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Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

Favorite Teaching/Learning Quote of all Time?

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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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Nancy Mc
Biology, Robotics

I do not know where is comes from but it hangs in my room near the door and the kids always remember it when they come back to visit. "WARNING, Due Dates are Closer Than They Appear."

Magdalena Fitzsimmons's picture
Magdalena Fitzsimmons
Gifted and Talented Programs, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

Here are a couple of quotes that have helped me along as a teacher, learner, and with life in general:

Many a false step has been made standing still. (Chinese proverb)

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone (Neale Donald Walsch)

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Laura Anderson
Second grade, So. Cal, married to a deaf guy (he's a teacher also)

[quote]"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate; our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." Can never remember who said that but I know it's a woman and NOT Nelson Mandela!

The woman you are thinking of is Marianne Williamson and I believe it comes from her book A Course In Miracles...they also used it in the movie Akeela and the Bee...one of my favs too!

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Julie Tremmel
3rd Grade Teacher

This one isn't profound like Einstein's or witty like Twain's, but it's real and I can relate to it. A teacher in my building entered the nurses office one afternoon and said something like, "Steven needs his medication. And if it's too early for him to take it, give it ME!"

Julie Tremmel's picture
Julie Tremmel
3rd Grade Teacher

This one isn't profound like Einstein's or witty like Twain's, but it is real and I can relate to it. A teacher in my building entered the nurses office one afternoon and said something like, "Steven needs his medication, and if it too early for him to take it, give it to ME!"

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Nicole Lemire
7th and 8th grade math teacher

On the back of a shirt I am pretty sure I bought from NCTM eons ago:

"Think for a moment about the people who have inspired you most in your life. Chances are, one of them was a teacher."

One of my own:

"Teach the why behind the how."

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Anna Pilloton
Program Coordinator

From former NYC Mayor, Edward Koch: "The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse."

Nancy Jacobs's picture
Nancy Jacobs
ELL teacher for grades 7-12 at Norfolk, NE.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!
- Andy McIntyre

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.
- Thomas H. Huxley

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance: that imitation is suicide: that he must take himself for better, or for worse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

>> The education of a man is never completed until he dies.
- Robert E. Lee

Misdirected focus on paperwork, on procedures, and on bureaucracy frustrates teachers and fails to give children the education they need.
- Christopher Bond

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Salzabar
I teach middle school students Reading and English Language Development

"Cuts in Education never heal"

"Bailout Banks, but not Education? Really?"

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