10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we both hear and see
70% of what is discussed
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we teach to someone else
If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old, fearful person will fade away.
The ultimate use of power is to empower others.
What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now.
It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice.
Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced.
We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.
To focus on discipline is to ignore the real problem: We will never be able to get students (or anyone else) to be in good order if, day after day, we try to force them to do what they do not find satisfying.
Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.
This is at the heart of all good education, where the teacher asks students to think and engages them in encouraging dialogues, constantly checking for understanding and growth.
If everyone could learn that what is right for me does not make it right for anyone else, the world would be a much happier place.
We almost always have choices, and the better the choice, the more we will be in control of our lives.
The day we stop playing will be the day we stop learning.
Don't marry someone you would not be friends with if there was no sex between you.
What we get, and all we ever get, from the outside is information; how we choose to act on this information is up to us.
When you study great teachers... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.
The more a person perceives that he/she is loved, the less they will interfere with the lives of others.
We may be up against a stone wall, but we don't have to bloody our heads against it unless we choose to.
Today much of what we call education is merely knowledge gathering and remembering. Problem solving and thinking, never strong parts of our educational system, have been downgraded in all but a few scientific subjects.
When we depress, we believe we are the victims of a feeling over which we have no control.
Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.
What students lack in school is an intellectual relationship or conversation with the teacher.
We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't relate by talking to a group of friendly students, he'll never be a competent teacher.
Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes, yes when we should say no.
There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.
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