My new book, Classroom LIGHTBULBS, aims to energize college professors and curious teachers seeking a fresh perspective on teaching. I believe that the quotes to begin each chapter have a thought-provoking appeal to people in any profession.
The LIGHTBULBS acronym highlights ten universal qualities of an effective teacher. Each letter of the LIGHTBULBS is supported with my unique perspectives on student engagement, compassion, and justice, as told through humorous, serious, and relatable stories from the classroom and life experiences. These anecdotes serve as an easy way for instructors to remember to apply the acronym and get fired up to teach before walking into class.
I hope that many of these quotes get YOU fired up to reignite your career passion and motivation to succeed in 2023. The first letter of each bolded sentence forms the LIGHTBULBS acronym:
Listen to all learners
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right. --Jane Goodall
Inspire students with real world discussions
It is impossible to unsign a contract, so do all your thinking before you sign. --Warren Buffett
It hurts a lot when … you don’t even understand what you’re reading in your contract. --Mary J. Blige
Give hope to everyone
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. --Helen Keller
Help students engage through exaggeration and humor
Seven years of college down the drain. --Bluto (John Belushi), Animal House movie
Teach to your strengths
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. --Leonardo da Vinci
Be available at all times, whether in person or electronically
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. --Maya Angelo
Understand that students may lack your life experience or knowledge
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. --Albert Einstein
Let your passion rub off on students
The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. --Rev. Martin Luther King
Be willing to walk in your students’ shoes
No matter how many times you are knocked down, in the end the swinging of your own blows will exhaust them. --Erin Brockovich (the person, not the movie)
It ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. --Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa movie, not the person)
Stay within yourself?
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. --Benjamin Franklin
I’ll conclude with these career and success quotes from other chapters in Classroom LIGHTBULBS:
We create our future, by well improving present opportunities: however few and small they are. --Lewis Latimer, inventor of a long-lasting light bulb filament
You don’t get better if you win all the time. You look at yourself more when you lose. --Jeremy Lin, professional basketball player
© 2023 Perry Binder, J.D. is an award-winning professor at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, and the author of Classroom LIGHTBULBS for College Professors (Amazon #1 New Release in Pedagogy, Jan.2023) and 99 Motivators for College Success (2012).
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