Copyright © 1997, Louis Schmier and Atwood Publishing.
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 10:43:21 -0500 (EST)
2. I don't think making a mistake in class is fatal, but worrying about making a mistake and what others think is;
3. "they won't let me" or something like that is usually what educational tyranny and slavery are made of: you know where you want to go and and what to do, but you won't let yourself get up and go and make a todo;
4. A teacher is not a person for a student to lean on but a person who makes leaning unnecessary;
5. if all we do is count student faults, things never will add up right to make us seem right;
6. the two biggest obstacle we teachers face is have to do with us, not the students: believing there are new things about teaching to learn and having to unlearn the old ones;
7. we so often fashion our educational wardrobe to be fashionable with those around us; but if we all do that, who is the designer?
8. tell me, if you choose to hike a new path, why should you not expect to chance a stumble over a rock or get muddied in a puddle or come upon unexpected twist and a turn. Is it any different in the classroom?
9. I think supposed problem children are opportunites; you just have to get out of your suit or dress and into your workclothes
10. I wonder if a teacher who says of a student, "he doesn't belong" or "she can't..." or "he won't" is really looking in a mirror
10. when helping a student, I'd rather call upon my conscience than think about my reputation. The former is about me, the latter about others.
11. We teachers, like students, must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves in our teaching; otherwise we lose our dexterity and harden.
12. When a teacher is wrapped up in him/herself, in only what he or she does, it is a lously looking and poorly wrapped package.
13. I think teaching is like the sun in the sky; it's in constant motion creating a warm, nourshing, and nurturing light for things to grow into what they are capable of becoming
14. A teacher who is afraid to make a mistake usually doesn't create anything.
15. What we model for children in the classroom, they will take with them into adulthood and out into society.
16. I am a gardner; I want to be in the classroom like a perennial plant in my garden; I want to blossom year after year after; I want each student to emerge from the classroom as a perennial plant to bloom year after year after year, not just on a test.
17. No great achievement in the classroom is accomplished suddenly; a miracle occurs with a lot of hard work and taking risks
18. Show me someone who never takes a risk in the classroom, and I will show you someone not really interested in either themselves or the students
19. if we enter a classroom with jaundiced eyes everything looks miscolored; if we enter with clear eyes, everything looks bright
20. You know, I savor a good wine. But, I don't look at the bottle to find it.
21. Succssful teaching is not a gift; it's an accomplishment
22. Innovation and risk-taking are inevitably controversial and people so often defensively denouce it as deviant from the accepted norm
23. I think too often we teachers unthinkingly try to make our students replicas of ourselves and too often think that students learn best the way we learn best
24. I want to be a visionary whose vision I can shake hands with.
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier (912-333-5947) firstname.lastname@example.org Department of History /~\ /\ /\ Valdosta State University /^\ / \ / /~ \ /~\__/\ Valdosta, Georgia 31698 / \__/ \/ / /\ /~ \ /\/\-/ /^\___\______\_______/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" -\____