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What's the #1 thing you'd like your students to learn this fall?

What's the #1 thing you'd like your students to learn this fall?

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Last week on Facebook, we asked our fans to complete a fun fill-in-the blank question:

"The #1 thing I'd like my students to learn this fall is ______________."

Some of the answers were so inspiring, I couldn't help but share them here as well. Below are some of the most popular:

Jim: That they matter.
Lucie: That one look, one comment, one moment can change a life forever - for the better or the worse. Be the catalyst for the good you want to see in the world.
Kate: Empathy.
Keegan: Compassion
Jessica: To view failure/mistakes as a learning experience.

So, what's the #1 thing that you'd like your students to learn this fall?

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia

Here are a couple of my favorites from the earlier conversation:

"To think... Not what to think, but to think!"

"They are so much more than a test score."

"Their voice counts! They aren't just a data point -- but a group of wonderful, funny, creative people!"

I have to include this one too... so cute!

"How to tie their shoes! I've got one little one I've had to tie their shoes at least ten times this week. They came in today all proud! Miss ------! I learned how to tie my shoes! Me, "That is super!" During math they managed to tie their shoes together! Gotta love kindergarten!"


Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

That we (including me, the teacher) are going to mess up a hundred x a hundred. And that's learning.

Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

To have hope. So many of my inner city middle school students have already given up on the possibility that they can amount to something, to have a life better than the one they've been living so far.

Ron Peck's picture
Ron Peck
H.S. Social Studies teacher from Medford, Oregon.

To Understand it's not what you know but know where to find it.

Also, to think critically.

Lastly, focus on the learning not on the grade.

Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Great question. I'd have to go with 'The number 1 thing that I would like my students to learn is to think critically about themselves and the world around them. Also, to treat the people in their lives with compassion and honesty.'

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