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“I will not let school get in the way of my education” Mark Twain

“The most important thing is allowing students to ask questions and then give them the space to find the answers" Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, Tony Wagner

“We are no longer educating students to get a job they can keep for 30 years and retire...Instead, we are educating our students for a job which most likely does not yet exist. For a world we cannot foresee, and for a workforce that has doubled in the past ten years thanks to technology and globalization” Inquiry and Innovation, A.J. Juliani 

“At the start of an endeavor, we need encouragement and freedom to figure out what we enjoy. We need small wins. We need applause. Yes, we can handle a tincture of criticism and corrective feedback. Yes, we need practice. But not too much and not too soon. Rush a beginner and you’ll bludgeon their budding interest. It’s very, very hard to get that back once you do” Grit, Angela Duckworth

“Is education about earning a grade, or is it really about fostering learning and creative engagement? We need to put the focus on the process of creativity and development, not on earning a grade for compliance” Pure Genius, Don Wettrick 

“A child is born knowing nothing, and all they want to do is learn. Every experience in the universe is new to them and they’re soaking it in; they’re a learning machine. Yet, we grind that out of them in our educational system, and they are taught not to learn; they are taught to memorize; they are taught to be very good at figuring out what it is a teacher wants them to do and then deliver it in the exact way the teacher wanted" Pure Genius, Don Wettrick 

“The reality of the creative process is that it often requires persistence, the ability to stare at a problem until it makes sense. It’s forcing oneself to pay attention, to write all night and then fix those words in the morning. It’s sticking with a poem until it’s perfect; refusing to quit on a math questions; working until the cut of a dress is just right. The answer won’t arrive suddenly, in a flash of insight. Instead, it will be revealed slowly, gradually emerging after great effort” Imagine, Jonah Lehrer

“I think people need to be reminded that creativity is a verb, a very time-consuming verb. It’s about taking an idea in your head, and transforming that idea into something real. And that’s always going to be a long and difficult process. If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work” Imagine, Jonah Lehrer

Here are some teaching resources I've created. If there is anything you'd like to use, feel free to download the file.

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