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Purpose

This sanctuary is for educators and parents who desire more support, encouragement and affirmation for what they do to teach to a child's spirit.

Spirit Whisperers exist. They are out there in every school, every grade level, in every part of the country. They coach, they lead youth groups, they teach school, they counsel, they administer and they parent. Quietly, steadily they go about their task of putting spirit back in the forefront of the educational trilogy of mind, body and spirit.

Spirit Whisperers deserve support, encouragement and appreciation. Many of them are not getting the positive attention that is necessary to soothe and heal their spirits so they can in turn pass that personal health on to others. Many are giving up. Quality teachers are leaving the profession having had enough of high stakes testing, forced curriculum and a minimal voice in the environment that affect them and the students they serve.

Spirit Whisperers, whether a teacher or a parent, need a sanctuary, a place to find comfort, support, and nourishment. This will be that place. Welcome to the Spirit Whisperer Sanctuary.

The question that Spirit Whisperers most often ask themselves is, "How can I use this situation/activity/ result/etc. to help these children/students learn an important life lesson?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Here is something that Spirit Whisperers believe. When an outside authority is providing direction, the inside authority withers. So they help students experience personal power in their lives by allowing them to make as many choices as are feasible, as early as possible, taking safety, health, and practicality into consideration."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that teaching a student the cause-and-effect relationship between thoughts and outcomes is more important than understanding the periodic table, knowing the definition of a circle, or discussing the reasons why Magellan came to the new world. They realize that once a child grasps the throttle of his train of thought and actively experiences the power that comes from providing direction for his own life, there is no destination that is unavailable to that child. When that happens, a Spirit Whisperer has indeed touched a child' spirit."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers use students' curiosity as a clue. They notice it, invite the students to notice it also, and encourage them to follow it. For that is where their passion lies."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers sometimes lean on the wind. They lean into it and often bend. They resist fighting the wind because they know their roots are firm and their base is solid. Flexible on top. Grounded at the base. Firm and flowing. Gentle and strong. All at the same time."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers work to share control with students. This is a style of classroom management that helps students experience freedom and security simultaneously. It provides the basic structure and allows students to make decisions and exercise control within the perimeter of that structure."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers see the real challenge of working with a challenging student as a challenge to the teacher to move up in consciousness and become more effective."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers are constantly on the alert to replace controlling with allowing."

~ Chick Moorman

 

Spirit Whisperers help children set goals and build a plan of activities/actions/attitudes to help them achieve those goals.

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that adults do not lose their patience. They give it away and go unconscious concerning the choice they are making. Spirit Whisperers take responsibility for their degree of patience and do not believe that someone can take it, strain it, empty it or remove it from them."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that we create our own reality, and that process begins with the thoughts we choose to think. Thoughts are first cause. Whether we are conscious of them or not, our thoughts produce outcomes in our lives. Spirit Whisperers help children appreciate that the greatest transportation system in the world is our train of thought."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers use a Teacher Talk verbal skill that prefaces suggestions with phrases that allow the child to retain responsibility.

"How would you feel about ...?"
"Would you consider ...?"
"How would you like ...?"

These sentence starters acknowledge that your suggestion may not be in the student/child's best interest."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers fall down sometimes. You know what they do. They get back up and keep moving. They don't see falling down as failure, as a mistake or as wrong. They take in the data, sort through it for useful information and incorporate some of it into their lives. They teach children to do the same."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe the second step often isn't revealed until they take the first step. Is there a first step you're not taking because you can't see several steps ahead? Move like a Spirit Whisperer today and take a first step without knowing the second step. Delight and surprise might await you."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

Spirit Whisperers invite people of all cultures to join the dance.

