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Quotes of   Significance

 

"Spirit Whisperers choose to interpret misbehavior as a call for help rather than as misbehavior. That choice influences their response in helpful, constructive ways."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers care more about eliciting questions than in asking them."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that part of their job is to recognize a child's passion and feed that fire with fuel that encourages it to burn brighter."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that what they do and how they choose to be today will change the world."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Do you see a wall before you today? Why not do what Spirit Whisperers do and believe the wall is asking you to find another door? A new door. Perhaps the wall is guiding you in that direction."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"There are times when facing a challenging situation; Spirit Whisperers create a void to allow a solution to find them. Is there a parenting solution trying to find you today? Are you preventing it from arriving by assuming you already have it? Why not let your solution go, create a void, and see what arrives to take its place?"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that the results they produce interacting with children come less from what they are doing and more from the consciousness with which they are doing it."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers experience pleasure in their students' freedom, rather than in their obedience."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe our planet needs more wisdom and people with character than it needs higher test scores. They believe our children need more affirmation than evaluation. That's why they arrange their teaching to reflect those beliefs."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers expand their vision to see more in the student than the student is presently showing. In addition, they communicate that vision to the student and her classmates."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"There is an inner voice that is urging us to be big rather than small. When Spirit Whisperers hear that voice they take one proactive step in that direction."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers encourage children to do self-testing, allowing the child to choose the level of risk."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers create classrooms and homes that build cooperation rather than competition. They foster togetherness instead separateness."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers understand that they always have a new thing to learn. Always. All ways."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers have learned to carry their quiet around within them. When they encounter excessive noise, chaos, or sensory stimulation they are able to access their quiet and respond from a peaceful place within."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"No one does perfect parenting. No one does perfect teaching. There is no perfect child. There is no perfect student. None of us is finished yet. So lighten up."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers are not trying to get anywhere. They stay rooted in the moment knowing they are already there."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help children raise their vision to what could be."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not know all the answers. Yet, they are comfortable standing in the questions. They live in the middle of the questions and allow the answers to come. Or not. The answers come when all is ready."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not invest any time getting students ready for the next grade. They invest their time helping students engage, enjoy and celebrate this moment in this grade. Right now!"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know there is time. That's why they pass, on using strategies that force, coerce, manipulate, push, pull, or threaten."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers recognize that a child's spirit does not require reward or failure. It requires wonder."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Know that the most important thing you have to offer to your students/children does not reside in your college notebook, on the library shelves, in a catalog of the latest manipulative materials, in your curriculum guide, or anywhere in your school or your home. The most important thing you have to offer to your students/children resides in your heart."

~Chick Moorman

 

"'Because it's fun.' A useful answer to questions you might get about WHY you are doing WHAT you are doing."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that if they keep verbalizing a problem they are having with a student/child they are adding cement to its existence."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know they cannot strategize a miracle. And they do not sit around waiting."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers focus on the present because they know if they allow their minds to dwell on all they need to accomplish, they won't."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers have a knack of recognizing the wounded heart of another. That's why their first response is often to send love through nurture and empathy. This takes a heartfelt stance, verbal skills, and the perception of innocence rather than guilt."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Perfect? Not Spirit Whisperers! They know it's never about being perfect. Spirit Whisperers concentrate instead on being real."

~Chick Moorman

 

"It's not enough to know how to handle a child's behavior. It's better to know how to handle a child's being."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers encourage children to speak up and offer possible solutions when problems arise. They involve them in solution-seeking meetings. They invite them to join in the brainstorming of possible solutions. They include their input as they attempt to reach consensus on a workable solution. There is always more than one way to solve a problem. Your child's solution may be the one that works best for her. By taking their suggestions seriously, Spirit Whisperers encourage their thinking, help them see themselves as a problem solver, and increase the chance that they will offer solutions in the future."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers often employ the response of non-interference (unless it involves a health or a safety issue) and allow children to learn from the outcomes of their choices."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers understand that a student's feelings aren't necessarily rational. They are just feelings."

