not deliberately direct your thoughts to what you really want? Thoughts come and thoughts go. Let the unhelpful ones go. Focus on those that help you attract what you want. Concentrate on the ones that help you create positive emotions about your students, your classroom, and yourself.?

Use the what-is you are presently seeing to decide what it is you do want. Then concentrate on that.?

The process is simple.

  1. Decide what you want.

  2. Focus on it.

  3. Feel the positive emotion.

  4. Expect it.

  5. See it as already completed.

Create an emotional vision of what you desire in your classroom. See the end product in your mind. Feel it. Think about it. Talk about it. Act as if it already exists. Expect it with strong emotion.

Concentrate this year on what is possible rather than on what-is.

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 to obtain more information about how they can help you or your group meet your professional staff development needs, visit their website today:

Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child?s Spirit

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.


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

The Transformational Parenting 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

Aug. 28 - Monroe, MI
8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Teacher Talk presented by Chick Moorman, Meadow Montessori School, Monroe, MI. For information email Cathy Calder at

Aug. 28 - Monroe, MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, Meadow Montessori School, Meyer Theater, Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI. For information email Cathy Calder at

Aug. 29 - Riverview, MI
8:45 am - 9:45 am, Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, Riverview P.S., Sceitz Middle School, Riverview, MI. For information contact Diana
Devens at 734-586-1097.

Aug. 30 - Bothell, WA
8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, Northshore School District, Kenmore Jr. High, Bothell, WA. For information contact Tim Gordon at 425-402-5300 or email

Sept. 4 & 5 - Malibu, CA
Education in Residence presented by Chick Moorman, Crane Country Day School, Malibu Retreat Center, Malibu, CA. For information email Joel Weiss at

Sept. 11 - Saginaw, MI
Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas Haller, Plainfield Elementary, Saginaw, MI.

Sept. 13
Professional Ethics for Social Workers and Stress Management presented by Thomas Haller, location to be announced, CE?s provided for Social Workers contact

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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