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The Response-Able Educator Newsletter 26
December 30, 2003


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



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.





1. Quote [back to top]


"I am not a teacher. I am an awakener."

----Robert Frost


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation [back to top]


Remember Gandhi's line, "We must be the change we want to see happen in the
world"? Is there a way to be the change you want to see happen in your classroom? Why not implement that change when you return from the holiday break?


3. Facts [back to top]


"About 100 percent of first graders walk in on the first day and are interested in this thing called reading. Eighty percent of graduating high school seniors tell us they will never again voluntarily read another book."

----Kylene Byers, Yale University researcher


4. Newsletter Update [back to top]


The Response-Able Educator Newsletter may not be delivered as regularly as
it has been in the past.

I have recently undergone a major operation to remove cancer and now face several months of chemo and radiation. This challenge will take most of my energy and effort. Please add me to your prayer list, and send me positive thoughts and energy.

I will work on this newsletter as I feel able. It is uplifting for me to share these concepts with others; doing so provides me with a sense of purpose and service.

Do not be surprised if there is some disruption of schedule. Also, I may recycle some articles from earlier editions.

Thank you for your understanding and prayers.


Chick Moorman


5. Book Report [back to top]


"Spirit Whisperers believe that when we teach students to look away from
themselves for the most important answers in life, we have them facing the
wrong direction. Spirit Whisperers honor the Principle of Inner Knowing and
help students look inward by using the phrase and philosophy, 'Check it out

All of us know what we need to know. It's in every one of us. Call it
gut-level feeling, intuition, inner knowing, conscience, listening to God,
the wise part within, inner authority, or whatever other label you are
comfortable using. Regardless of its name, it is there, waiting to be
accessed whenever we are ready and able to call it forth."

If you liked this paragraph, you will love "Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who
Nourish a Child's Spirit" by Chick Moorman. Available through Personal
Power Press at (toll-free) 877-360-1477, or at ($24.95,
hardcover only.)


6. Bumper Sticker [back to top]


Spotted on a wall in the media center in the middle school in Marlette, MI:



7. Article: New Year's Resolutions [back to top]


By Chick Moorman

Spirit Whisperers' New Year's Resolutions:

In 2004, I resolve not to teach children to have a happy, productive life,
but rather to help them choose a happy, productive day.

I resolve to design lessons to help students appreciate that there is no
such thing as failure, only temporary results that students can use as
feedback to determine their next step.

I resolve to fix problems rather than fix blame by maintaining a
solution-seeking mindset and teaching students a problem-solving process.

I resolve to aid students in their struggle with autonomy by creating a
balance of power through a shared-control style of classroom management.

I resolve to remember that I want children to behave in ways that reflect
what THEY now find unacceptable, not in ways that I, the teacher, find

I resolve to welcome interpersonal skill errors as learning experiences and
as important opportunities to implement consequences.

I resolve to teach in a way that demonstrates that I believe the only
authority children take with them everywhere they go is their inner

I resolve to allow my responses to students to reflect a knowing that some
lapses in self-control are developmentally appropriate. I remember they do
certain behaviors because they are 5 or 8 or 14 years old.

I resolve to aid children in their ability to make "BE" choices as well as
"DO" choices.

I resolve to teach in a way that reflects my belief that the process is as
important as the product.

I resolve to remember that I don't have to punish children for their anger.
They are already being punished for their anger.

When I am stumped and don't know how to respond to a student, I promise to
ask myself, "What would love do now?" I also intend to listen internally
for an answer.

I resolve to recall that I can choose to see any classroom situation
differently from the way I have been seeing it. I will remember that
perception is always a choice.

I resolve to relax, remembering that relaxing does not mean resigning.

I resolve to make my approach to teaching reflect the notion that education
is more about drawing out what already exists in a student than it is about
putting in to fill perceived deficiencies.

I resolve to focus on the main purpose of education, the creation of who
and what I really am as a human being.

I resolve to remember that "being right" doesn't work.

I resolve to teach as if I believe that a child's I AM's (I am athletic, I
am creative, etc.) are more important than his or her IQ.

I resolve to live today as if attitudes were more easily caught than taught.

I resolve to help students and myself stay conscious of the choices we are

I resolve to remember the adage, "If you want a behavior, you have to teach
a behavior," and I resolve to put that adage into practice in my classroom.

I resolve to teach for wisdom, which is knowledge applied. I will remember
that children are not in school to pass a test, earn a 9-week grade, or
memorize a poem. They are in school to learn to apply knowledge to their
own individual lives.

I resolve to stay conscious of the fact that information doesn't make us
happy. No one ever got a divorce, became abusive to self or others, or
began an addiction because he or she didn't know the capitals of all 50

I resolve to help students live in more uplifting ways, reflecting the
notion that school is more than a preparation for life. It is life.

I resolve to see the hurting child in the child that hurts.

I resolve to "be" the change I wish to see in education.

I resolve to avoid fighting the educational world that is and work to bring
forth the educational world that could be.

Chick Moorman is the author of "Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish a
Child's Spirit," and "Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Child in Language
That Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility." Both books are
available from Personal Power Press at (toll-free) 877-360-1477 or at Chick Moorman publishes FREE E-newsletters for parents and
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