Response-Able Educator Newsletter #78

January 27, 2009

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In This Issue

1.      Quote

2.      Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

3.      Bumper Sticker

4.      Sign of the Times

5.      Article: The Pillsbury Dough Boy Meets Physical Education
6.   Website

1. Quote

"When you push someone, they usually push back. Pushing is standing still or moving in the opposite direction from what you want."

Barry Neil Kaufman

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What can you do today to help this student feel safe to show you more of herself than she has been willing to show so far? How can you change your behavior to encourage that?

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


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a gray Chevy Traverse in Madison, WI:


Support Wisconsin Libraries.

Keep us all in a better state.


4. Sign of the Times

A.) Observed on a T-shirt worn by a workshop participant in El Paso, TX:

The world will not come to an end today,

It's already tomorrow in Australia.

B.) The Positive Pocket

This idea was started by a school counselor in Omaha, NE. It's a pocket made out of construction paper and displayed on a bulletin board in the staff lounge. Each week a different person's name appears on the pocket and staff members write positive notes and leave them in the pocket. It can serve as a real pick-me-up at the end of the day for the featured teacher.

C.) Seen on a librarian's desk in New York City:

In the quest for speed, books are lost on children.

5. Article: The Pillsbury-Dough Boy Meets Physical Education

By Chick Moorman


Five foot nine.

210 pounds.

Clearly the prototype of the Pillsbury Doughboy.


That was me in high school. And it was that body, along with an equally unconditioned attitude, that I dragged to physical education class every day in 1959. Irv Menzel was the instructor. He was also the boys' basketball coach. He owned a whistle and a clipboard and what looked like one set of clothes which he appeared to wear every day.


Coach Menzel was determined in the winter semester of that year to have us all learn how to do, among other things, a neck spring. A neck spring, for those of you who are too young to recall or fortunate enough to have missed an Irv Menzel in your high school experience, is a physical maneuver that requires that you begin flat on your back on a mat. You then rock back and forth until you get as far up on your shoulders as possible. At that critical point, you place your hands behind your shoulders and plant them firmly on the mat. You then push with your hands, at the same time kicking your legs forward. If all goes as planned, you land on your feet, to your own amazement and to the surprise of anyone else who might be watching.


I could not do a neck spring. I tried. I practiced. I was just too out of shape. Too many pounds, not enough muscle. Give me a middle linebacker to block and I was your man. Forget this neck spring thing. That was for gymnasts. I was a football player.


On testing day, Coach Menzil appeared with his clipboard and whistle. "On the mat, Moorman," he said, when it became my time to demonstrate my ability. I complied.


"Give me a neck spring," he commanded.


"I've never done a neck spring," I whispered meekly.


"I didn't ask you if you had ever done one. I asked you do one for me now."


"Coach, I can't do a neck spring."


"Moorman, act as if you can. Act as if you have done five of them already."


"But I haven't done any."


"I didn't ask you how many you have done. Just act as if you know how to do one."


"OK, Coach."


With adrenaline pumping and classmates watching, I rocked back and forth until I got high on my shoulders. Then I pushed and kicked simultaneously in a way that I had never pushed and kicked before. For whatever combination of reasons, I landed on my feet. I had successfully completed the first neck spring of my life. The coach checked me off his list and called on another student.


Fifty years later I remember that first neck spring. I am also aware that it is the only neck spring I have ever done. That's right. I have never used that skill anywhere, ever, in my entire life, ever again. Which tempts me to say that a neck spring is not unlike a lot of other things we learn in school that we will never use again in our entire lives. Which then leads me to wonder why teachers teach those things in the first place.


Yet, as I think back, reflecting on what Irv Menzel taught me many years ago, I am aware that the neck spring was not what he was really teaching. The neck spring was merely the water he was splashing around in. What he was actually teaching is that you can do anything you set your mind to, that you can do things that might seem impossible at first glance if you act as if you can, and that the power of belief in yourself is a powerful force if harnessed in a focused direction.


Yes, Irv Menzel was a physical education teacher. But he was much more than that. Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, he put spirit in the forefront of the important educational trilogy of mind, body, and spirit. Thank you, Irv Menzel, from a reformed Pillsbury Doughboy.

Chick Moorman is the author of Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child’s Spirit and, along with Thomas Haller, co-authored Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children: Practical Strategies for Parents and Teachers to Help Children Manifest a Better World. Chick and Thomas 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:  and

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


6. Website

Check out You will find over 100 sites for teachers, rated by popularity. Includes sites for teachers of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, writing and more.

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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CHANGE: Begins with Parenting

Posted: January 23, 2009 

Do you feel the energetic vibration pulsating across the country? It's called change. Our nation as we know it is about to undergo a massive alteration. Our new leader, President Barack Obama, is calling for us to transform our ways.

The president is asking…


Preparing Your Child for Flight

Posted: January 22, 2009

No doubt you and your children have heard and seen images of the airplane that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River. The videos of the plane making a water landing and passengers being dramatically rescued have left an indelible image on the minds of all viewers, including your children.

If you're planning an airplane trip with your child in the near future…


Resolutions Revisited

Posted: January 12, 2009

In 2009 I resolve to stop yelling at my kids.

That is precisely the New Year's pledge that Marion Budnick broke the first week of the new year. It wasn't that she didn't have positive intentions. It wasn't that she didn't want to end the yelling. It wasn't even that she wasn't sincere about her goal. All of those were firmly in place. Yet something else was missing…


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Valentine's Day Special

Not candy. Not flowers. Not even an expensive dinner at a fine restaurant.

How about a relationship book that will help you and your spouse say "I love you" to each other all year long?


·         A treasury of practical ideas for building a relationship of caring, respect, and intimacy.

·         Strategies for holding your relationship together with trust and compassion.

·         Tips for how to achieve open and honest communication between you and your partner.


Between now and February 14, this valuable book is being offered to you at half price, only $12.50. And we pay the postage.


Couple Talk: How to Talk Your Way to a Great Relationship


by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller


Hardback book, 288 pages (normally $24.95)


Contains a variety of verbal skills and language patterns that will strengthen your primary relationship by improving communication between you and your partner. Become a response-able communicator—able to respond appropriately and effectively to the everyday situations that all couples encounter. Helps you build a relationship based on mutual respect and caring.


·         Read it together.

·         Discuss and debrief.

·         Build a stronger relationship.


Happy Valentine's Day from Personal Power Press.


Special Event

A NEW Training of Trainers in the Parent Talk System
June 4 - 6, 2009
Mid Kansas Community Action Program, Inc.

730 Cliff Drive
Augusta, KS

  • 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?  

Download the Augusta, KS, 2009 workshop brochure

Click here for more information and the Parent Talk System brochure 


Jan. 29 – Bay City, MI

Communication Matters presented by Thomas Haller, Bay Arenac ISD, Bay City, MI


Feb. 2 – Novi, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Novi Meadows School, Novi, MI – AM


Feb. 2 – Novi, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Parkview Elementary School, Novi, MI – PM


Feb. 2 - Chicago South, IL

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


Feb. 3 - Champaign, IL

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


Feb. 4 - Peoria, IL

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


Feb. 5 - Rockford, IL

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


Feb. 6 - Chicago North, IL

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



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