Response-Able Educator Newsletter #76

November 14, 2008

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In This Issue

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


1. Quote

"Life does not happen to us. It happens from us."

 

Mike Wickett


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if respect for the choices students make is one of the best choices we can make? Can you give up attempting to get students to make the choices you wish they would make? Can you see their choices as perfect?

 

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 red Chevy Cobalt in Bristol, CT:

We All Live Downstream.


4. Sign of the Times

A.)  Observed on a T-shirt worn by a teacher in Bangor, ME:

     There are only 10 kinds of people.

Those who understand binary and those who don't.

B.)  Seen on a wall in a high school administrator's office:

     The most important thing you can give someone is a choice.

C.) Spotted in a middle school classroom:

     Some people have a way with words.

     Some people have not way.


5. Article: It's All Perfect

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

 

Feeling stressed out? Are you experiencing regular hassles with your students, administration, and/or colleagues? Does it feel like you're under increasing pressure as you move through your teaching day? Does the word "burnout" seem like more than just a cute term? Not to worry. Help is on the way.


Stress occurs because our interpretive minds view situations as bad, terrible, and awful. When we think things should be a certain way and reality does not match our mental model, we create stress for ourselves. The solution to the teacher stress problem is simple. It lies in helping educators view situations differently. In fact, the best stress reduction technique currently available to professional educators is the "it's all perfect" belief system.

It's difficult to create stress for yourself when you see something as perfect. So why not see everything as perfect? "But everything is not perfect," you might argue. Yes, it is—if you choose to see it that way.

 

If your students are making five-minute speeches and they listen respectfully to each other, it's perfect. If they are disrespectful to each other, that's perfect, too. It's the perfect time to debrief the situation with your class, helping them examine their behavior and how it's affecting their classmates. You can't find a more perfect time to help students take a look at their choices concerning listening to others, and learn from those choices.

 

If your students get started quickly after you give an assignment, it is perfect. On the other hand, if they take several minutes to begin, they are giving you the perfect data you need to design a lesson to teach them how to get started quickly. Can there be a more perfect time to help them learn how to get started quickly? Hardly. It is perfect.

 

Did you overhear two students gossiping about another student? It's not awful. It's not disgusting. It's perfect—the perfect time to confront gossiping and to teach about this form of abuse.

 

Did one of your students fail to get her work in on time for you to sign her eligibility slip so she could play in the weekend volleyball game? Resist the urge to see the situation as terrible. Refrain from viewing her as lazy or unmotivated. This is the perfect time to help her learn about the responsibilities that go with being a student athlete. It is the perfect time to help her appreciate the cause-and-effect relationship between her effort and the results that follow. You cannot find a more perfect time to help her learn these lessons.

 

Did one of your second-graders cry all morning because her dog died last night? This is the perfect time to show her and all the other students in your class the power of empathy. It is the perfect time to demonstrate how you honor feelings and refrain from talking children out of them. It is the perfect time to teach the power of allowing by allowing her to grieve, to be with her feelings, and to be honored for where she currently is emotionally. What a perfect time to demonstrate all those important lessons.

 

You can choose to see events that unfold in your classroom as awful or as perfect. The choice is yours. See them as perfect and you create less stress for yourself, enabling you to handle whatever events arise more effectively from your true center. Perceive them as awful and that is perfect, too. It's the perfect data you need to show you how you are choosing to interpret the events of your teaching life. It's the perfect time to change your mind and see it all as perfect.

 

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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Humor

Did you hear about the rubber-band pistol that was confiscated from algebra class? It was a weapon of math disruption.



Schedule

Nov. 17 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

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. 18 - Buffalo, 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. 19 - Syracuse, 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. 20 - Albany, 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. 20 – Bay City, MI

How to Get Your Kids to do Homework Without Having a Nervous Breakdown yourself presented by Thomas Haller, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bay Valley Hotel & Resort, 2470 Old Bridge Rd, Bay City, MI 48706. You can buy tickets online!

 

Nov. 21 - Burlington, VT

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.



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.

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