 

"When the teacher is ready, the student will appear. If you have a challenging child/student, you must be ready or they wouldn't have appeared."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers make memories with intentionality. Who will ever forget the day that red flannel underwear flew from the top of the flagpole at a certain elementary school I recall? The drawers were hoisted to that prominent spot by the assistant superintendent of schools as his way of participating in a school event called Red Day."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"There is a difference between a better way and another way. Spirit Whisperers believe and act as if they have another way. Naturally, they communicate to children it's ok to have another way. Is that better? Nope. It's just another way."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers have cultivated the belief that the thoughts they think, the attitudes they hold, the feelings they feel, the words they say and the behaviors they demonstrate are all a CHOICE. Because of that they consciously choose to help others see themselves as choosers too."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that right now they are in the right place at the right time. They also know that right now their students/children are in the right place at the right time. Guess what? Right now, you too, are in the right place at the right time to help others appreciate that they are in the right place at the right time, right now. How do I know that? Because right now you are right here."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers who use journals with their students respect students' right to privacy. If a student does not want to share a particular entry with a teacher one day, he folds the page back and paperclips it shut. That's the agreed upon signal that the page is private. Spirit Whisperers respect that signal."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that more is not necessarily better. More rules, more standards, more content to cover, more time on task, more staff development, more materials, more parent involvement, more money, more planning time, more cooperation from the administration, more studying, more award assemblies,are not necessarily better. More is just more."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers share what they know, but they do that from the stance of information provider only. They do not assume the role of advice giver."

~ Chick Moorman

Treat this as information rather than advice. You choose.

 

"Spirit Whisperers set up their classrooms so students can learn that the classroom is more than a place of discovery, it is a place or creation―the creation of who you are as a human being."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers often notice their moments as they happen. They also teach their children/students how to notice theirs. It's called staying conscious and is part of a Spirit Whisperers curriculum."

~ Chick Moorman

 

If you already know that the biggest problem we create for children when we train them to only listen to an outside voice occurs in adolescence, you might be a Spirit Whisperer. They know that at that time in a child's life the outside voice changes. It shifts from the parent to the peer group. It requires a powerful sense of self to stand in one's peer group and say, "I think I'm going to pass on this... It doesn't fit with what I think is right for me." This is a difficult stance for a child to take with friends. It is doubly difficult for a child who has been given few opportunities to listen inwardly.

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that whatever is currently happening in their classrooms or homes can be a catalyst for a miracle."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers want children/students to think for themselves rather than be blindly obedient. They want them to think through their choices and the potential consequences of a situation and decide for themselves rather than to simply mind. Spirit Whisperers want children/students to create a personal code of conduct for themselves rather than follow a set of rules laid down by others."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers have learned to see their children/students who choose problematic behaviors as Persons in Progress (PIP). We are all imperfect and unfinished. You can choose to see being unfinished as a catastrophe or you can see it as an opportunity, as a chance to help a child learn and grow. How you see imperfection is up to you.

Spirit Whisperers know that when they choose to see children as Persons in Progress, they are more accepting of them as people. They deliver a message through their actions and attitude that children are OK even though they are unfinished. This helps them create an environment of acceptance in their homes and classrooms in which children are more likely to perceive their own perfections as opportunities for change and growth."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers ask themselves these questions: Is obedience the 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? Spirit Whisperers know the answers to these questions because they have developed the ability to create their own truths, to find their own wisdom. They have looked within and they trust that they know what they know."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers relish students' mistakes. They lean into them and offer those mistakes back to their students as potential learning experiences. Mistakes in algebra as well as mistakes in interpersonal skills are not used for ammunition to deliver shame or criticism. Instead, they are used to extend to students an opportunity for self-discovery, correction and learning."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Spirit Whisperers refrain from telling children/students what to do. How can a child assume increasing levels of personal power if she is constantly being told what to do? When the outside authority is providing direction, the inside authority withers. If they don't use it, they lose it."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help students notice what they are doing which encourages the development of the silent witness within them, It is our silent witness that helps us take a step back, leave automatic pilot, and live consciously. Automatic behavior ceases to be automatic when we notice it. Children/students may still choose the same behavior when they become conscious, but at least their choice is conscious."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Interdependence is hallmark of a Spirit Whisperer's classroom. The atmosphere is one of shared commitments and decision-making, looking for common ground, and mutual respect for one another. Teachers in these classrooms set out to intentionally create a strong sense of connectedness. They work to uplift individual spirits by building class spirit."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not see themselves and their students as separate. They see everyone in the classroom as part of a larger whole. They perceive the strength in unity, connectedness, oneness, and strive to create it in their classrooms. Their efforts are geared toward creating a sense of family and strong feelings of belonging."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Are you experiencing a student who is particularly challenging? If so, it may be helpful to remember that you have drawn this student to you for a reason. It is no accident that you and this student have come together in this space at this time. Your coming together is not some strange coincidence that the masters of fate have randomly dealt you. Regardless of the degree of challenge this student presents, you must be ready, or she wouldn't be presenting herself to you. When the teacher is ready, the student appears."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that you don't learn as much from your experience as you do from debriefing your experience."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not take things personally and respond from an essence beyond the ego."

