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If I Could Only Give My Students One Piece of Advice

If I Could Only Give My Students One Piece of Advice

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We asked Edutopia's Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ communities to finish the following sentence: "If I could only give my students one piece of advice, it would be..."

There were many, many wonderful responses. These are just some of our favorites:

Cope With Failure and Learn From Mistakes

  • Success is always a process, never an event. Failure is always an event, never a person - Manolis Votsis
  • Mistakes are meant to be made. It's what you do different the next time that matters - Dina Maryea-Baker
  • Take risks and see mistakes as learning opportunities, not things to be avoided at all costs - @lorimacdon
  • Failure is not a red F, it is the "First Attempt in Learning" - Dean Mantz

Love Yourself

  • The way people treat you is a reflection of their character, not yours - Steph Burg
  • Be kind to yourself - Shaelin Shields
  • To the are not an object. To the are not a stereotype. Be strong, be free of images, make your own path - Gerry Kenney
  • Never let anybody call you stupid... including yourself - Sherry Meagher
  • To live each day proud of all the things they can do and not be stifled by all the things they can't - @Teach4love
  • Laugh at yourself once in a while - G VanDeCarr
  • What you think matters. What you say matters. What you do matters. You matter - Daryl Myers

Being a Good Person

  • Be accepting to other children - Kisha Gaskill
  • Have empathy for others - Debbie Reed
  • Always look at the two sides of the story before judging - ‏@Justmemarie2
  • Help build each other UP. We're all in this together - @KHowlandGHS
  • Empathy and an open mind are important for global citizens. Learning will spring from both - Cynthia Clark
  • Give back by volunteering. It will help in many ways - Deanna Concidine
  • Listen first, try to understand second, and judge last - @MrBarry628

Know the Keys to Success

  • Being open to new things, preparation, planning, networking & a sprinkle of luck are key to success - Dawn Clarke
  • Let it go! Let it go! Not saying let go of your education, but let go of the little stuff that tends to dictate whether or not you have a bad day in school. It's HARD to do when you're an adult, much less a kid - Mary Gallagher
  • Don't let anyone else define success for you - Rick Wylie
  • You are the best advocate for yourself - Tara Schurman

Find Your Passion - Teri Skillman

  • Get experience with what you love. Qualifications will get you to the interview but experience and passion will get you further - @PeoplePensPaper
  • Find a career/job that makes you excited to leave your bed - @terriluna01

Slow Down

  • Don't be in a hurry to grow up - Ron Sims
  • Relax - Mark Welinski
  • It's a marathon, not a sprint. You don't need to do everything and/or immediately - Susan Russo

Be a Lifelong Learner - @TXSalsaCongress

  • Education is not for few years learning process it's a life long till the end of life process - Shivani Agarwal
  • Learning how to learn is the most important thing you will ever learn - Janet Piskurich
  • Never stop learning. School can teach you many things, but the world has knowledge that extends beyond classrooms. Be open to it - @MsMedinaTweets
  • Learning will positively transform your life blooming into a distinguished valuable being - @bashaierk
  • Remember and A,B,C,D,F....does not define who you are or who you will learning - Cheryl Best


  • Listen more than you speak when trying to attain new skills and knowledge - Marcia Baynes
  • Listen.... listen to your teachers, to your parents, to your peers.  Learn to listen and really hear what others are saying.  This is a life skill that many children and adults were never taught - Chad Jones
  • Appreciate the words of all those with experience - Michael Manning

Ask Questions and Be Curious

  • Allow yourself to be curious. There is so much to learn that "isn't on the test" - Kate Phipps
  • Question everything - @TheRealMrBauer
  • Follow your curiosity but be both open minded and skeptical - @library_jim


  • Perseverance fuels the learning experience, and patience beautifies it - @rasheedhammadi
  • Don't make excuses, make it happen. You're capable of overcoming any obstacle life throws your way - Anthony Mason
  • Life is tough...but you're tougher - Kid President - Tanya B Murphy
  • Never give up, even when it seems like your only option. Never doubt there are people in your corner - @Jody_Burke

Be Practical

  • Don't procrastinate - - get it started! ( opposed to "Get it done.") - David Crumbaker
  • Develop good study habits - Laura Stipancich
  • Read the directions - @LindaAragoni
  • Wear sunscreen. (Sorry. Couldn't help it.) - Rodney Fields

READ, READ, and READ - Randy Keck

  • Read. A lot. Including newspapers - @jdmstewart1
  • Never stop reading - Page Bobo Dancy
"If I could only give my students one piece of advice, it would be...."

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Rusul Alrubail's picture
Rusul Alrubail
Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project

Hillary, this is such a great compilation. Thanks for putting it all together. My favourites are: love yourself, Be a good person, and find your passions.

Hillary Hill's picture
Hillary Hill
Social Media Marketing Associate at Edutopia

Thanks, Rusul! I'm lucky, because the teachers who responded provided so many amazing pieces of advice. It made my job easy. :)

Gerardo's picture
8th Grade U.S. History @ ESMS

What? Do you mean that I created my own collection as a fruitless endeavor. On another note, its great to see that we think like.

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