~Chick Moorman

 

"The world now needs more consciousness and spirit than it does higher test scores."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers focus on a joining, a joining of spirit through a celebration of diversity and uniqueness. A move from ME to WE. Connectedness, belonging, attachment, bonding, relationship and togetherness. Family,"

~Chick Moorman

 

"To facilitate a change in students requires first a change in our perception. Spirit Whisperers know that shifting their view of seeing weakness to a focus on what students truly are and might become is the energy that will ultimately heal the world."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers' speech features invitational phrases? 'Say some more' invites the child to keep talking. So does 'Go on,' 'Keep talking,' and 'What else?' Using invitational phrases doesn't mean they have nothing to say. It doesn't mean that they don't want a turn. It means that they are willing to delay their response until the child has finished. It means that they are more interested in having a conversation than in telling what THEY think is important."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help students move from bystander to action figure in the game of life. They encourage them to move off the sidelines and jump into their passion with intention and conscious choosing."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers are skilled with bearing with it. They realize that children are always under construction."

~Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers are skilled with bearing with it. They realize that children are always under construction."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers have chosen to stop seeing themselves as bystanders. They refuse to take the victim stance and work daily to create the world they desire. They dream of what is possible and act on that dream regularly. In short, they do something."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers focus on the 'able" words. Their goal is to help children see themselves as able, capable, valuable and self-response-able."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know there is no disinfectant better than light."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers give their students all A's, Affection, Attention, and Appreciation."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"How you treat children today will ripple through the generations in ways you'll never know."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers ask themselves a lot of questions. One of the most frequent is, 'What can I learn from this?'"

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that education is more about drawing out what is already in than putting in to fill some imaginary deficiency."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that every day contains the possibility of awakening."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Some children need to experience what they are not before they realize what they are. Checking out what they are not is simply a step on their journey."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers teach children to look inside rather than outside for answers."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help children learn the difference between disagreements and disagreeableness."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers never push. They are aware that there is time."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Spirit Whisperers recognize that the fastest way to help others experience personal power is to allow them to make as many choices are feasible as early as possible, taking safety, health and practicality into consideration."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers give equal amounts of attention to what they are teaching students and to what students are teaching them."

~ Chick Moorman

 

One goal of Spirit Whisperers to help children see that today is a new day. This time is a new time. This choice is a new choice.

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that children have bad days and good days. They believe that both are important."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"When children become stuck in the tunnel, Spirit Whisperers become bringers of the light."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers refrain from using 'should' and 'should have' with children, relying instead on dealing with what is and what could be."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers see the present parenting/teaching situation as perfect. It is either perfectly the way they would like it to be, or gives them the perfect data they need to choose an alternative response."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers nourish a child's spirit by teaching from the HEART."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Look for positive aspects and you produce positive vibrations. Produce positive vibrations and you attract positive aspects. Such is the mindset of Spirit Whisperers."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers give children regular opportunities to experience the beauty and sacredness of nature."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Communication that affirms rather than evaluates is a clue that you are in the presence of a Spirit Whisperer."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers use structure to meet the needs of children, tots to teens, and adults adapt their schedules accordingly."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers refuse to examine what they have lost in a given situation. They focus instead on what direction to which that circumstance points."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that even the most common circumstance can be a lunching pad for a miracle."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"If you don't forgive, you just might be a Spirit Whisperer. SW don't blame so they have no need to forgive."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers are as comfortable sharing what they don't know with children as they are sharing what they do know."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

 

 

"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

"We make children victims and support learned helplessness when we take care of them or fail to teach then the skills to take care of themselves."

