This summer I’ve heard a rich collection of quotes and ideas addressing a broad scope of topics. I’d like to share some and hope you’ll share some back.

This summer, as I’ve migrated through a mix of rest, travel, reading, professional development and lesson-planning, I’ve heard or read a rich collection of quotes and ideas. They address a broad scope of topics. I’d like to share some in this post and hope you’ll share some back. I’ll do my best to attribute the original source in each case, but if that’s not possible I’ll at least say who I heard say it.

  • “Teaching should be a test of life, not a life of tests.” Andy Hargreaves at the Arizona K12 Center’s Teacher Leader Institute.
  • “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, quoted by Linda Darling-Hammond in Getting Teacher Evaluation Right.
  • “Teacher Leadership is not an appointment, it’s an attitude.” James E. Ford, tweeted by Anthony Grisillo
  • “You cannot lead where you will not go.” Tweeted by 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples
  • “Chunk it; don’t plunk it.” That’s me summarizing a PD facilitator’s comments that summative assessments are “Processes, not events.”

The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin is a great resource for anyone seeking to optimize their workflow and thinking. Here are some his ideas taken from my notes – I’ll use quotes, but some may be paraphrased a bit:

  • ” We don’t know what’s missing because we can completely ignore what’s outside our attention.” 
  • “Who asks the questions in my head? Who answers them?”
  • “Memory is a fiction susceptible to distortion. It is not a replay; it is a rewriting.” 
  • “Our brain has a crappy filing system.” (Crappy in the original.)

Last are some observations from Raymond Chandler in The Long Good-Bye:

  • “I don’t know him from a cow’s caboose.” 
  • “Whatever his rules were he played by them.”
  • “He is a very talented guy who has been jarred loose from his self-control.”
  • “‘Please don’t get up,’ she said in a voice like the stuff they use to line summer clouds with.” 

I’ll leave you with that. Monsoons came early to Tucson this summer, so it’s off to the porch to watch my own summer clouds build while I enjoy some more Raymond Chandler.

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