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December 2007
Judy Steiner
Chief Inspector for English
Language Education
You must do the thing you think you
cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term
describing the uncomfortable tension that may
result from having two conflicting thoughts at the
same time, or from engaging in behavior that
conflicts with one's beliefs.
My heart is singing for joy this morning.
A miracle has happened! The light of
understanding has shone
upon my little pupil's mind,
and behold, all things are
Anne Sullivan
Critical Thinking Skills
That is what learning is. You suddenly
understand something you've understood
all your life, but in a new way.
Doris Lessing
The business of teaching is
carried forward…because
some individuals of
extraordinary vitality and
strength of personality
engage in it, and the fire that
helps to guide them kindles
the spirits of the young
people whose lives they
Woodrow Wilson
Pay It Forward
The Law of the Starfish
A man was walking down the beach one day and came
across hundreds of tiny starfish that had washed up on
shore. He immediately began to pick up as many as he
could and throw them back in the ocean. He repeated this
over and over, until another man walked up and asked him
what he was doing.
"Isn't it obvious," said the man. "All these starfish will die
if we don't get them back in the water. Please help me."
The second man replied, "What's the use, you'll never be
able to get them all back in the water. So what difference
does it make?"
The man bent down, picked up just one starfish, and
tossing it back into the water said, "It makes a difference
to this one.“ (Accessed from:
My teacher thought I was smarter
than I was; so I was.
Six-year old student
The hardest battle is to be nobody but yourself
in a world that is doing its best, night and day,
to make you like everybody else.
E.E. Cummings
My Impact as a Teacher
by Haim Ginott
I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a
child's life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations it is my response that decides whether
a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child
humanized or dehumanized.
You must be the
change you wish to
see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi