"We are called on not to do great things, but to do small things
Pay attention to how you use pronouns. To prevent conflict and increase
the odds that students will do what you want, reduce your use of the pronoun
"you" and replace it with "I."
"Here is a suggestion I have about your report" is more effective
than the accusatory "You shouldn't have done that."
"Why didn't you follow directions?" is not as effective as
"Help me understand why the directions were not followed."
Replace the blaming Teacher Talk of "You did such and such"
with "Here's my theory of what just occurred."
A manipulation of your use of pronouns will help you communicate with
respect and get the behavior you desire.
(Adapted from "Teacher Talk: What It Really Means" by Chick
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3. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation [back
Today, are you being what you wanted to be when you grew up?
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Always pick on the correct idiom.
I dedicate myself to the life of an educator,
to laying the living foundations upon which
successive generations must continue to build their lives.
I dedicate myself to the advancement of learning,
for I know that without it,
our successors will lack both the vision
and the power to build well.
I dedicate myself to the cultivation of character,
for I know that humanity cannot flourish
without courage, compassion, honesty, and trust.
I commit myself to the advancement of my own learning
and to the cultivation of my own character,
for I know that I must bear witness in my own life
to the ideals that I have dedicated myself to promote in others.
In the presence of this gathering,
I bind myself to this oath.
Boston University Educator's Club
Stephen Tigner, University of Toledo
Chick Moorman is available to keynote your fall staff development meeting,
conference, or recognition dinner. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(toll-free) 877-360-1477. Full-day seminars include the following topics:
"Teaching for Respect and Responsibility," "Achievement
Behavior Management," and "Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers."
I presented my "Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers" keynote address
for the Corunna Public Schools staff this week in Michigan. As the participants
checked in and filled out name tags, they were given a welcome packet
that included an agenda, a pad of paper, a pen, and handouts for the various
sessions going on throughout the day.
One item that surprised me was a 3x5 coupon on brightly colored paper.
It informed staff, "This coupon can be used in exchange for FORGIVENESS
of one big mistake or implementation effort that did not go as well as
expected during the 2003-2004 school year." Spaces were provided
for signatures of the person using the coupon and the person granting
forgiveness. I kept mine in case I needed it.
The following award was presented to every student at the Honors Convocation
at L'Anse Creuse High School in 1991. Although this award was presented
at the end of the year, it might be just as effective in the beginning
of the year. At times it is beneficial to begin where we ended. See what
Not for what you have or have not achieved;
Rather for the reality of what you are
and for the hope that you will find your gifts,
cultivate your gifts,
and express your gifts
for your own delight,
and for the need in the world that your gifts can satisfy.
If we didn't notice, forgive us.
Don't let our noticing or not noticing direct your doing and being.
Forgive a world that is too self-consumed to notice.
Love a world that needs your love more than it deserves it.
Finally, celebrate yourself as you celebrate the other miracles in life.
At this moment we celebrate you,
Each of you,
All of you,
Not for what you have or have not achieved;
Rather, as we celebrate a sunset, a rainbow, a landscape, a starry night,
And nature's other natural wonders.
We celebrate you,
Now and forever,
The staff, faculty, and administration of L'Anse Creuse High School
Honors Convocation, 1991
I want to share with you something I have been doing in my class and
in my life - eliminating words of judgment. I have really been concentrating
on this, and it is unbelievable how judgmental our language is. Neil Donald
Walsh, in one of his books, uses the terms "different," "what
works," and "what doesn't work" to replace judgmental terms.
I am finding the energy of the terms he suggests gives a much different
feeling than judgmental words.
Today, in a faculty meeting regarding faculty survey results, I suggested
the concept of "finding something different" because the results
of the survey indicated that in one area, what we were doing "wasn't
working." What a freeing exercise this has been in my life. I recommend
it to all your readers.
Thank you for your time,
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