Inspiring Stories, Poetry, and
Quotes about Teaching and Learning
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
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.
Some Favorite Quotes
"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
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
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." ~ Gandhi
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William Arthur Ward
"If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches." Carolyn Kenmore
"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
think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt."
~ Clarence Darrow
"Teaching is a political act." ~ Paulo Friere
"No man stands so tall as when he bends to help a child." ~ Unknown
"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
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