Response-Able Educator Newsletter #79

March 13, 2009

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In This Issue

1.      Quote

2.      Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

3.      Bumper Sticker

4.      Sign of the Times

5.      The Compelling Why

6.      Twelve-Year-Old Starts Weekly Radio Broadcast

1. Quote

"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."

Emma Goldman (1869-1940), political activist

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

Just for today, live your life as if you are the cause of all your experiences. Notice your reaction to doing that. In this way you get to be-cause.

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


3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a green Chevy Blazer in, AZ: 


I have a degree in liberal arts.

Do you want fries with that?

4. Sign of the Times

A.) Observed on a note on a principal's desk in Houston, TX:

     Firm, respectful follow-up, every day, is a valuable move toward permanently altering the student's behavior and attitude. 

B.) Seen on a counselor's door in Chicago, IL:

Being brave does not mean you are not afraid.

5. The Compelling Why

Dear Chick and Thomas,


I teach geometry and algebra in a large suburban high school. My students do not understand why they have to take either of these classes. They keep asking things like, "Why do I have to take these classes? I’m never going to use this stuff." 


The first time I was asked this question in geometry class I was caught off guard. I didn’t have an answer. I mumbled something, but my answer was ill prepared and lacked definitive examples and explanation. So, like any good teacher, I went home and got prepared.


I researched the Internet and found many jobs that require either the skills taught in geometry or in algebra. I discovered occupations such as architects, lawn management, scientists, rocketry, artists, and more that use the skills my students had been learning or would soon be exposed to in class. Armed with new ammunition, I couldn't wait until I was asked the "why do we have to learn this" question again. I didn't have to wait long.


Later that week one of my ninth graders questioned the need for the material I introduced in a new chapter. "This is stupid," he remarked. "What do we have to learn this stuff for?" I seized the opportunity to reveal my newly found information and replied with a smile, "Architects use this type of skill all the time on the job. They would have a tough time doing what they do without this material." Then, for good measure, I added a couple of examples and evidence that brought clarity to my assertion.


The good feeling that resulted from my intelligent response lasted only long enough for this student to say, "I'm never going to be an architect." I quickly shifted gears and informed him how NASA scientists use the skills we were learning in their occupation. "I am never going to work for NASA," he assured me. And so it went for the next week. Every time I shared an occupation that needed geometry or algebra skills I was confronted with a version of "I’m never going to do that."


I am about ready to give up coming up with a compelling why to communicate reasons for students to study the two subjects I love the most. Can you help me please?


Frustrated in Suburbia


Hello Frustrated,


We suggest you move your line of reasoning and your explanations from product to process. What we mean by that is this: your answers to their questions have been focused on the product, the results of learning algebra or geometry. Focus instead on the process: why it is important to go through the process of learning these subjects.


Chick is currently learning Spanish. He is learning Spanish not so much for the end result of being able to speak Spanish, but because the process keeps him young. He is feeding his brain. He is making sure the dendrites in his brain keep growing. He wants the synapses to keep on synapting, or whatever they do to function properly. The process of learning Spanish is as important as the product of speaking Spanish.


Your students are not learning algebra or geometry just so they will know a bunch of mathematical facts when they complete these courses. They are studying these subjects so they can feed their brains, so they can come to believe they can learn whatever they decide to learn in their lives. They study algebra and geometry so they can develop an "I can" stance toward life, so they will see themselves as someone who can accomplish a difficult task. In the process they create a picture of themselves as capable and responsible. The outcome of completing these courses is not so much the mastery of algebra and geometry as it is self-mastery—learning they can accomplish anything they set their minds to: seeing themselves as someone who can persevere, complete a difficult task, and achieve a goal they weren’t sure was possible for them.


The subject matter of algebra and geometry is only the water your students are currently splashing around in. The real lessons come through the process of meeting the challenges the course content presents them with. Forget where your students might use algebraic and geometric concepts in their lives. Focus instead on where they might use the life lessons they are learning. The process is more important than the product.


Hope this helps.




Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

6. Twelve-Year-Old Starts Weekly Radio Broadcast

Twelve-year-old author and motivational speaker Reese Haller is starting a weekly radio broadcast entitled Book Nook with Reese Haller. You can hear Reese every Tuesday morning between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m. on 102.5 FM-WIOG, Mid-Michigan’s #1 radio station. On the show, Reese critiques dozens of books for kids from ages seven to fifteen. He shares plot and character development with his listeners and even offers practical advice for motivating reluctant readers. He teaches children how to pick a book at their reading level and tells parents what they can do to encourage reading.

Celebrate March Is Reading Month with Reese Haller. Tune in to 102.5 FM every Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. If you can't catch the show live, you can listen online anytime at

For more information about this young inspiring author, visit


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

Featuring Chick Moorman

Audio Seminar ($95.00)

Includes four compact discs 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.  



March 12 - Wichita, KS

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


March 13 - Dallas, TX

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


March 16 & 17 - Rhinelander, WI

Teacher Talk presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 11:30 pm and 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, School District of Rhinelander, Rhinelander High School. For information contact George Risberg at 715-365-9700 ext. 8522 or email


March 19 - Poland, NY

Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Poland Central Schools, Poland Central High School. For information contact Karen Oczkowski at


March 19 – Bay City, MI

The 6 Best Parenting Strategies Ever presented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Bay Valley Hotel and Resort, Bay City, MI. Download a brochure or Register online at


March 20 - Poland, NY

Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:15 am - 3:00 pm, Poland Central Schools, Poland Central High School. For information contact Karen Oczkowski at


March 23 – Novi, MI

Catching the Writing Bug Literacy Day presented by Thomas and Reese Haller, Thornton Creek Elementary School, Novi, MI.

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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