~ Chick Moorman
 

"When Spirit Whisperers see a student deciding not to go any further with a task or hobby, they do not see it as quitting or label the child as a quitter. They see it as a child deciding not to go any further with a task or hobby. They do not see it as failure. They see it as a child's choice not to go any further on their previous path. That is all."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that the outcomes they produce in raising children come less from what they are doing as a parent and more from the consciousness with which they are doing it."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe children need less evaluation and more affirmation. They also believe our world is in need of more wisdom than it is in need of higher test scores. They teach accordingly."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers measure their success from within, based partially on whether or not they have helped students measure their individual success from within."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that perception is a choice.and they help students increase their sense of personal power using that same belief."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not take the raw material they are given and attempt to carve it into sameness. Like the master sculptor, they encourage the unnecessary to fall away so the real beauty can emerge. They do not form and mold the beauty. They allow what already exists within to come forth and reveal itself."

~ Chick Moorman

 

Sounds like a Spirit Whisperer to me.

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe they do more for their students/children by doing less."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"More important than the experiences your students/children offer you is how you choose to experience those experiences. Even more important than how you choose to experience those experiences is helping the youngsters you interact with, realize they have control over how they choose to experience their experiences."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Spirit Whisperers help students look closely at mistakes. Not to focus on the mistake but rather to determine where the mistake points."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers help students to notice and name their feelings. They believe feelings are the road map that brings clarity to intuition and intuition is the whispering that comes from Spirit.Spirit always knows which way to go."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Flowers do not bloom before their time. Neither do children. Spirit Whisperers know and respect this Devine timing."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"To touch a child's spirit, help them appreciate that their thought about an outside event or circumstance is where their true power lies to transform it."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers do not work to help children/students become strong. They work to awaken them to the strength they already possess."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that being humble doesn't work."

~ Chick Moorman
 

"Spirit Whisperers realize and teach that perception is a choice. Whereas you can't always control the events of your life, you can ALWAYS control how you see those events."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that perception is a choice. They help children/students learn that whereas you can't always control the events of your life, you can always control how you choose to see those events."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Mistakes are always mistakes, or so I've heard them say....

But if it teaches a lesson, the mistake will go away."

~ Hucklebug

 

"One important function of a Spirit Whisperer is to help children notice proof. Find proof that their dreams are becoming reality and those dreams will appear more possible. Even the tiniest clue can bring hope and expectation that more is on the way. Belief and expectation are strengthened when proof arrives."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that communication is at the center of all they do to touch a child's spirit. That's why they speak from the heart giving explanations rather than orders."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

"Spirit Whisperers know that inner resistance to a parenting/teaching situation creates outer resistance which often leads to counter-resistance. So they emotionally accept what is while they work to change it on a physical level."

~ Chick Moorman

 

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

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

 

"There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher."

~ Pat Conroy

 

"Spirit Whisperers are present with the teacher/student experience they are having at this moment, knowing that it is perfect for this time and place. The lean into the moment rather than attempting to control it by making it into something it isn't."

~ Chick Moorman

 

 

Spirit Whisperers know this and apply it to their parenting and to their teaching.

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that being with is more important than doing to."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers realize that children are not finished yet, rather than expecting them to behave like finished products."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers pay as much attention to the attitude with which they are doing something as they do to whatever it is they are doing."

~ Chick Moorman

 

Spirit Whisperers ARE changing the world.

 

"Imagine a classroom, a school or a world where everyone acted as if they were part of a greater whole, where everyone saw themselves as part of something larger than themselves. Imagine what a school would be like if people behaved as if they were connected, as if a perceived blow or a benefit to one as a blow or benefit to all."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."

~ Rumi

 

"If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further assistance."

~ Ken Robinson

 

"Spirit Whisperers refrain from telling students what to do. How can a student assume increasing levels of personal power if he is consistently being told what to do? When an outside authority is providing direction, the insider authority withers. If you don't use it, you lose it."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"While rescuers often have positive intentions of helping, loving, and serving, what they don't appreciate is that 'helping' doesn't always help. Rescuing often breeds learned helplessness. When rescuers take responsibility for victims, they help cement them firmly in the victim position by supporting their victim notions. They rob self-perceived victims of an opportunity to become conscious and to discover what they have created in their own lives.”

