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The Response-Able Educator Newsletter 22
August 25, 2003

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Welcome! This is a free newsletter on becoming a Response-Able teacher and developing Response-Able students.

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MISSION STATEMENT

My 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.

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IN THIS ISSUE

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1. Quote [back to top]

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"We are called on not to do great things, but to do small things with great
love."

----Mother Teresa

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2. Teacher Talk Tip [back to top]

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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 Moorman and Nancy Weber ($12.95 plus $3.75 shipping and handling.) To order, contact Personal Power Press at (toll-free) 877-360-1477 or email ipp57@aol.com. Quantity discount prices available.

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3. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation [back to top]

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Today, are you being what you wanted to be when you grew up?

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4. Fact [back to top]

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Every 37 seconds a baby is born to a mother who is not a high school graduate.

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5. Grant Alert [back to top]

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Need some dollars to launch an important project in your classroom or school? Check out www.grantsalert.com. This Web site assists nonprofit groups - and that includes educators.

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6. Humor [back to top]

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Always pick on the correct idiom.

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7. Educator's Oath [back to top]

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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
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Chick Moorman is available to keynote your fall staff development meeting,
conference, or recognition dinner. Contact him at ipp57@aol.com or call
(toll-free) 877-360-1477. Full-day seminars include the following topics:
"Teaching for Respect and Responsibility," "Achievement Motivation and
Behavior Management," and "Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers."

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8. Idea Swap [back to top]

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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.

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9. Convocation [back to top]

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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 you think.

AWARD

Every student,
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.
Reward yourself.
Love yourself.
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,

With Love,

The staff, faculty, and administration of L'Anse Creuse High School
Honors Convocation, 1991

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10. We Get Email [back to top]

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Hello Chick,

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,

Deb Edwards
(dedwards@tp.devry.edu)

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