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Given a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.  (J.K. Galbraith).


I think, therefore I am. (Rene Descartes).




The quality of our thinking will determine the quality of our future.  (Edward de Bono).


The teacher of the future is a GUIDE on the SIDE, not a sage on the stage. Aphorism


Education is NOT the filling of a pail, but rather the LIGHTING of a FIRE.


Most students might forget what you taught them, but they will always remember how you treated them.


A big obstacle to bringing Computer Assisted instruction into the classroom is the teacher, because teachers love to perform.



Jack is a boy from Brooklyn who dropped out of school to avoid terminal boredom. 



I never let school get in the way of my education. Mark Twain



Drive out fear. 


There are 2 billion children in the developing world. Instead of asking their teachers to "reinvent the wheel" every day, why not share lesson plans that work with their 59 million teachers? 



Keep "Talking Time" to a minimum.


Creativity

Schools teach children to obey. But we need creative answers to the challenges of our times. Many of the people who've had the greatest influence on our times were failures in school.


The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist.”


Let’s create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.


Innovative schools offer small classes, individualized instruction, and flexible curricula which can accommodate the child. The same teacher stays with the same group of children for as many as eight grades. The teacher has to grow and learn with the children.


Many teachers believe that they need to control how they teach and how they test. Other teachers negotiate with their students what they will learn, when they will learn it and how we will check that they have learned it.


Until we find the child’s passion, it’s just school. When the child finds his passion, we teach to that passion. We can find internships for high school students: Kids say, “I love this internship!”


Unfortunately, to most people, teaching is the giving of knowledge. What are you going to tell the students? What is your expertise? But teaching is really about bringing out what's already inside people.


If individuals have different kinds of minds, with varied strengths, interests and strategies, then could biology, math and history be taught AND ASSESSED in a variety of ways?


Trust. Truth. No Put-downs. Active Listening. Personal Best.


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