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If you look at your class as anything less than life or death, you do not deserve to be a teacher. If you walk into the classroom ten minutes late, week after week, you need to resign. You wouldn’t come in late on your job all the time, but I venture to guess that some of you do it on Sunday.
Great teachers have great personalities and … the greatest teachers have outrageous personalities.
Never compare one student’s test score to another’s. Always measure a child’s progress against her past performance. There will always be a better reader, mathematician, or baseball player. Our goal is to help each student become as special as she can be as an individual–not to be more special than the kid sitting next to her.
When we did art with the kids, the demons would lie down.
… be radical about grace and relentless about truth and resolute about holiness…
Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.
Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.
We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Coretta Scott King
I would teach how science works as much as I would teach what science knows. I would assert (given that essentially, everyone will learn to read) that science literacy is the most important kind of literacy they can take into the 21st century. I would undervalue grades based on knowing things and find ways to reward curiosity. In the end, it’s the people who are curious who change the world.
Neil deGrasse Tyson