A good quotation can serve as a model for one’s own work. I love quotations! I even have a list that I add new quotations to when I find them. Often they serve as inspiration or a spring board for my work as I attempt to communicate what I believe. Or it may be a reminder as I work with a staff of 80+ educators. I like this one: If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
-Winnie the Pooh.
It makes me smile first instead of getting frustrated. Or I think of this one: “Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. On the other hand, that which we allow him to discover for himself will remain with him visible for the rest of his life.”( Piaget) as I work with teachers and parents to build an understanding of a constructivist curriculum. It doesn’t explain all of the approach but it gives me a spring board for a conversation. I especially like this one: Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
-Henry Van Dyke. It reminds me to use what I have- give it a go! I may not be the best song bird but I can sing my own song!