Response-Able Educator Newsletter #67

November 13, 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. Sign of the Times
5. Article: Beyond What Is


1. Quote

"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."

Roger Lewin


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if the situations in your life don't change until you do? What if your students don't change until you do? What if the weather doesn't change until you do? Today, why not act as if all these statements are true?

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3. Bumper Sticker

Noticed on a green Chevy Trailblazer in Jefferson City, MO:

You can lead a boy to college.
But you can't make him think.


4. Sign of the Times

A.) Spotted in a high school computer lab:

Pentiums melt in your PC, not in your hand.

B.) List of class norms posted in a third-grade classroom.

Don't answer until you are ready to.

Speak up if you don't get it.

If you want to be included, ask.

Learning how is more important than learning what.

Get up if you fall down.

Nobody can pedal the bike for you.


5. Article: Beyond What Is

By Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman

  • What is . . . is you flunked the Spanish test.
  • What is . . . is your lockermate keeps calling you disgusting names.
  • What is . . . is you have two discipline warnings. One more and you will be assigned to the Responsibility Room for a day.

By focusing on the what is of their lives, students anchor that reality in place. If they continue to stay focused on what is, it will be difficult for them to change what is.

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"I have two detentions," Robert told his middle school counselor. "One more and I'm in R&R."

"What's your goal for today?" Robert's counselor asked.

"She'll give me another one if I even turn around."

"What's your goal for today?"

"She doesn't like me. I can feel it."

"How would you like this day to end?"

"I don't know."

"Robert, would you like a suggestion?"

"I guess."

"Move your focus away from what you think is, to how you want it to be. Concentrate on that for a while."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean that you are so focused on what you think is happening, you are neglecting to think about what you want to have happen."

"But she is picking on me. Everyone else thinks so, too."

"And how is concentrating on that, thinking about it, and talking about it with your friends working for you?"

"Not too good, I guess."

"Then you might want to think about something else. I suggest you concentrate on how you want it to be."

"I'm not sure that will work."

"Well, you are sure how the other strategy is working, right?"

"Right."

"Well, think about it and I'll see you tomorrow."

"OK."

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The effort here by Robert's counselor is to get him to move away from focusing on what is. The goal is to move him to a place where he sees and concentrates on what could be. What Robert doesn't know is, that is exactly what his counselor is doing at the same time. He is focusing on what Robert could be, not on the way he is currently seen by some of his teachers.


This material is stolen with permission from Thomas and Chick's forthcoming book. Currently the title remains a secret. Watch this space for more details at a later time.


Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The Only Three Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need: Essential Tools for Busy Parents. 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: www.personalpowerpress.com.


Chick Moorman

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

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CHICK'S WEBSITE.

Thomas Haller

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

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THOMAS' WEBSITE.

Contact Information

Personal Power Press
1-877-360-1477

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Product of the Month

Good Praise/Bad Praise: How to Praise Your Way to Creating an Emotionally Healthy Child, by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller. Three weekly e-mail sessions ($12.95)

This e-course is divided into three sections that will be delivered to you at a rate of one a week. Each lesson will give you valuable information about praise, many examples of the skills being presented, and opportunities to apply the skills to your own life.

You will learn the three types of praise and be able to tell which ones help your students develop self-esteem, confidence, and an internal standard of excellence. You will also learn how to recognize the most harmful type of praise�the one that builds praise junkies and teaches youngsters to rely on the opinions of others for measures of their self-worth.

You will be exposed to examples, quizzes, and exercises that will help you develop the style of praise that is most difficult for your students to deny and has the greatest potential to transform them into caring, confident, responsible youngsters. You will learn to praise in a way that will give your students verbal messages that they can use to develop a strong internal sense of self-esteem and worth so they can become their own source of encouragement, their own source of motivation, their own source of reward.

This e-course is skill oriented, practical, and offers ideas you can put to use immediately with your students and family.


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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 ipp57@aol.com.



Coming Attraction

Fred the MouseTM Book Four: Giving and Receiving by Reese Haller

The fourth book in the Fred the Mouse book series, written by 10-year-old author

Reese Haller, is at the printers. Book Four masterfully blends another adventure of Fred the Mouse with an extraordinary message of being a generous giver as well as a gracious receiver. This seasonal topic will be perfect for the Christmas season. Watch for our special offer, coming soon.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT REESE'S WEBSITE.

The Parent Talk System - Training of Trainers

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


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Schedule of Events

Nov. 19 - Chicago, IL
Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Students presented by Chick Moorman, Chicago (South), Illinois, Bureau of Educational Research. For information call 1-800-735-3503 or check their website at http://www.ber.org/.

Nov. 20 - Chicago, IL
Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Students presented by Chick Moorman, Chicago (North), Illinois, Bureau of Educational Research. For information call 1-800-735-3503 or check their website at http://www.ber.org/.

Nov. 26 - Manchester, NH
Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Students presented by Chick Moorman, Manchester, NH, Bureau of Educational Research. For information call 1-800-735-3503 or check their website at http://www.ber.org/.

Nov. 27 - Portland ME
Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Students presented by Chick Moorman, Portland, ME, Bureau of Educational Research. For information call 1-800-735-3503 or check their website at http://www.ber.org/.

Nov. 29 - Kalamazoo, MI
9:00 am - 9:50 am, Keynote Address and Concurrent Sessions presented by Chick Moorman, Title I in SW Michigan, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI. For information contact Pat Muessig at pmuessig@hotmail.com.

Nov. 29 - Kalamazoo, MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, The Montessori School (Kalamazoo, MI), Unity Church, Kalamazoo, MI. For information email Pam Boudreau at pam@themontessorischool.org.



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