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Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

Heather Wolpert-Gawron Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

I always liked Yoda's "Do, do not. There is no try."

But then my 3 year-old said, "I disagree with Master Yoda," and pointed out that people should always try, because "sometimes trying's the most important thing." (By the way, he hasn't even seen the movie yet, but my husband and I - children from the 70s and 80s all the way - can't help but weave our own references into our conversations with him.)

So now, I guess THAT's my favorite quote. :-)

What's yours?

-Heather WG

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Middle School Math (including Alg I, Geo, and Alg II) from Tampa, FL

From my years marching drum corps...

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We used to have a shirt that we wore with a collection of stick figures. The caption read:

Teach them quick, before they think.

I never realized the complete truth of that shirt until I became a middle school teacher. :)

Albert Einstein

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Among the many fantastic quotes about education made by Albert Einstein are these gems:

-Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

-Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

-The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

-The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Favorite Teacher Quotes

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Here are some of mine:

1. "He who opens a school door, closes a prison." --Victor Hugo

2. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." --Henry Brooks Adams

3. "Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of a fire." --William Butler Yeats

Edutopia reporter and editor, mother of two.

I've always been partial to

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I've always been partial to the quote etched on the base of the statue of Emil Faber in the movie "Animal House." It reads: "Knowledge is Good."

Senior producer at Edutopia

Lessons for teaching and life

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These lessons for teaching life came from my third-grade teacher, Dee Uyeda, and were recited by a former colleague of hers at her memorial service a few years ago. I don't think Mrs. Uyeda actually said these things explicitly; she just demonstrated them in the way she taught and lived.

“One: Poetry is everywhere. If you take a moment to pay attention to a small something as it is happening, you are watching poetry. If you take another moment to write about it, you can share that poetic moment with others.

“Two: Math is everywhere. Math is complex and beautiful, and the number part of math isn’t really the math part. Real math is in a pineapple, a spider web, a piece of music, the stars in the sky.

“Three: There is good in everyone. There are so many different kinds of goodness that people can have. Everyone deserves a chance to show how they are good.

“Four: Your whole life, there will always be something to learn. Life wouldn’t be interesting without wondering and learning.”

Seventh grade science teacher from Miami, Florida

Middle school journalism teacher

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My very favorite quote is from Marva Collins:

"I am a teacher.
A teacher is someone who leads.
There is no magic here.
I do not walk on water,
I do not part the sea.
I just love children."

Two of my favorite quotes are from Lyndon Johnson:

"At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems-the answer for all the problems of the world-comes to a single word. That word is "education."

"The three R's of our school system must be supported by the three T's: teachers who are superior, techniques of instruction that are modern, and thinking about education that places it first in all our plans and hopes."

Artist, Illustrator, and Teacher

Teach Leadership

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Quote:

We used to have a shirt that we wore with a collection of stick figures. The caption read:

Teach them quick, before they think.

I never realized the complete truth of that shirt until I became a middle school teacher. :)

However, I like this one:

"Stop trying to remember and start trying to think."

—Helen Childs Boyden

Lead cats not sheep :)

Chemistry Teacher

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The seed of education grows when watered with passion, a vocation, perseverance, dreams and goodwill.

- Anonymous

English Teacher / Technology Coordinator / Instructional Technologist

Favorite Teaching Quotes

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On a bumper sticker: "If you can read this, thank a teacher."

Chemistry Teacher

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"The seed of education grows when watered with passion, vocation, perseverance,dreams and goodwill."

- Anonymous

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