Response-Able Educator Newsletter #74

September 11, 2008

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In This Issue

We promise ourselves now to be miserable later. Isn't it amazing how we can predict the future?

1. Quote
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Sign of the Times
5. Article: Superintendent's Lottery

6. Self-Talk

1. Quote

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913), British politician, naturalist, and archeologist

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Who else do you see as the creator of this experience before you right now? What if you owned it by believing that you alone created it? Can you help your students come to that same realization?

3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a white Ford Windstar in Cedar City, Utah:


I ran with scissors

And I survived.

4. Sign of the Times

A.)  Observed on a T-shirt worn by the custodian at Universal School in Bridgeville, IL:

 You're Unique

 Just like everyone else.

B.)  Seen on a wall in an administrator's office at Summit School in Warren, OH:

     Excuses stop here.
Only positive attitudes beyond this point.

C.)   Sign noticed in a fourth-grade classroom:

Let's Get Along

Use kind words.

Be quick to forgive.



Encourage others.

Take turns.

Think before acting.

Talk it out.


D.)     Acronym seen in Forsyth, MO, home of the panthers. Spotted next to a panther paw logo on several signs in the hall.



Positive Attitude Wins Success

5. Article: Superintendent's Lottery

By Chick Moorman


I have participated in enough (over 200) back-to-school opening day ceremonies to know what to expect. It doesn't matter whether I was sitting there as a teacher or as a presenter getting ready to give my inspirational kick-off message about teaching to a student's spirit. That first day has always been pretty much the same.


The superintendent welcomes everyone back, making a few comments about how fast the summer went. Then the building administrators are introduced. They, in turn, introduce the new staff members, who stand up while everyone claps. 


At this point, the superintendent takes the opportunity to remind staff members of the mission statement, goals and objectives for the upcoming year and the importance of achievement. A review of the past year, important legislative concerns, and updates on the status of construction projects are also included. He or she reminds the staff about the importance of having positive relationships with students and with each other.


Although the names and faces and places change, the message is pretty much the same. That's why my ears perked up when I heard School Union 98 Superintendent Rob Liebow mention the Superintendent's Lottery on my recent trip to Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

I figured I knew what was going to happen. He was surely going to draw a name, and some excited teacher was going to win an opportunity to have a teacher's assistant for a day. I was wrong.


Rob began by sharing with the staff how much time and effort had gone into a successful consolidation effort during the past year. He acknowledged the fact that he did not get to visit classrooms as often as he would have liked because of that necessary focus. He vowed to make it up, and then explained the details of his lottery plan.


All teachers' names had been placed in a hat. And yes, the teachers whose names were drawn would have a teacher's assistant for a day. But Ron stood ready to select twenty names from the hat! And he, personally, committed himself to working in classrooms at the rate of two a month. "Anything goes when I show up in your classroom," Rob announced. "Within reason," he quickly added. "Give me my marching orders and I’m ready to go. I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll read stories, correct papers, teach math, or tutor someone. You decide."


Twenty names were selected that morning, as teachers clearly enjoyed the process. A high-school physical education teacher was the first one drawn. Then came a first-grade teacher, followed by a school librarian. Math, history, and theatre teachers won the lottery that day. So did a middle-school language arts teacher and a technology integration instructor.


The first scheduled classroom excursion is scheduled for later this month. One can only imagine the variety of activities superintendent Rob Liebow will get to experience or the amount of fun teachers will have ordering him around. While the level of teacher fun and Rob's variety of activities are uncertain at this point, one thing is clear. Here is a superintendent who doesn't just talk about the importance of relationships and maintaining the human connection. Here is one who regularly puts it into practice in his professional life. I think the entire staff won the Superintendent's Lottery. And I think they know it.


Chick Moorman is the author of Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child's Spirit, and the coauthor, with Thomas Haller, of Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. He publishes a free monthly e-zine for educators and another for parents. To sign up for an e-zine, order a book, or obtain more information about how Chick can help you or your group meet your staff development or parenting needs, visit his website today: or

Spirit Whisperers: Teacher's Who Nourish a Child Spirit


6. Self-Talk

"If I don't pass this test, I'll be in trouble."

"If she calls on me, I won't know what to say."

"I'll never be able to find what I need in the library."

"If I don't get to sleep, I won't do well in the game tomorrow."

Isn't it just incredible how good your students are at predicting their future?


Copyright 2008 Chick Moorman Seminars and Thomas Haller Seminars, all rights reserved. Share this with your circle.

Flashback: The Year 1908

100 Years Ago


Only six percent of Americans had graduated from high school.


Two out of every ten adults could not read or write.


Eight percent of homes had a telephone.


There were only 144 miles of paved roads.


Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education!


Sneak Preview

Reese and Parker Haller are putting the finishing touches on a new book. No, it is not a new Fred the Mouse book. No, we are not going to tell you the name of it. But we will give you some hints.

  1. It is by kids and for kids.
  2. It is appropriate for all middle-school students.
  3. It will help them succeed in school and in life.
  4. Readers will gain interpersonal skills, develop self-responsibility, and stay safe.
  5. Since you will want one for each of your middle-school students, multi-copy discounts are being created.
  6. This is not a book you will buy one of. It is a book that will be ordered for an entire classroom.
  7. The question "What did you do on your summer vacation?" will soon take on a whole new meaning.
  8. Coming in time for the December gift-giving season.

Stay tuned.

Featured Product: Good Praise/Bad Praise: How To Praise Your Way to Creating an Emotionally Healthy Child

E-course 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 child 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 children to rely on the opinions of others for measures of their self-worth.

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



Sept. 18 - Farmington Hills, MI

Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Red Hill Montessori. Contact Ms. Leila at 248-736-2949 or email

Sept. 26 – Mason, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, 10:00 am, North Aurelius Elementary, Mason, MI.


Sept. 26 – Williamston, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, 2:15 pm, Williamston Explorer Elementary, Williamston, MI.


Sept. 26 – Haslett, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, 4:00 pm, Haslett Library, Haslett, MI.


Oct. 7 – Dowagiac, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller and How to Inspire Children to Write presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, 7:00 pm, Patrick Hamilton Elementary, Dowagiac, MI.


Oct. 8 – Dowagiac, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, and to Inspire Children to Write presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Kincheloe Elementary, Dowagiac, MI.


Oct. 8 – Rhinelander, WI

Motivating the Unmotivated Presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Rhinelander School District, Rhinelander, WI. Contact Mary Rudis at 715-282-3503 or email


Oct. 8 – Rhinelander, WI

Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm, - 9:00 pm. Rhinelander School District, Rhinelander, WI. Contact Mary Rudis at 715-282-3503 or email


Oct. 16 - Kalamazoo, MI

Parent Like No One Else So Your Children Can Grow Up To Be Like No One Else presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Kalamazoo Montessori, Unity Church. Contact Pam Boudreau


Oct. 22 - Shanty Creek, MI

Conference Keynote presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. MACAE, Shanty Creek Conference Center. Contact John Zappala at 517-349-2202 or email


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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