Response-Able Educator Newsletter #83

August 3, 2009

Welcome! This is a free newsletter about becoming a Response-Able educator who develops Response-Able students.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and uplift the spirits of educators so they can in turn inspire, encourage, and uplift the spirits of their students.

In This Issue

1.  Quote
2.  Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3.  Bumper Sticker
4.  Article: Let It Go
5.  Pet Peeves of Presenters

1. Quote

"In order to enjoy reading, students must have an opportunity to talk about what they have read."

Ray Smith

2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if you are not really a teacher? What if you were sent to earth to be a healer and don't yet realize it? What if healing is your main purpose in the classroom this year? What if your content is only the water you are splashing around in? Would it change how you see your students? Would it alter what you do?

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3. Bumper Sticker

Spotted on a white Ford Focus in Trenton, MI:
Always Be Nice
To The Lunch Lady

4. Let It Go

By Chick Moorman

One third-grade teacher I know had students writing on toilet paper recently. No paper shortage existed. The toilet paper choice was a purposeful decision that would symbolically represent the mind skill she was currently presenting to her students.
"You each have two sheets of toilet paper," she explained. "With a pen, I want you to write a sentence describing some incident that happened this year that you would like to forget. Perhaps it was your grade on the last spelling test, or the time Mr. Stanley had to come in to ask you to be more respectful of the substitute teacher. It could be a time you teased or were teased. Maybe you couldn't find the right birthday present for a friend or didn't get invited to a party. Take a minute and record the incident on your toilet paper."
The students did as instructed. They were used to engaging in unusual activities in this classroom. After all, their teacher was a Spirit Whisperer.
When everyone had finished writing, this educator marched her students into the restroom, where they deposited their writings in the toilet. "Watch what happens," she instructed as she flushed the toilet. As you would expect, a swirl of water swept the papers away and out of sight as the interested students crowded around to get a good view.
After the students had returned to their seats, the teacher inductively coaxed from them the messages the activity was intended to deliver, which included: 

  • If you don't like what's happening to you in your life, you can flush it.
  • What's done is done. Let it go.
  • Get rid of bad feelings.
  • Writing it down and throwing it away helps you get rid of it.
  • Don't hang on to negative thoughts.
Let it go is the mind skill this teacher was demonstrating with the toilet paper activity. This is a mind skill that can be carried out physically, using the toilet, or done with a mental flush.
Symbolic gestures and imagery help mind skills stick in the consciousness. Let it go can be accomplished by visualizing concerns taped to balloons and allowing them to ascend in your imagination. Using real balloons is not an option as wild animals can be harmed by the remnants of the activity. Resentments from the past can be burned or buried, flushed, or sent away on imaginary balloons. They can be ripped up and thrown in the wastebasket.
The symbolism of actually burning file cards in a burn barrel and the imagery of seeing the cards and what they represent burning in your mind are right-brain activities. That's the stuff of long-term memory. What are students going to remember about your classroom ten years from now? Probably not that one day they learned five new compound words. Probably not that they read a chapter on amphibians. Probably not that they got a "B" on the economics test. But I bet they'll never forget the day they went out on the school grounds and buried their "I can'ts." The day they flushed their concerns down the toilet may stick with them forever.
Chick Moorman is the author of Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a Child’s Spirit. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. To obtain more information about how he can help you or your group meet your staff development or parenting needs, visit his website today:

5. Pet Peeves of Presenters

Note: Please pass this article on to whoever organizes your staff development programs before the back-to-school in-service program season begins.
Do you have a pet peeve, a small or large issue over which you create irritation? Professional speakers and seminar leaders do. I recently asked several consultants what they find irritating as they attempt to deliver high-quality programs to participants. Here are the pet peeves of presenters, in their own words. 
A.  I spent a lot of time and effort creating a quality PowerPoint presentation. I use big letters and visuals so they can be seen from the back of the room. So what kind of screen is supplied? What appears to be a 3x5 home movie screen (exaggeration) and I spend the rest of the day reading my slides to participants.

B.    Administrators sitting on the side talking. Or they sit in the back refusing to participate. It is as if they are telling the teachers, "This material is important for you but I am above it all."

C.    If 300 people are expected in a 500-seat auditorium, I ask that the back rows be taped off. I like people down front. Some teachers climb over the ropes. It would help if someone on the staff would speak to them about the behavior they are modeling.

D.   A stand-up microphone. I'm a mover. I have to have my hands and legs free. Rent a good mic if you have to. Most handheld mics rattle and make distracting noises.

E.    I get frustrated when the room is not set up the way I suggest. I always send a diagram. Yet, for some reason people want to change it on me. Please understand that when I say no tables I mean no tables.

F.    My introduction is important to me. It sets the tone for the entire presentation. I write it out ahead of time and give it to my introducer. Recently, the introducer announced, "The speaker gave me this to read, so here it is."

G.   Please turn off the school bells. Why do bells have to ring every fifty-five minutes during my full-day presentation?

H.    Typed name tags that can't be read from three feet away are useless to me. Have people put their first name on the name tag in LARGE letters.

I.     Does the custodian really have to be paged over the intercom in the middle of my presentation? Please eliminate announcements in the seminar room.
This has been a public service announcement on behalf of presenters everywhere. Thank you for passing it on to meeting planners in your school district.


Copyright 2009 Chick Moorman Seminars and Thomas Haller Seminars, all rights reserved. Share this with your circle.


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Aug. 13 - Rock Falls, IL.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Rock Falls Public Schools, High School. For information contact Jan McKanna at 815-626-0917 or email
Aug. 14 - Cincinnati, OH.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. SC Ministry Foundation and St. Lawrence School, St. Lawrence Parish Center. For information contact M. Maureen Maxfield at 513-347-1134 or email
Aug. 18 - Muskegon, MI.
Keynote and Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Muskegon ISD, Muskegon Community College. For information contact Melba White Newsome at 231-767-7260 or email
Aug. 28 - Gaylord, MI.
Teaching Respect & Responsibility presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. St. Fabian School. For information contact Carina Gaynier at
Aug. 31 - Colebrook, NH.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Colebrook Public Schools, Colebrook Elementary School. For information contact Mary Melanie Gray at
Sept. 2 - LaFargeville, NY.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:15 am - 3:15 pm. LaFargeville Central School District, High School. For information contact Susan Whitney at 315-658-2241 or email
Sept. 3 - Kingston, NY.
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Kingston City Schools, High School. For information contact Julie Linton at 845-943-3940 or email
Sept. 3 - Kingston, NY.
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman, 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. Kingston City Schools, High School. For information contact Julie Linton at 845-943-3940 or email

Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at 1-877-360-1477 or e-mail him at


Thomas Haller

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