Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. Their mission is to empower teachers, administrators, school counselors, para-professionals, coaches, parents and other adults who work with children by teaching effective verbal skills that transform disruptive behavior in children.


Illegal Word Bursts

By Chick Moorman

Third grade teacher Mary Fullenwider had a problem. Not a life or death problem. Not a critical problem. Not even a new problem. Just a nagging, reoccurring, frustrating problem. Her problem was that she had a handful of eight-year-old students who repeatedly interrupted class discussions by blurting out spontaneous comments.

Her students weren't attention-seeking youngsters whose comments were rude, humorous, or disrespectful. In fact, their intentions were positive: to share a thought or ask a question about the topic under discussion. It was just that these students spoke up without being called on, disrupting the flow of conversation and frustrating other students who were waiting patiently with their hands up.

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Silly: What are your thoughts on the word silly?


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Teacher Talk Tip #520:
Are you teaching your students that power is loud, full of force and often intimidating? Or are you sending the message that power is quiet, soft, and connecting? Pay attention to your intention.

Teacher Talk Tip #519:
Your students have become part of your life, in part, so you can learn from them. Your role is not always to guide but, at times, to be led.

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