Saturday, March 23, 2002

A Few Quotes for Thought

"Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him and to let him know that you trust him." ~ Booker T. Washington

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come ." ~ Isaac Asimov

"The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do." ~ John Stuart Mill

"Our plans miscarry if they have no aim." (?)

"When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind." ~ Seneca

"All lasting wealth comes from enriching others in some way." ~ Brian Tracy

"Out of clutter, find Simplicity." ~ (?)

"From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity." ~ Albert Einstein

"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'" ~ Brian Tracy

"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat." ~ Napoleon Hill

Monday, March 4, 2002

Department Meeting

Department meeting today - Discussion of report of Southern Conference and Making Middle Grades Count:

My comments at meeting:

1. Everyone (at the top) is adding their own special ingredients to the soup and because of this we lose the ability to focus and be effective.

2. The emphasis on data makes us lose connection with the human beings we are teaching.

Glad I'm getting out. I don't want to be a part of what we're doing to kids. No one listens to the teachers in the trenches.