The prezi I created (and displayed below) shows the core values of my teaching. I hope I do my best every day to live up to them.



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What I Want For My Children (thanks to David Truss)


Amazing blog entry by David Truss: An Open Educator Manifesto (a MUST read)



Education, leadership, character quotes that resonate with me. More than half are from my PLN on Twitter.
You can see them here on my Flickr account as I turned them into mini posters (will add more in time). I am @surreallyno on Twitter.


Kids deserve teachers who are willing to explore and take risks. (Steven W. Anderson)

If you're in the business of learning, you have to be a learner first. (Edna Sackson)

If you want to change “how” you teach, if you want to change “how” your students learn, you must change yourself first. (Paul Bogush)

One of the best ways to get really excited about teaching is to constantly be really excited about learning and life in general.(Jabiz Raisdana)

We can't own education, we have to shareit. (Dave Hancock)

We need passionate employees. They have a questing disposition and seek others to collaborate with. (John Hagel)

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. (Lou Holtz)

The astronauts that will take us to Mars are somewhere in our school system right now. (Alex Howard)

It's precisely in the gap between our good intentions and our less worthy actions that we must negotiate the future. (Deb Meier)

It's criminal how a report card can make a 10 year so nervous. We should be ashamed of ourselves. (Joe Bower)

Only mediocrity is safe. Therefore, be the best and get prepared to be attacked. (Paulo Cohelo)

If you aren't big enough to stand criticism, you are too small to be praised. (Earl Deason)

If you're interested, you will do what is convenient; if you're committed, you'll do whatever it takes. (J. Assaraf)

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. (Norman Peale)

To be successful in the areas of change, we are going to have to figure out a way to reintegrate passion in profession. (John Hagel)

Consciously, we teach what we KNOW; unconsciously, we teach who we ARE. (Hamachek via Willy C. Cardoso)

Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing. (Confucius)

If every moment is graded students will play it safe, become passive learners, and never stretch themselves to their potential. (Tom Schimmer)

I worry about the qualifications of a teacher who isn't a reader. Then again, all non-readers worry me. (Jane Bayers Goodwin)

High Achievers are interested; Gifted learners are curious;Creative learners wonder. (Deborah Mesino)

Leaders can let you fail without your being a failure. (Stanley McChrystal)

I don't want to change you...I want to encourage, empower and support you as you change yourself. (Justin Tarte)

You can't make tough decisions without answering tough questions. Avoiding the questions chokes change.

To be come learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something. #collective knowledge, #sharing (John Hagel)

Your passion as a teacher must be students, not school. Anything else is a road to burnout. (Justin Storz)

Progress is not created by contented people. (Frank Tyger)

Be a giver: It's simple, but NOT easy. #sharing knowledge (Tristan Bishop)

Those who make test scores and grades the heart of education tend to be able to hit their targets while entirely missing the point. (Joe Bower)

Learners need to experience confusion...Clarifying this chaos is the heart of learning.

Think impact, not title. #leadership

Focus on growth. Not approval. (Nancy Wolfson)

You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do. (Henry Ford)

Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love. (Zig Ziglar)

The most effective way to manage change is to create it. (Peter Drucker)

While many claim 'it' is impossible, others are busy already doing it. (Joe Bower)

Stop thinking traditionally. Start thinking passionately. (Michael Costigan)

You cannot become complacent when you are a change maker. When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot!" (Vicky Davis)

When I lose my temper — EVEN WITH REASON – I literally shave off a piece of my nobility. The nobility of teaching. (Vicki Davis)

Transformational leadership is all about relationships. By definition, manipulation (rewards & punishments) is counter-productive. (Joe Bower)

As leaders, we DON'T need to look at "Did (teacher) teach it " anymore, but "Did (students) learn it _. (C. Dufour)

Those who do nothing are never wrong. (Theodore de Bouville via Steve Cushing)

Defending mediocrity is exhausting. (Seth Godin)

Worksheets don't grow dendrites. Authentic negotiation of meaning and form does. (Ruslana Westerlund)


The Reflective School - Prezi by Peter Papas (@edtech on Twitter)


Four Things to Fuel the Momentum - by Dan Rockwell (@leadershipFreak on Twitter)

Quotes on Learning and Change - A Flickr group that I have been following for the past two years. Excellent source of inspiration!

PurposEd - Another Flickr group focused on learning. I am a contributor, too . They have a blog, digital newspaper and great educators sharing their reflections on education.



Effective Instruction - Brilliantly simple poster illustrating the basics of great teaching.