Resources for Teachers and Learners of All Ages

Why We Teach
Enjoy these inspirational thoughts.


Poetry and Other Thoughts

Children Learn What They Live
A classic poem by Dorothy Law Nolte ~ A wonderful reminder of how and what children learn

What Teachers Make
Read this variation of the poem by Taylor Mali ~ For the original poem, visit

The Love and Hate Wolves
A short story/poem that provides food for thought about choosing between love and hate. Great for sharing with students in conflict.


Kids Who Are Different
Another classic, by Digby Wolfe ~ A tribute to kids who march to a different drummer, a poem worth printing out and posting on a classroom wall.

Journeys to Whole Language
Read the stories of experienced teachers who have made the journey to Whole Language. Find out about how they started, what they've discovered, and their experiences with students of all ages.


Teachers' Favorite Quotes on Teaching and Learning


"Many years ago I began to play the cello. Most people would say that what I am doing is 'learning to play' the cello....In short, I will go on 'learning to play' until I have 'learned to play'and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense. There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." ~ John Holt

 "Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education." ~ Lao-Tzu

 "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." ~ Maya Angelou

"Deep down we must have real affection for each other, a clear realization or recognition of our shared human status. At the same time, we must openly accept all ideologies and systems as a means of solving humanity's problems. One country, one nation, one ideology, one system is not sufficient." ~ The Dalai Lama

Literacy is constructing, creating and communicating meaning in many forms of representation. ~ Elliot Eisner

Creativity is the residue of time wasted. ~ Albert Einstein

Whenever you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have in front of you - a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think, here is a little squeeze of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, until it gives your own naive impression of the scene in front of you. ~ Claude Monet

"Those who have been required to memorize the world as it is will never create the world as it might be."  ~ Judith Groch

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.   Learn as if you were to live forever." ~ Gandhi

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." ~ Margaret Mead

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~ William Butler Yeats

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding. ~ William Arthur Ward

"The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires." ~ William Arthur Ward

"In education we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life." ~ William Allen White

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." ~ Mark Van Doren

"As knowledge increases, wonder deepens." ~ Charles Morgan

"If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches."  Carolyn Kenmore

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." ~ Chinese Proverb

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards." ~ Anatole France

"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them." ~ Leo Buscaglia

"Learning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself." ~ Robert A. Heinlein"

"To hold students to higher standards than one holds oneself is to engage in tyranny." ~Trish Roberts-Miller

"There are times when we are in the midst of life when nature or love is fully revealed, times when a holy and awesome awareness comes upon us." ~ from The Sparrow ~ Mary Doria Russell

"Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt." ~ Clarence Darrow

"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they see nothing but sea." ~ Francis Bacon

"The reader writes the story." ~ E. Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize

"Tis the good reader that makes a good book." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Teaching is a political act." ~ Paulo Friere

"In teaching it is the method and not the content that is the message...the drawing out, not the pumping in." ~ Ashley Montague

"Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own." ~ Jean Toomer

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, date, facts, skills, or abilities-that's training or instruction-but is rather a making visible what is hidden as a seed." ~ Thomas Moore

"No man stands so tall as when he bends to help a child." ~ Unknown

"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, and some sort of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers." ~~ Gilbert Highet, 'The Art of Teaching' (1950)

"Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers." ~~ Richard Bach

"Teachers know their own students best - or they should - and no outsider is qualified to prescribe the course of action to be taken for any particular student at any particular time. Learning and teaching are part of a social collaboration that can never be scripted in advance." ~ Frank Smith, Ourselves: Why We Are Who We Are

"There is a growing technology of testing that permits us now to do in nanoseconds things that we shouldn't be doing at all." ~ Gerald W. Bracey, educational psychologist

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