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When we understand the intelligence behind students' errors, we can help in a way that truly extends their understanding.
The woods would be silent if no bird sang but the best.
I think the mirror should be tilted slightly upward when it's reflecting life--toward the cheerful, the tender, the compassionate, the brave, the funny, the encouraging, all those things.
As we move around the room hearing our studetns' stories, our teaching changes our children-- and it changes us. Each child becomes infinitely precious to us. "What fascinating, amazing kids I have," we think. When we feel this way, we stand a chance of making a differene in their lives.
It is not necessary to expect that all of us, as teachers, will regularly draft, revise, and publish our own essays and poems. What is necessary, however, is that we have memories of a time when we loved writing and that we draw on those memories when we teach writing. If we have even once in our lives experienced the power of writing, our teaching will forever be changed.
It is an illusion that writers livew more significant lives than non-writers; the truth is, writers are just more in the habit of finding the significance that is there in their lives.
A writer: someone who is enormously taken by things anyone else would walk by.
"After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
Nor public flame, nor private, dare to shine;
Nor human light is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! Thy dread Empire, Chaos, is restored;
Light dies before thine uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall;
And universal darkness buries all.