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Ponder This!

 

"Remember the last time you learned a lesson from someone who was blaming or judging you? Neither do I. That's why Spirit Whisperers refrain from finding fault and direct their efforts toward solution-seeking and correction that points to a positive direction."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Our planet needs a makeover. Conventional thought is outdated. Hail the Spirit Whisperers who are using and teaching a new style of languaging that will lead to a new way of thinking, followed by a new way of believing, resulting in a new global consciousness. Abracadabra!"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"If you help children see the value of taking responsibility for their own actions rather than obedience to set rules, you just might be a Spirit Whisperer."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Ponder this: Maybe counting our blessings isn't enough. Spirit Whisperers take blessings to the next level. They celebrate them and they teach children to do the same."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Ponder this: Perhaps the thoughts Spirit Whisperers think about the child change the Spirit Whisperer as much as those thoughts change the child."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"You just might be a Spirit Whisperer if you can emotionally accept what is and allow it to point you to the next lesson."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if there is a solution trying to find you today? Are you preventing it from arriving by assuming you already have it? Let your solution go and see what arrives to replace it."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers design and implement on-going activities. On-going activities require children to extend their interest in something over a period of days, even weeks. These long-term in-depth activities encourage children to take their time and experience the activity deeply."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe in holding children accountable for their choices and actions. To insure that the accountability response is delivered with an open heart, Spirit Whisperers ask themselves, 'Is what I am about to do going to help me feel more separate from this child or more loving toward this child?"'

~ Chick Moorman

 

Spirit Whisperers use time-out as a calming time away. They know that when a child is in tantrum mode the child can't hear them. They use time-away as valuable strategy to allow the child to return to the frontal lobe of their brain where solution-seeking, listening, planning, prioritizing and thinking occur.

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that it is no accident that they and this child have come together in this moment. They believe this connecting is an opportunity for mutual growth."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers work to eliminate what divides people, not to eradicate what makes them different. Differences are valued and respected. If fact, differences are celebrated in Spirit Whisperers classrooms. It is divisiveness that needs to be eliminated, not differences."

~ Chick Moorman

 

Did you hear about the Spirit Whisperer who used sarcasm and ridicule to manipulate students? No? Me either. There is no such Spirit Whisperer.

~ Chick Moorman

 

Want to know the most important words students use during the day? Check out our latest Educator Newsletter. http://www.gomnb.com/email/newsletter/1412577858

 

"If the horse you're riding dies, get off.

More is not necessarily better. More rules, more standards, more content to cover, more time on task, more homework, more school days, more staff development, more materials, more parent involvement, more money, more planning time, more award assemblies, more testing, more studying, more stars and stickers, more praise, and more rewards are not necessarily better. More is just more.

Doing more of what is not working is like behaving as if the cure for a burnt pizza is to stick it back in the oven and turn the temperature up because it doesn't smell right or taste right? 

Does it help to give a dead horse more of the whip? Or change the rider? Or get a stronger bit? Or bribe the rider or the horse with carrots?

Maybe it's time to get off."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Blame, fault and cause are not synonymous. Spirit Whisperers do not see children as at fault or to blame. They do help them understand when they are at cause however."

~ Chick Moorman

 

Comparing students and measuring them against each other makes no sense in a world where every single person is different.

What's the point?

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Ponder these questions:

Is obedience a goal of education----or is thinking for yourself?

Do we want students that mind ----or students who consider circumstances and decide on their own?

Do we want students who create their own personal truths----or students who follow the path to ours?

Do we want children that adhere to a code of ethics----or students who observe a stringent set of rules?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if you are an open letter to you students/children? What message is being sent? What is being read? Are you corresponding with intentionality?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Are you in touch with your passion today? Will you find ways to communicate it to you children/students? To yourself?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if you students' deepest need is to be noticed? Have you devised a variety of ways to notice your students? Do you notice the ones who are pretending they don't want to be noticed?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if we decided to stop measuring knowledge acquired and instead measured knowledge applied? Would that change the way we educate children? Why not pretend that we measure knowledge applied and change anyway?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if real achievement is not about what we know or what we do but is measured by who we are? Are you adequately preparing your students for their achievement tests?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Can you see this crisis as a learning process? Would that make the crisis wonderful, beneficial, necessary, terrible, or something else? Are you not responsible for how you choose to view this crisis?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if your relationship with your students/children was a reflection of your relationship with yourself? What would this relationship with your students/children be trying to tell you?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"How would it change your thinking if you parented today as if the thoughts you have about your children move them toward what they will become?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"What if you are not really a teacher? What if you were sent to earth to be a healer and don't realize it yet? What if healing is your main purpose in the classroom? Would it change how you see your students? Would it alter what you do?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

Read an important tweet this morning.

"I'm a good teacher but that doesn't matter!"

Not true. It does matter. It matters to the ones that matter the most. It matters to your students and it matters to you.

~ Chick Moorman

 

If a third-grader makes an error in subtraction and uses corrective feedback to eliminate that type of error for the remainder of the year, was the error good or bad?

Spirit Whisperers know the answer to that question and act accordingly.

~ Chick Moorman

 

If a middle-schooler pulls the fire alarm, is confronted with the consequences of his behavior, and learns to see himself as cause rather than effect, was the alarm pulling a good thing or a bad thing?

Spirit Whisperers know the answer.

~ Chick Moorman

 
If a high school senior chooses to blow off studying for a government test and earns an ineligibility slip for cross-country, is that non-studying behavior on her part good or bad?

Spirit Whisperers don't name the behavior a "mistake" or judge it until they witness how the student chooses to use it.

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers empower their students by helping them appreciate they choose their act. This is part of the unwritten curriculum that goes untested by those who believe in data driven schools. Many students are not aware that they choose their act. Until they become conscious of the act they are choosing and realize they have control over it, chances are they will not alter their act. Why is this important learning not valued enough to do a data collection?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"If we really wanted school improvement, if that was actually the goal, wouldn't we be building teachers up rather than tearing them down?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

I am wondering today if this is more true of students or teachers. What do you think?

~ Chick Moorman

 

If we go to school to educate our mind, body and spirit. How come only one of that trilogy is tested?

~ Chick Moorman

 

Why do so many test questions have only one right answer? Can't the test makers create better test questions than that? Maybe they don't value children being able to come up with more than one right answer. Teachers know how to ask questions that promote divergent thinking. Perhaps it is time for some new test makers. Better yet, less tests!

~ Chick Moorman

 

Is it time for Spirit Whisperers to stop whispering and begin shouting?

~ Chick Moorman