Sometimes a person says something, or you read something, that just resonates with you. I’m wondering if I began sharing with my staff the quotes I like or the sentences I read if it would cause any kind of change. Would others think about them? Would/could we have conversations about what they mean? Would there even be time?
I read all the time…I read books my kids are reading, and I read education books that make me think, and I read best sellers, too. My family room has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves I put in when I moved into this house, and they are full. I’ve recently discovered reading on my iPad, and I’ve spent a ton on Amazon in the past few months. Rarely does someone mention a book that I haven’t at least heard of, and often I’ve read it or parts of it, depending on the kind of book it is. I’m having a ball teaching literacy to fifth graders this year, partly because of the conversations we have about the books we read. But the fact of the matter is that I often forget the best words of the book or article because I do read so much…and so fast. So I’ve learned over the years to write them down–in a blog post or email to a friend or just somewhere–the very act of writing the words puts them more in my head. Would sharing some of these favorites cause more conversations with my staff?
“Real relevance, a willingness to allow learners to follow their interests, and a creative use of technology.”
“Technology is really about relationships.”
“When this relationship is supportive and based on engaging with learners and not controlling them then it can facilitate amazing learning.”
These quotes come from Oliver Quinlan’s liveblog. Check it out and see what you think. :-)
As he says, These thoughts are my own, they are also yours…
Love that-my thoughts are yours now. I guess I’ll try sharing some of the quotes I like and see what happens!