Monthly Archives: June 2016

Inspiration

It is so easy as a teacher to nitpick and focus on every tiny detail that goes into what we teach. And that is not a bad thing. But it is so easy to get tangled in curriculum and programs and mandates and structures and planning. And then we forget what is truly important. After the end of this school year I feel desperately tangled.

So this summer I am remembering why I love to do what I do, because it’s so easy to forget. I am collecting inspiration. I’m not talking about cheesy teacher quotes. My inspiration come from movies and music and books and plays and art. Reminders that I am not solely responsible for changing the world. Reminders of the big picture, which I believe is teaching my students to love learning and love reading. How I go about achieving that, be it by choice or mandate, matters much less.

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Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. – CS Lewis

If I can get some student interested in science, if I can show members of the general public what’s going on up there in the space program, then my job’s been done. -Christa McAuliffe

When Lin [Manuel Miranda] told the audience at the white house that, “Alexander Hamilton embodies the world’s ability to make a difference,” he was thinking of all the good things that language can do. Hamilton reminds us that the American Revolution was a writers’ revolution, that the founders created the nation one paragraph at a time. -Hamilton the Revolution

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. -George RR Martin

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Why do you write like you’re running out of time? – Hamilton

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? – Dead Poets Society

We can’t just study history. We got to make history. And history is made by ordinary people. Ordinary people like you and me and that guy. – Kid President