~ Chick Moorman

 
Spirit Whisperers do Strength Searching. They search for strengths in a child's misbehavior. They ask themselves, "What is it about this behavior that, if it occurred in a different setting, would be positive? Where else could this child use this behavior to her advantage?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"A mistake holds no negative or positive value for Spirit Whisperers. Employing the Principle of Suspended Judgement, they refuse to perceive mistakes as good or bad. A mistake, in their eyes, is merely a choice that offers an opportunity for growth."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe strongly in the value of doing nothing. It is one of their favorite tools. Spirit Whisperers do nothing for their students that students can do or can learn to do for themselves. By doing nothing they do something by giving students room to do for themselves."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Many students are not conscious of what they are doing. If a student/child is unaware of what she is doing, she is powerless to change that doing. Encouraging studernts to notice what they are doing ---- that's the business of Spirit Whisperers."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Before Spirit Whisperers focus on what they decide to DO in response to what happens to them as parents/teachers, they make a decision on who they decide to BE in response to what happens to them as parents/teachers. They believe being is more important than doing."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers work to heal the hurt in the child who hurts others."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers care more about a student's attitude and energy than they do about his ability to memorize. A student's sense of personal power, degree of belief in herself, and level of personal responsibility command more of a Spirit Whisperer's attention than facts and reasons for historical events. Spirit Whisperers care more deeply about helping children acquire a spirit of inquiry and a zest for life than they do about the accumulation of answers to trivia questions. Helping students develop an appreciation of diversity and an understanding of concepts of self-responsibility, integrity, self-expression, awareness, oneness, and conscious creation become the tenets of a Spirit Whisperer's mission."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"A Spirit Whisperer's primary objective is always development of the student's spirit. They focus on the power of belief, developing an "I can" attitude, creating an internal standard, and teaching and modeling a solution-seeking mindset. They believe that all behavior equals a choice, that being is as important as doing and that power with is more effective than power over. They set up their classrooms so youngsters can learn that the classroom is more than a place of discovery, it is a place of creation -- the creation of who you are as a human being."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"It's in every one of us. What is? Spirit Whisperer energy.

We all possess an inner knowing, a wise part within that recognizes what is true for us, what is right for us in each changing circumstance. Character, responsibility, personal power and intelligence already exist in every student/child. It is our job to encourage and allow those attributes to surface, not attempt to cram them in."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help students/children appreciate it's not what someone says to them that's most important. Rather their power lies in what they choose to tell themselves about what someone says to them."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Helping students/children develop an appreciation of diversity and a behavoral understanding of the concepts of self-responsibility, integrity, self-expression, oneness and conscious creation become the tenets of a Spirit Whisperer's mission."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"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."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help children develop their inner authority. No outside authority, no set or rules, no laws can provide the specific guidance that is needed in day-to-day living. Children must learn to hear their own voice and create their own ethic in order to live in alignment with spirit in today's world."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"If you are unaware that you have a choice you are not response-able. That is, you are not able to make a variety of responses. Spirit Whisperers help their students/children become more response-able by helping them recognize when they are at choice."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not protect students from experiencing the legitimate consequences of their actions. They respect the student's right to choose and support his or her choice by following through with previously discribed consequences firmly and consistently. Their belief is, if you 'consequate,' you educate."

~ Chick Moorman

 

What you won't hear from Spirit Whisperers:

"That's the third time I've had to tell you."
"I told you this twice yesterday."
"That makes six detentions this semester."

Spirit Whisperers know that attaching a number to the frequency of a behavior focuses the student on the pattern rather than on the specific behavior in the present moment. It encourages him to see the incident as one of a series of deficient behaviors and to create a negative picture of himself as being "that way." The past dragged into the present can easily be projected into the future, setting up a self-fulfilling prophecy.

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Students do not want a relationship with tests or test makers. They want a relationship with teachers."

~ Chick Moorman