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
IN THIS ISSUE
2. Idea Exchange
3. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
4. Teacher Talk
5. Upcoming Parent Talk System Training of Trainers
6. Article: Send Beauty
7. Send Beauty Project
"In any given school room, how many students know which direction is
north? Where the food in the cafeteria comes from? Where the trash goes?
What problems face the community? In a very real way we have enclosed
our children in schools and, in doing so, have dulled their senses ---
their openness, their sense of connection, and their sense of appreciation
and respect for the world. To say nothing of their body-based wisdom,
intuition, or spirit!"
Using masking tape, section off a wall into 30 one-foot squares. Each
student chooses a space and puts his or her name on it. That space becomes
the student's own private Best Board. Students use the spaces to display
examples of their best work. Here are three helpful rules:
Don't forget to provide a space for yourself. (From "Our Classroom:
We Can Learn Together," by Chick Moorman and Dee Dishon. Available at email@example.com or by calling (toll free)
3. Sprit Whisperer Contemplation
Will you welcome challenges today? Know that they have arrived for everyone's
benefit, yours and your students'. Remember, the real teaching is in how
you face the challenge, not in what you do about it.
Conversation recently overheard at a party:
"What do you do for a living?"
"I'm just a teacher."
"I'm just a teacher" is Teacher Talk that diminishes who and what you
are as a professional educator. It is a self-put-down that announces to
the world that you hold yourself and your entire profession in low esteem.
The Teacher Talk antidote for the "I'm just a teacher" response is the
20-Second Detriment/Benefit Introduction. It sounds like this:
"You know how some kids today don't seem as responsible and respectful
as we'd like? That's what I do. I help them learn to be self-responsible
and more respectful. I am a professional educator."
"You know how difficult it is to go through life without being able
to read? My role is to help young people use the printed page to expand
possibilities in their lives. I am a reading teacher."
"Have you noticed how many overweight kids there are walking around
these days? My job is to help them become physically fit so they can enjoy
a lifetime of appropriate physical activity. I am a physical education
To construct a 20-Second Detriment/Benefit Introduction for yourself,
begin with a detriment -- a problem, a concern, or a frustration. Put
it in the form of a question.
"You know how kids seem to have lost a love for great literature?"
"Have you ever heard of math anxiety?"
"You know how some kids who go off to college are academically or emotionally
Then add the benefit. This is the part that tells how you fix the problem,
create the solution, or diminish the concern.
"I teach children how to appreciate the classics. I am a literature
"I help children stay calm and centered during math assignments and
teach them how to love a challenge. I am a math teacher."
"I am a college prep person. I make sure children are emotionally, mentally,
and spiritually ready for college. I am a high school teacher."
Take a few moments now to create your own personal introduction. Memorize
it. Stand guard. Be ready. It won't be long before someone at a party,
on a plane, in a store, or at a park walks up to you and asks, "What do
you do for a living?"
5. Upcoming Parent Talk System Training of Trainers [back to top]
Announcing two winter trainings of trainers in the Parent Talk System:
January 9-11, 2003
Grand Rapids, Michigan
January 16-18, 2003
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full brochure
and registration materials. Direct inquiries to (toll free) 877-360-1477.
By Teri Goggin
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, Kate Cain-Bell
was fully immersed in teaching "something important" to her
first grade class at Richboro Elementary School, in Richboro, Pennsylvania.
Not long into the day, the principal asked her to step out
of the classroom for a moment. There in the hallway, she heard about the
devastation in New York and Washington, DC. It was difficult for her to
grasp the news, let alone try to explain it to innocent minds, so she
agreed with the school’s decision not to inform the children.
When Kate returned to her waiting charges, the class work
seemed pale in comparison to the significance of the day’s events. As
a deeply spiritual woman, she felt compelled to impact the world in a
positive way during the time of such a crisis. An idea leapt to mind.
She drew in a breath, walked to the front of the class and made a request.
"I want each of you to imagine the most beautiful thing
you can think of. Hold that thought in your mind and then send it out
to the world. Can you all do that?"
A sea of young faces nodded.
"Okay. Let’s do it."
An with that, a wave of beauty was sent out into a world
At the end of the day, Kate wanted her class to be prepared
with some knowledge that they wouldn’t be walking into the same world
they’d left that morning. Another idea blossomed. She stood in front of
the class again.
"Remember when I asked you to send out your beautiful
thought to the world?"
After pausing to accept their nods, Kate continued. "Well,
while you were sending out your beauty, someone else sent something-not-so-beautiful
into the world."
Kate paused again, to see if her young charges understood.
One little girl piped up, "Well, when I get home I’ll
send them something beautiful right back."
In the midst of tragedy, triumph comes in many forms. This
time, it came in the form of a young child who learned a lesson that was
truly "something important."
You may contact Kate Cain-Bell at email@example.com.
(To access similar articles check out www.chickmoorman.com.)
7. Send Beauty Project [back
Dear Newsletter Subscribers,
The "Send Beauty" article has been posted on my Website for several
months now in the Spirit Whisperer collection. Recently Teri Goggin contacted
me, requesting my support for the Send Beauty Project. Unequivocally,
she has my support.
The Send Beauty Project celebrates the unstoppable power of beauty.
The intent of this project is to promote the choice of beauty by sending
a wave of beautifully hand-drawn pictures, created by children everywhere,
to a place where beauty is needed right now - Afghanistan.
Teri is committed to generating over 10,000 drawings from children worldwide
by the end of summer. To help make this happen, a Website about the Send
Beauty Project has been created. Visit www.sendbeauty.org to learn more
and see samples.
Here are some examples:
"I send you the beauty of a rose because I care." (Nicole, age 11) The
card is illustrated with a brilliant red rose.
"I send you the beauty of world peace (no fighting) because I care."
(Kathryn, age 11) The card depicts a serene countryside.
"I send you the beauty of a creative mind because I care." (Jessica,
age 8). The card shows the smiling face of a young girl with a "thinking
bubble" above her head filled with a rainbow.
Please help fill the world with beauty. Pass it on.
Chick Moorman Editor
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