~ Chick Moorman

 

"In that moment my mind relaxed, I realized he wasn't trying to convince me of anything, but rather, simply offering me a perspective I've never seen before."

~ Michael Phoenix

 

"Spirit Whisperers know it is ALL part of helping students wake up. They work consistently to help students become more conscious."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"My understanding of the way a child grows is that you create the garden, you don't grow the flower."

~ Ram Dass

 

"We encourage children to be victims and support learned helplessness when we take care of them or fail to teach them the skills necessary to take care of themselves."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers trust that when students look like they are taking a step backward they just might be building the energy to leap forward."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
~ E. E. Cummings

Cummings must have known about Spirit Whisperers.

 

"Kids everywhere need to feel safe, hopeful, connected and appreciated."

~ Michele Borba

This reminds me of some Spirit Whisperers I know.

Chick

 

"Spirit Whisperers believe that raising standards without raising consciousness as to how students develop internal motivation, or mandating programs from above with little input from educators is similar to sticking a burned pizza back in the oven because it didn't smell right or taste right the first time."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"Spirit Whisperers are not soldiers. They are a revolution."

~ Chick Moorman

 

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

~ Robert Frost

 

"If you believe that neat and orderly is what is required to foster learning, it is time to seriously question that belief. Spirit Whisperers know the value that mess making brings to the learning process. They celebrate messes and honor the mess maker."

~ Chick Moorman

 

Spirit Whisperers know they make a difference regardless of what those around them think. So they naturally act and talk as if... And they teach their students to act as if they can as well.

 
"If unconditional love and genuine enthusiasm are present, praise isn’t necessary. If they're absent, praise won't help."

~ Alfie Kohn
 

"Happy teachers will change the world."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"You can't measure inspiration by a child's test scores. You can't measure inspiration by a child's grades. You measure inspiration 25 years later when the hot-shot doctor, or lawyer, or entrepreneur thanks her fourth-grade teacher for having faith in her and encouraging her to pursue her dreams."

~ Dennis Hong

 

"It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."

~ L.R. Knost

 

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

~ William Butler Yeats

 

"Education doesn't need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key is not to standardize education but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions."

~ Ken Robinson

 
"As we tend to value the results of education for their measurableness, so we tend to undervalue and at last ignore those results which are too intrinsically valuable to be measured."

~ Edmond G. A. Holmes,
Chief Inspector of Elementary Schools for Great Britain, 1911

 

"But an adult, if he is to provide proper guidance, must always claim to be calm and act slowly so the child who is watching him can clearly see his actions in all their particulars."

~ Dr. Maria Montessori

 

"Spirit Whisperers are 'way showers.' They show us that real education has nothing to do with covering content, but is now and always has been a drawing out of what already exists within the student rather than a putting in of what we see as necessary to fill perceived deficiencies."

~ Chick Moorman

 

"I see the harm education reform is causing children--the disappearance of play, creativity, and the arts from our schools. Evaluation is now driving curriculum, and curriculum is being reduced to something mechanistic. This isn't real learning.

~ Nancy Carlsson-Page

 

"The best test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."

~ Dr. Maria Montessori

 

"People have said, 'Don't cry' to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is, 'I'm too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don't cry.' I'd rather have them say, 'Go ahead and cry. I'm here to be with you."

~ Mr. Rogers

 

"Spirit Whisperers never use the word 'punishment' unless they are saying 'I never use the word punishment."'

~ Chick Moorman

 
"Short term, it's more efficient to tie a child's shoe than to teach him how to do it himself. It's easier to find an appropriate book for a student than to teach her how she can find one for herself. It takes less time to solve students'/children's problems than to teach them to solve problems on their own. Spirit Whisperers DO NOT equate 'efficient' with 'effective.' They realize that good teaching/parenting is not always time-efficient. Teaching to a child's spirit often takes an investment of time up front to help them learn how to do things for themselves."

~ Chick Moorman