“A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 27:12
“You can’t always control circumstances, but you can control your own thoughts.”Charles Popplestone
“Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.” The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman
“A hungry ego is a mean ego. To make a happy ego you need to feed it with respect. People without respect have a mean ego.” How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People, Les Giblin
“Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.” Proverb 15.4
What are some of yours?
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Grade 9 + 10 English class are reading a non-fiction book (or two). There has been some great sharing, as well as a little jockeying to find the right book, which is part of this learning experience.
The students are exploring various ways to internalize some of the ideas and concepts from the books we are reading. So in the past week we have started a quote wall, where students can share some of the best quotes from their books.
Here are a few:
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
“Without conflict there is no growth, and the most challenging conflict is within ourselves.” Brio in the Ant and the Elephan
t”The law of nature is: Do the thing, and you shall have the ^power; but they who do not the thing have not the power.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.” Tom Hopkins
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lifeis bound in shallows and in miseries.” William Shakespeare
“Small actions compound over time. That means they grow in size and impact and lead to much bigger things.” Success for Teens
This quote by Mortimer J. Adler was taken from the book, A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille. For me it serves as a great reminder of my role in this process of education. It is to be like the farmer and ensure the best growing conditions for the student. In turn, they become the farmers nurturing themselves, each other, and us.
“Teaching like farming and healing, is a cooperative art. Understanding this, Comenius in The Great Didactic again and again compares the cultivation of the mind with the cultivation of the field; so, too, Plato compares the teacher’s art with the physician’s.”
“…only when teachers realize that the principal cause of learning that occurs in a student is the activity of the student’s own mind do they assume the role of the cooperative artists. While the activity of the learner’s mind is the principal cause of all learning, it is not the sole cause. Here the teacher steps in as a secondary and cooperative cause.”
“Like the farmer and the physician, the teacher must be sensitive to the natural process that his art should help bring to its fullest fruition – the natural process of learning. It is the nature of human learning that determines the strategy and the tactics of teaching.”
– Mortimer J. Adler
“It’s learning they are teaching them,” is one of my favourite quotes about the education of children. This paragraph embodies much of what we want for our kids. Ken Dryden is more than just a great goalie. Enjoy!
From “Ken Dryden In School” by Ken Dryden (1995)
The book was written in 1995. In this passage he is talking about teachers in the future (2003) would be striving towards:
It’s learning they are teaching them, not history or math, which are mere instruments for this learning. And it’s a feeling about learning they are trying to get across most of all. They want every child, when faced in the future with a book, a piece of technology, an adult, a child, a man, a woman, a black, a white, a genius, a dolt, a group, or only one other, to feel comfortable. To feel that he can learn, and wants to learn, from all the imaginable sources of his learning. That’s what “learning how to learn” and “lifelong learning” really mean, what parents really want when they drop their child off on that first day of school. Help see him through, they ask, so that one day he might see himself through.