Monday, August 24, 2009

Best teachers are eager to inspire students

Some more inspiring quotes, this time from teacher-turned-journalist Bev Davis of the Register-Herald in West Virginia:

- “A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” — Patricia Neal

- “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

- “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” — Socrates

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ron Clark's Message is Universal

Atlanta is lucky to have the Ron Clark Academy based here.

Clark's message needs to be internalized by K-12 teachers and college professors, as the new school year approaches:

"If we can't be innovative in our classrooms, how can we expect our students to be innovative in life?"

Friday, August 14, 2009

Amazonian Prices

I just looked on Amazon and discovered the following prices for my book listed by independent sellers:
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Educator Starts 59th Year Of Teaching

This guy REALLY must like Math. 59 years!
"As long as I feel good, I have nothing else that I aspire to do except to be with young people and teach," said Sylvester Franklin.
Mr. Franklin has only missed two days of classes in that entire time.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Inspiring Quotes for Teachers

To start off the new semester, here are some great quotes to pump up teachers:

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -- Helen Keller

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." -- Marva Collins

"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner

"Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants." -- John Gardner

Bluto (Animal House): "Seven years of college down the drain."

Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School): "Good teacher. He really seems to care. About what I have no idea."

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

An Unfailing Belief in the Power of Teaching

An inspiring article from 2006, about a Harvard Law School graduate who left a Wall Street law firm to become an educator.

...Dr. Alonso’s realm is the mystical art of teaching young minds. Reflecting on this, in an interview at the Education Department headquarters in Lower Manhattan, Dr. Alonso quoted the Spanish poet and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno. “At some point, it is inevitable that you find yourself and it is up to you to determine whether that moment, that encounter will be about gladness or about sorrow.”