Saturday, November 21, 2015

Words of Inspiration and Motivation

"We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more."-President Bill Clinton

"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person.  It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you.  The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."-President Bill Clinton

"We are decision makers. As adults caring for children, it is our responsibility to seek out and intentionally plan the best opportunities for children that support their over-all well being and healthy development."-Dr. Susan Bredekamp

"Developmentally appropriate practices are ways of teaching that vary for or adapt to the age and experience of the individual learner.  So fundamentally the definition has not changed. Instead, it has been expanded to include the fact that not only do you have to consider children as individuals, but you also have to consider children as members of groups with their own cultural identities." -Dr. Susan Bredekamp

"My passion now is the same as it was, maybe even greater now because children are still trying to figure out all their different identities and who other people are. They are bombarded daily by negative and positive messages on the aspects of their identity and children are learning early that their are power struggles of one identity to another. Children are learning that one identity can be seen as more powerful than others depending on their race, gender, socioeconomic status and it can hinder a child's growth of how they see themselves.."-Louise Derman-Sparks, Professor Emeritus at Pacific Oak College, CA


  1. I also feel that children are individuals and are individual learners. Children should learn at their own pace and through their interest

  2. I agree with your first quote from Bill Clinton. Our difference do make us who we are, but we can get more accomplished by realizing what we have in common. The world makes such a big deal about everyone being so different and being treated different. We should take ourselves out of equations and focus on the real issues in the world. Ones that way heavy on the future...such as the quality of education children receive.

  3. I agree with Professor Sparks. I watch my pre-k students, so young and innocent. They have no idea what the world is about to bombard them with. I taught 3rd grade and middle school, and what the world, parents, teachers, and other students can do to either build up or, unfortunately tear down a child is powerful. I need to remember this with the year I have with them!

  4. These are all great quotes! I support Bill Clinton's one team one dream. We have to work together for highest growth potential of our next generation. In this field, we as educators must have passion for our job and be open minded when dealing with families in our care.