A collection of quotations that have personal and professional meaning to me:

On Technology:

  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn ~ Alvin Toffler
  • Without a doubt, the massive potential of Web 2.0 in the classrooms is the marriage of voice and authentic audience. However, I have to say that if you’re working with teachers who don’t even know what their content standards are, my impressions is that the central pedagogical problem to be solved has nothing to do with technology ~Dina Strasser
  • The B.E.S.T. conversations I have had with the people who know THE MOST about TECH has never been about TECH. ~Jen Wagner
  • Technology is just a tool that gets us deeper into the richest part of learning where we want our students to be. ~Ben Grey
  • Online behavior has offline consequences ~Vicki Davis presentation
  • BLOGGING. Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few. ~thinkgeek.com poster

On Leadership:

  • Good leaders today need to lead by inspiration rather than authority.
  • If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. ~Malcolm X
  • When someone doesn’t care enough to tell you that you are doing a bad job, they have given up on you. ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  • Lead by making others feel powerful. ~Ben Zander
  • Leadership is action, not position ~ Unknown
  • Leadership is like beauty: It’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it ~Warren Bennis
  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams
  • If it’s right, it’s works ~ from a blog post by David Warlick

On Teaching & Learning:

  • Community building is the new professional development ~John Pederson
  • Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
  • Passion can’t be taught, either you have it or it’s caught.
  • The magnitude of change staff is asked to make is inversely related to their likelihood of making it.
  • Incremental success motivates a student to try something more ambitious or to enhance the project. Bugs or mistakes lead students to rethink problems and test new strategies. ~Gary Stager about meaningful projects in schools
  • Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~Malcolm S. Forbes

On Goals & Risk-taking:

  • Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  • Brick walls are there for a reason, they let us prove how badly we want things. ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  • Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~ Bertie Kingore
  • Pushed the envelope today…got a paper cut.
  • See the opportunities rather than the obstacles. ~Dan Truss
  • When you are building something new, there’s always some demolition required.
  • Your car goes where your eyes go. ~Garth Stein, author The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves. ~Garth Stein, author The Art of Racing in the Rain

Life Lessons:

  • A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles Spurgeon
  • If everything is important then nothing is important
  • There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. ~Garth Stein, author The Art of Racing in the Rain
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