Response-Able Educator Newsletter #66

October 2, 2007

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Sign of the Times
5. Pop Quiz

1. Quote

“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of a child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.”

Sigmund Freud

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Are your students free? In your classroom environment, are they free of the past? Are they free to start over today? Are they free to make their own choices and live with the outcomes which follow? Are they free to make their own “mistakes”? Are they free to find their own passion and make their own contribution to the world?


3. Bumper Sticker

Noticed on a blue Chevy Impala in Toledo, OH:

Lord, help me be the person
my psychiatrist medicates me to be.

4. Sign of the Times

A small table sits in the corner of an early-childhood classroom in School House Montessori School in Troy, Michigan. Two chairs face each other on opposite sides of the table. The sign on the wall informs students, parents and visitors that this is the PEACE TABLE.  It is where students come if they have conflict. It is the place to share feelings, communicate, and listen to one another.

The rules are posted on the wall. They state:


1. Place your hand on the table.

2. Place your hand on your heart.

3. Say your friend’s name.

4. Say how you feel.

5. Say why you feel this way.

6. Listen to your friend’s response.

7. Reply to your friend.

8. Ring the bell when you and your friend have reached an agreement.

Also on the PEACE TABLE is a four-sided wooden stick that is held by the person talking. It says:

A. May peace prevail on earth.

B. Semoga damal di dunla.

c. Moge vrede heersen op aarde.

D. A Japanese version of the same sentiment.

5. Pop Quiz

1. What percent of teachers report liking their jobs after 10 years in the field?

  1. 93%

  2. 84%

  3. 16.5%

2. Why would a school ban the game of tag?

  1. It’s not included on the state assessment test and therefore has no value.

  2. Some children complained that they were chased.

  3. Kids get all sweaty and stink up the classrooms.

3. Who says that “Free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive development milestones as well as helping them manage stress and become resilient?”

  1. The Federation of Retired Playground Supervisors

  2. The American Academy of Pediatrics

  3. Nike Corporation

4. Some schools in Nevada don’t have detention anymore because...

  1. They can’t afford it.

  2. They have replaced Detention Rooms with Responsibility Rooms where students learn lessons in responsibility.

  3. The students are so well behaved they don’t need them.

5. How many states still allow corporal punishment?

  1. None. The barbaric practice of hitting children with a hand or a paddle was ended over 100 years ago.

  2. Twenty-three

  3. Not enough. The sting of the paddle is an effective form of punishment.

6. What has hit a 40-year low in the field of education?

  1. The amount of time spent on test prep

  2. Passing out stars and stickers to bribe students to perform and conform

  3. The percentage of male teachers

7. What is it that elementary students get no academic benefit from, yet schools require more than ever?

  1. Homework

  2. Free time

  3. Video games

8. What has the most potent sting?

  1. A hornet

  2. A wasp

  3. The spelling bee

9. What do two-thirds of the American public want left behind?

  1. No child

  2. Homework

  3. The No Child Left Behind law

10. What do major league baseball players, professional wrestlers, New England Patriots head coaches and most students have in common?

  1. They enjoy reading the classics.

  2. They think learning a foreign language is important.

  3. They all cheat.


  1. Ninety-three percent, according to a new survey done by the National Center for Educational Statistics. They also found that the attrition rate for teachers was lower than that of other professionals.

  2. Tag was banned in Colorado schools because some children complained that they were chased. Running games are still allowed as long as children don’t chase each other.

  3. The American Academy of Pediatrics in a recent report strongly defended play in response to federal education policies that have led to reduced recess and physical education in many schools.

  4. Las Vegas area schools say they can no longer pay for detention. They are too understaffed to pay for a place for even the most badly behaved students. Their solution: The parents should be hit with fines.

  5. Twenty-three. Most states that allow corporal punishment are in the South and Midwest.

  6. According to the National Education Association, the percentage of male teachers has hit a 40-year low. Fewer than one out of every four teachers is male. The reason cited is that teaching offers neither high pay nor high profile.

  7. Duke University professor and homework researcher Harris Cooper says that elementary school students get no academic benefit from homework—except for reading and some basic skills practice. Yet, the beat goes on and schools require more than ever.

  8. The spelling bee’s sting is the greatest. “Spelling bees honor the children who already know how to spell and do little to support those who need explicit instruction,” according to Sue Ann Gleason, a first-grade teacher.

  9. Nearly two-thirds of American adults want Congress to rewrite or outright abolish the landmark No Child Left Behind Act. Opposition is especially high among people most familiar with the law, according to a survey by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University.

  10. As Regan McMahon reports in the San Francisco Chronicle, the two most common answers to the "prevalence of cheating" question by high school and college students are “Everybody does it,” and “It’s no big deal." Sadly, those answers are accurate. According to a 2005 Duke University study, 90 percent of high school students admit they have copied another person’s homework. Seventy-five percent own up to cheating in general. The prevalent student attitude is “Everyone’s doing it, no one is getting caught; therefore, I’d be a fool not to do it.” In the past, cheating was restricted to those who couldn’t obtain good grades on their own. Now, since there is no shame attached to the act, cheaters are more likely to be the good students.


Product of the Month

Now available . . .

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.


Featured Workshop

Motivating the Unmotivated

Underachieving students often fail to turn in assignments. They fail to attend class regularly, fail to build positive relationships, and fail to steer clear of self-defeating behaviors. Underachievers fail to find meaning in schoolwork, fail to ask for help, and fail to see the connection between effort, success, and failure.

Failure hurts. Failure encourages impulses to escape, attack, cheat, withdraw, distract, and give up.

  • Learn to break the cycle of failure in your underachieving students so they can improve their performance and maximize their potential.

  • Dramatically decrease the number of students who choose to underachieve by learning how to manage your classroom and your own mind to positively impact your “at risk” students.

To schedule this practical and stimulating workshop for your staff, call 877-360-1477 or e-mail


Teacher to a new student: Where did you come from?

New student: Cachtoctory.

Teacher: How do you spell that?

New student: T-H-A-T.

The Parent Talk System - Training of Trainers

January 24 - 26, 2008
Spring Arbor University
1550 E. Beltline
SE Grand Rapids, MI


Schedule of Events

Oct. 8 – Oak Harbor, WA
8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, Oak Harbor School District, Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, WA. For information contact Nicole MacTavish at 360-279-5702 or email

October 11 & 12 – Flushing, MI
Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas Haller, Flushing Elementary Schools, Flushing, MI.

Oct. 24 – Malibu, CA
Education in Residence presented by Chick Moorman,  Crane Country Day School, Malibu Retreat Center, Malibu, CA. For information email Joel Weiss at

October 27 – Mt. Pleasant, MI
Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas Haller, Make a Difference Day, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Oct. 29 – Grand Rapids, MI
8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Spirit Whisperers and Responsibility presented by Chick Moorman, Stepping Stones Montessori, Grand Rapids, MI. For information contact Mark Coleman at 616/451-8627 or email markcoleman@

Oct. 29 – Grand Rapids, MI
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5125 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. For information contact Mark Coleman at 616-451-8627 or email markcoleman@

Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at 1-877-360-1477 or e-mail him at 


Thomas Haller

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




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