This home support section of students' report cards is being used in
kindergarten through eighth grade. No decision has yet been made on whether
to use the parent report cards in high school.
Bumper sticker spotted in Dallas, TX:
My Labrador Retriever is smarter than your honor roll student.
7. Newsletter for Couples [back
To celebrate the publication of our new book, "Couple Talk: How
to Talk Your Way to a Great Relationship," Thomas Haller and I have
decided to create an E-newsletter for couples. This monthly venture, called
"Couple Talk," will be similar to the educator newsletter you
are currently reading. Thomas will edit the newsletter, and I will contribute
articles and tips from time to time.
To subscribe to "Couple Talk," email email@example.com and ask to be added to the Couple Talk Newsletter.
8. Article: The Drama Within the
Drama [back to top]
By Chick Moorman
The annual Board of Education dinner was running smoothly. The board
members and superintendents, representing twelve local school districts
one regional unit, had arrived on time and were networking profitably.
meal was hot, tasty, and filling. The preliminaries that led up to the
evening's entertainment held no hint of the drama soon to follow.
Entertainment, provided by the hosting high school's drama club, consisted
of a short play acted by several juniors and seniors. A comedy, the play
was intended to be light and lively, leaving the audience entertained
amused. It didn't work out that way.
The students performed flawlessly as the presentation began. Their timing
was impeccable, and the audience roared at all the right moments. The
students and all sixty-three board members seemed to be enjoying
themselves. Then it happened.
Suddenly, the young man who had the lead role paused in the center of
stage and took on that deer-in-the-headlights look that signaled he had
forgotten his next line. He froze and stared straight ahead. A prompt
from offstage. He began but halted again, looking frightened. Another
prompt came from the wings.
Everyone in the audience could hear the prompt. But for some reason,
student who stood center stage did not. He chose to bolt. He turned, walked
off to his right, and disappeared. (Later it was discovered that he had
walked out of the school, jumped in his car, and gone home.)
The crowd was visibly taken aback. They slumped in their chairs and let
their mouths drop open. The drama instructor waited momentarily to see
the student would return. When he did not, the instructor walked out on
stage with the script in hand and read the missing student's lines. The
play continued with this drama teacher reading the necessary lines while
the other students played out their roles.
Board members applauded at the end. The remaining performers took the
customary curtain call and smiled at the appreciation and recognition
received. But when the curtain closed for the final time, board members
were left wondering what had happened to the young man. They sat there
whispering about the incident with concern on their faces. That's when
instructor surfaced from behind the curtain and began to speak.
"Some of you may be wondering about our lead actor and how he's
began. "I don't know yet, but I can assure you that the end result
positive. This incident will be an incredible learning experience for
everyone in class, including me.
"What you saw was a young man stumble and fall down. My job, as
professional educator, is to help him and the other students learn how
get back up from a fall. We will be working on this first thing tomorrow
"Another responsibility of mine is to help young people learn to
and support others who have stumbled. This incident will provide me with
the opportunity I need to teach that lesson. All of my students will get
practice this tomorrow.
"Please take no offense, board members, but although these important
lessons are not covered in the textbooks you provide or measured on the
tests students must take to determine their graduation eligibility, I
believe they have great value.
"These are the lessons I live for as a teacher. This is where I
feel I earn
my money. I don't really teach drama, I teach human beings. So when one
my students makes a mistake like this, I rejoice. It gives me an exciting
opportunity to help all my students learn to become more effective human
"It was a great night tonight. Tomorrow will be even better. Thanks
inviting us to present."
A long pause ensued. It was followed by a standing ovation.
Chick Moorman is the author of "Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who
Child's Spirit" and "Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Child
That Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility." The books
available from Personal Power Press at (toll-free) 877-360-1477. Chick
Moorman also publishes a FREE E-newsletter for parents as well as this
for educators. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your free subscription
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(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."
9. Question and Response [back
I'm a Montessori teacher with children ranging from 2 to 6 years of age.
often use the verbiage, "I like the way Linda is sitting," during
time. I follow that with, "How do you feel about controlling yourself?"
understand you don't recommend, "I like the way Linda is sitting."
you suggest any other Teacher Talk I could use in this situation?
A Caring Professional
Hello, Caring Professional,
As you know from reading "Teacher Talk," my main objection
to "I like the
way Linda is sitting" is that it is manipulative. It is an effort
manipulate all the other children into sitting the same way that Linda
sitting. Saying "I like the way Linda is sitting" creates a
which Linda is being used to control her classmates.
If your goal is to get others to sit the way you desire, tell them
directly: "I need everyone sitting with their hands in their laps
up here at me." Demonstrate what you want. Ask students to imitate
Have them sit the desired way, then sit any old way. Then have them sit
desired way again, then return to some other way. Practice several times.
If you want a behavior, you have to teach a behavior.
If you really intend to give Linda feedback on how she is sitting, tell
privately. That way you can be sure you are not using your Teacher Talk
Instead of "How do you feel about controlling yourself?" I
Check Yourself Response. Say, "Please check yourself and see if you
sitting like this." Then demonstrate it. Or say, "Please check
see if you are sitting up straight with your hands folded." This
teach your students that it is their job to check on themselves, that
are in charge of their own bodies and their own personal space.
10. Thought of the Day [back
If you're not green and growing, you might be ripe and rotting.
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