I was in a Chicago pastry shop last week and was amused by the sign: "Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts." What a great rationale for treating oneself to a rich, scrumptious, 6-layer carrot cake or cheese cake topped with fresh strawberries or perhaps a chocolate mousse with a 4-inch meringue. Are you tempted yet to reduce your stress at the nearest bakery or pastry shop?
Man, now I am thinking about desserts and trying to reframe from raiding the refrig;)
I read a quote a teacher had on the bottom of her email and it stuck with me. I added it to my beginning slide of an upcoming webinar since the school year is starting and this one is a good motivator. Here it is:
"When we choose to love the work we do, we can catch our limit of happiness, meaning, and fulfillment everyday."
Not recently, but this is one of my favorites. My brother's high school band director was a very outspoken proponent for arts education in schools. I don't know if it originated with him, but he said
"If we only teach children to read and write, someday there will be nothing to read and write about."
My brother is now a professor of music at Michigan State University. He still lives by that.
EDUGlogster has a great one on their site:
"Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." -Plato
Colleen, those are great ones. I was just rereading Dewey's Experience and Education and came across the following--it was a reminder to me of why I chose to support K-12 students and educators through museums. I hope that we can provide valuable resources to teachers that support their efforts to inspire a lifelong love of learning in their students!
"Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is actually studying at the time. Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes, of likes and dislikes, may be and often is much more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history that is learned. For these attitudes are fundamentally what count in the future. The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning." - John Dewey
And one more...I read this one on a difficult day and it brightened my outlook. I hope it can do the same for others.
We have tomorrow
Bright before us
Like a flame
-from the poem "Youth" by Langston Hughes
National Museum of American History (Smithsonian's History Explorer)
I teach 6th, 7th, & 8th grade computers, and I use the Bio-Cube as an introduction to class : http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/bio_cube/
One side of the Bio-Cube is "Quotation." I tell my students to put down what their parents always tell them and be able to tell us what it means to them. I give as an example what my father always said to me, "Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are!"
This is a great way for the teacher/peers to learn about their students, plus it is an excellent interactive use of technology.
Has anyone else tried the Bio-Cube?
Check this out: BrainyQuote.com
I love it! You can surf by category, by person, subject, keyword, etc.
How's this for a quotation:
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
C. S. Lewis
One of my favorite quotes: "What we acquire too cheaply, we esteem too lightly". This also fits my view of one of the major problems with the educational system in the US of A!
Having your taxes pay for schools, showing up to class unbathed, uncombed, in pajama pants and slippers with cell phones and I-pods indicates to me we are 'forcing' kids to attend their classes rather than inspiring them to achieve knowing it is the way to success in their futures. We hand it to them freely when most want to throw it back in our faces.... how about we send them out into the real world by 16, unless they have 'earned' the privelege of further schooling! They can always go back once they truly realize the value of an education and are ready to work hard to achieve that diploma.
I read these two quotes every morning before leaving for work!
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
-- Dale Carnegie
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Remember your fairy tales..." C. S. Lewis from the quote (below) which I came across in researching and composing the EDSITEment Chronicles: Beyond the Wardrobe to spotlight the opening of the latest Narnia episode: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In addition to this feature, visit EDSITEment to find a number of related lessons that help students remember and understand the power of fairy tales such as Fairy Tales Around the World for the K - 2 set.
“The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things– the beauty, the memory of our own past– are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.
Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has laid upon us for nearly a hundred years.”
–C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory,” from The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses, 1949.
Re your Roosevelt quote in full it is:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."
I have had this quote posted in my room for years. However, I can't seem to confirm who actually said this. You say Eleanor Roosevelt? I will look into this.