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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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There is the danger, probably the most common one, that throughout the long years of going to school a child will never acquire the enjoyment of work and pride in doing at least one kind of thing really well.

Erikson

I have one more: The answer

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I have one more:

The answer lies in preventing […] failures not in looking for better ways to fix the people who are failing.

William Glasser, Choice Theory

My motto

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Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
-Abigail Adams

5-8 Language Arts and History Teacher

Favorite teaching quote

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To the uneducated an A is just 3 sticks -A.A. Milne

Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Forrester

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"You write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head."

First Year Teacher in Colorado

Einstein

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Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Educatinonist

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"I do not tech, I inspire"

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Writer and educational activist

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"What you want to do as a teacher is to make people aware of the complexity of experience, of the complexity of the world--that our little corner is real and very important, but it's not the whole. And we should make the effort to understand as much of the rest as we can possibly manage. This is not a threatening position: it is an enriching one. If we can do it, we will be richer, we will be better. This is what education should aim to do: to draw out from us what is there so that it can interact with what's outside."

-Chinua Achebe

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Quotations imparting knowledge and wisdom are ubiquitous. These are some of my favorites:
The only thing I ask from you is *ganas.* *Desire.*-Jaime Escalante
We can do it.- Rosie the Riveter
Always expect the unexpected.- Kwai Chang Caine "Kung Fu"
With great power comes great responsibility.- Uncle Ben to Peter Parker
"I may be slow in the feet, but not in the 'cabeza'."- Slow-Poke Rodriguez (Speedy
Gonzalez's country cousin)
You have a sacred birthright.- Rupert Giles to Buffy Summers

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