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As 2011 is coming to an end, we have compiled our top 12 teaching quotes, stress buster tips and questions of the day.
Top Teacher Quotes of 2011
When you're struggling to remember what being a teacher is all about, a great quote can bring your focus back on track. Here are a few of this year's most inspiring or thought-provoking quotes.
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- "As I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity — all come from how I was parented and taught... None of these qualities that make me who I am can be tested." ~ Matt Damon
- "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." ~ Steve Jobs
- "It would be good if our nation's education leaders recognized that teachers are not solely responsible for student test scores. Other influences matter, including the students' effort, the family's encouragement, the effects of popular culture, and the influence of poverty. A blogger called 'Mrs. Mimi' wrote the other day that we fire teachers because 'we can't fire poverty.' Since we can't fire poverty, we can't fire students, and we can't fire families, all that is left is to fire teachers.” ~ Diane Ravitch
- "Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." ~ Shel Silverstein
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Top Stress Buster Tips of 2011
Lesson planning, late assignments, and a classroom full of kids make it easy for your stress level to boil over. Here are a some of the top stress busters of 2011.
- Secret Stash. Keep a few things that always make you smile in your desk. It can be anything from pictures of your kids, your dog’s first collar, a mini-Eiffel Tower from your trip to Paris, a bottle of sand from your summer getaway, lotion that smells like heaven, an Ernie Banks baseball card or your favorite candy. On your most trying days, take a momentary mental break from your class and your students and your crazy life by taking pleasure in your hidden treasures.
- Let yourself take a "brain-free break" during a break or lunch period. Use it to play Angry Birds, read for pleasure, or to just zone out for a few minutes.
- "Forget about multi-tasking and focus on one thing at a time. Complete one task before moving on to the next one." ~Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber.
- Avoid teacher's lounge gossip. It's unnecessary drama and no good can come from it.
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Top Question of the Day Surveys of 2011
As teachers, you have seen and heard it all and we love when you share it! Here are some of this year's most popular questions of the day with some awesome answers.
What is the most creative excuse you've heard from a student?
- "I couldn't practice because my pet python got loose in the house and we were not allowed to go back to the house until the python was located." ~ Becky Orr
A bird took it to build a nest.
"My mother went into labor and I had to deliver the baby so I didn't want to mess up my textbook!" ~ Al Slocum
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What is your least favorite "labor" as a teacher?
- Babysitting duties, like cafeteria and hallway guard.
- Writing lesson plans from insane templates that no one ever looks at. It is only for the administrators to protect themselves.
- Discipline. It is being pushed back to the classroom teacher at our school instead of admin. making a few examples and moving on.
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How do you ignite a love of learning in students?
- Passion and love. Passionate people inspire people....Love connects them. I connect with my kids by genuinely loving them and that connection gets them interested in who I am and what I have to say or teach. ~ Shasta Grimes
- Enthusiasm...high interst topics...real interest in who my students are as individuals...loving what I do...
- I always have high expectations for my students telling them that our class is the best 4th grade class in school. I give them brags on a chart everyday for good behaviors, brags from administration, and other teachers. After the chart is filled we have a surprise party. They love it. ~ Marsha
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What word do you hope students use to describe you?
- Ms. Mary Ellen-- I remember her-- she was kind, caring, and she let me be me.
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Share your quotes, stress buster tips and question for future Q&As in the comments section!