Response-Able Educator Newsletter #75

October 20, 2008

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In This Issue

1. Quote
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Sign of the Times
5. Article: Pre-Seed Your Day


1. Quote

"The quieter you become the more you can hear."

 

Ram Dass


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if today you gave up concern for what is happening on the outside and paid more attention to what is happening on the inside? Would that alter what is happening on the outside?

Being a Spirit Whisperer is about your state of being in the classroom. It is not what you are saying. It is not what you are doing. It is not what you are thinking. It is about your beingness as you work with students.

Your spirit, your essence, is the most important gift you bring to your students. It is more important than your curriculum. It is more important than the content you cover. It is more important than rules and regulations. It is more important than test scores. It is the most important thing you have to offer your students. Your spirit has a vibration. This essence has a glow. It resonates and touches the consciousness of those you come in contact with.

Your students aren't taking a year of fifth grade or biology from you. They are taking a year of YOU for fifth grade or biology. Let your spirit shine through.

Get a full year of SW Contemplations free when you order the Spirit Whisperer book.

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3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a yellow Volkswagen Bug in Calgary, Alberta, Canada:

Hug a Librarian

The Original Search Engine


4. Sign of the Times

A.)  Observed on a T-shirt worn by a senior in San Antonio, TX:

Pi R Squared?
Most pie I see are round.

B.)  Seen on a wall in a middle school language arts classroom:

     Quotation marks are "not" to be used for emphasis.

C.)   Sign noticed on a high school counselor's office door:

Misery

used to fight misery

creates more misery.


5. Article: Pre-Seed Your Day

 

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

 

So you had a bad day. It didn't exactly turn out the way you wanted. Your students had trouble settling down, they didn't listen, and they struggled with the assignment. You heard numerous side conversations, gossip, and frequent complaints. You noticed students doodling, staring out the window, and sending text messages. You felt irritation, frustration, and annoyance. Not exactly a day you want repeated tomorrow.

 

So what do you do about it? Give one of your eloquent lectures, call a few parents, or pass out warning slips? Probably not. Perhaps a new technique is called for. Consider pre-seeding your day.

 

Pre-seeding is a technique that plants the seeds in the morning that you expect to see bloom throughout the day. Tomorrow, before students arrive, set your intention for what you want to see.

 

What do you want to see? How about cooperation, helpers, or achievement?

 

What do you want to notice? Perhaps kindness, wellness, or growth is your desire.

 

What do you expect to perceive? It might be curiosity, follow-through, or love.

 

Whatever you choose, write it on a file card and carry it around with you throughout the day. You don’t even have to take it out of your pocket. Just knowing it is there will allow you to see more instances of what you have written on the card.

 

When you pre-seed the day, you are turning on your reticular activating system, the part of your brain that decides what information to let in and what to shut out. It tells you what to notice and what not to notice. We are bombarded with stimuli all day long, including light, sounds, words, temperature, feelings, touch, smells, etc. If we noticed every stimulus that comes at us, our system would not be able to handle it. We would wilt and collapse from overstimulation. Hence, the need for the reticular activating system. It decides what data to let in and what data to ignore so we don't go into overload.

 

This phenomenon is similar to what probably happened the last time you bought a new car. You never had a Trailblazer before so your reticular activating system helped you eliminate unneeded information by not noticing them. Trailblazers went whizzing right by on the highway without you noticing or paying any attention. Once you bought a Trailblazer you began seeing them all over the place. What’s that about? Did many more Trailblazers suddenly take to the road? No, your reticular activating system just decided to let that information in because it knew you were interested in Trailblazers.

 

Put your reticular activating system to use in your classroom. Signal it to notice effort, kindness, or curiosity. Do that by pre-seeding your day with a positive intention to see what you want to see. No matter where you are in the school, no matter what group of students you are working with, no matter what function you are engaged in as a professional educator, you will see more of what you want to see.

 

Each morning, get clear about your intentions. This pre-seeding of the day will help you see more of the behavior you desire during the day. When you see more of the behavior you want, you will tend to see students as being more that way. When you see them as more that way, you will come to believe that they are more that way. When you believe they are more that way, you will tend to see more of the times when they are indeed that way.

 

Create a better day for yourself tomorrow with pre-seeding. You deserve it, and so do your students.

 

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the co-authors of Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children: Practical Strategies for Parents and Teachers to Help Children Manifest a Better World. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free monthly e-zine for educators and another for parents. To sign up for them or to learn more about the seminars they offer teachers and parents, visit their websites today: www.chickmoorman.com  and www.thomashaller.com


Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children: Practical Strategies for Parents and Teachers to Help Children Manifest a Better World

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TEACHING THE ATTRACTION PRINCIPLE TO CHILDREN.

Copyright

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

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  • Develop self-responsibility and positive attitudes.
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  • Create habits that promote healthy character traits.
  • Find solutions to problems and become active solution seekers.
  • Determine what they want and create plans to make it happen.

Success leaves clues. In this book it is obvious that Reese and Parker Haller have been paying attention to the clues left by the important people in their lives. Here, for the benefit of your students, they present a collection of success tips to inspire and help children become who they truly want to be.

 

"You don't have to wait to be a grown-up to be successful," these young authors suggest. "You can do it now!"

 

Coming in time for the holidays! Watch your e-mail for a special pre-holiday sale to be delivered soon.

 

Yes, there will be a discount for teachers wishing to purchase copies for their entire classroom. 



Special Event
  • Do you feel called in your soul to help parents consider the possibility that there might be a better way, an enlightened way, to parent?
  • Are you interested in helping parents move from a fear- and shame-based parenting style to one that is love based?
  • Would you consider helping the parents in your community make a shift in perception that would allow them to become the change that will change our world for the better?
  • Are you ready to make a giant leap forward to actualizing your potential as a healer of the planet?

If so, consider…..

The Parent Talk System Training of Trainers
July 30 – Aug. 1, 2009
Spring Arbor University
19855 West Outer Drive
Suite 300 E
Dearborn, MI



Product of the Month

Motivating the Unmotivated: Practical Strategies for Teaching the Hard-to-Reach Student


Featuring Chick Moorman


Audio Seminar ($95.00)


Includes four compact disks and a comprehensive resource handbook. Chick Moorman shares successful techniques for teaching strategies to hard-to-reach students to motivate them to succeed in school. You will learn a wide variety of proven strategies to prevent power struggles, increase self-motivation, and help students build positive and productive relationships.


Three free books if ordered before December 1.


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Schedule

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 john.zappala@okemosschools.net.

Nov. 3 - Portland, ME
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org

Nov. 4 - Providence, RI
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org

Nov. 5 - Hartford, CT
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org

Nov. 6 - Newburgh, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org

Nov. 7 - Long Island, NY
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or www.ber.org

Nov. 10 – Livonia, MI
Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, American Montessori Academy, Livonia, MI.

Nov. 11 – Ann Arbor, MI
7:00 P.M. The Discipline Strategy Every Parent of a Middle School Student Needs presented by Thomas Haller. Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. 734-994-1985.



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.

Links

Contact

Personal Power Press
1-877-360-1477

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