21 Twenty-First Century Quotes from Teachers and Thought Leaders around the World

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Why do we love educational quotes so much? Is it the poetry, art, wit, intelligence and soul that they exude?

Or is it more about us, and how they make us feel?

I think that the best quotes feed our senses in a myriad of ways. Here are some examples to get you inspired.

These days, I’m often more inspired by quotes freshly coined by my colleagues or current thought leaders than I am by well-known quotes coming from classical literature. I think it’s because I like to be smitten by the 21st century thoughts I serendipitously stumble across while navigating the cloud. They are personal, they are real, and they are written by people like you and me, people who want to make a difference.

( Disclaimer: I’m only human and don’t have time to read everything – these are blogs or educators I’m most familiar with.)

I have decided that Oscar Wilde, William butler Yeats, and other giants in literature will have to step aside just for today so that we can appreciate the here and now. Only so much can fit in one article [*winks*].

1) Have you ever wondered about the poetic significance of online living?

Christina Ana Pratis

2) Embrace change in education

Andre Klein – “ A Mindful Guide To Online Living

3) Edupreneuring and intrepid decision –making.

Kirsten Hammes

4) Step out of your comfort zone

Shelly Terrell

5) Community building and leadership

Larry Ferlazzo

6) Best foot forward

David Deubelbeiss

7) mELTing in Activities

Carissa Peck

8 ) Integrating Activities

Online teaching twins Pin & Trippp’ from Tripppin’– fun & fascinating alter egos of Mau Buchler say

Pin and Trippp’ aka Mau Buchler

Hmm…..Mash this up, put it in the blender and let some digital natives to go on a rampage.

9) Unwrapping your mind


Nik Peachey

10) Visual learning

Kieran Donaghy

11) Comics

Bill Zimmerman

12) Listening and Empathy

Andrew Weiler

13) The nature of repetition

Scott Thornbury

14) We are the champions

Ken Wilson

15) Creativity

Quote by Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson

16) ‘Englishes’, accents and diversity.

Jason West

17) Mission statement

Kirsten Winkler

18) The rhyme and reason of disruption

Jason R Levine aka Fluency MC

19) The ultimate online circus

Fitch O’Connell

20) Making sense out of chaos: professional development with social media

Quote by Ann Foreman

Ann foreman At IATEFL and Teaching English/British Council

21) Thinking with half of your brain/left-brain dominance

George Machlan

BONUS!!!

22) Story-telling

Howard Gardner

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I am an Irish woman living on a beautiful Greek island with my Greek husband and four children, including twins, aged between nine and four. I have been teaching ESL/English for fifteen years, with experience in primary , secondary schools, language, and literacy institutes in Ireland, though the majority of my experience has been in Greece. I studied English literature and History in University before going on to take the Higher Diploma in Education, which is the teaching qualification in Ireland. After moving abroad, circumstances led me into the ESL field, which has entailed continuous professional development and opened up new interests and opportunities. My other main interests are art, writing, poetry, and psychology, which which help me to create fun quality time with my children and add colour to my language lessons. When I’m not teaching online, I’m writing course books, blogging or running my English language Facebook groups.

6 Comments

  • Reply July 2, 2013

    Theresa

    These are so beautiful! I want to frame them all and put them on my wall.

    • Reply July 2, 2013

      Sylvia Guinan

      Navleen is the artist:)

      • Reply July 3, 2013

        Nan Zingrone

        So lovely! She’s so talented. She found some super wonderful illustrations for my latest blog.

  • Reply July 3, 2013

    Chris

    Great stuff…I really enjoyed the quotes addressing adapting materials and the process of making slight, gradual transformations.

  • Reply July 3, 2013

    Nan Zingrone

    Sylvia, this blog is just stunning! I love the poetry and the art, just everything about it! Great Job!

  • Reply July 4, 2013

    Carissa

    Sylvia I always enjoy our online interactions and I am so happy to know that you get something out of them too!

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