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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.2 February 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within
To inquire into what underlies the idea of self-discipline is to uncover serious misconceptions about motivation and personality, controversial assumptions about human nature, and disturbing implications regarding how things are arranged in a classroom or a society.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
To Be an Effective Teacher
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»Do You Have a Student Teacher?Hal Portner
»Test-taking Skills Made EasySue Gruber
»Teaching Children Refusal SkillsLeah Davies
»How to Be ConsistentMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»What Side of the Box are YOU On?Kioni Carter
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino

»Teacher Study Groups: Taking the “Risk” out of “At-Risk”Bill Page
»Can Anyone Learn to Draw?Tim Newlin
»The Heart of Mathematical ThinkingLaura Candler
»Finding Free Art Materials in Your CommunityMarilyn J. Brackney
»The Downside of Good Test ScoresAlan Haskvitz
»February 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»In The Middle School (poem)James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IVHank Kellner
»Teacher Performance AssessmentPanamalai R. Guruprasad
»How To Help Victims Of Bullying: Advice For Parents & EducatorsKathy Noll
»Unwilling Student Meets Unwavering Teacher Lauren Romano
»Notes from The JungleJohn Price
»Lead the Class - Teachers as Leaders John Sweeting
»Opposing Views of a Post-Racial SocietyRoland Laird
»Who Really Needs Four Years of Math and Science? Steve A. Davidson

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Carol Goodrow’s “Healthy-Ever-After” Children’s Books
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Memo to the New Secretary of Education and
John Stossel: American students are NOT stupid
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: February 2009
»All of the Presidents in Under 2 Minutes!, Needle Sized Art, I Am a Teacher!, How It’s Made: Copy paper, and If My Nose Was Runnin’ Money
»Live on Teachers.Net: February 2009
»T-Netters Share Favorite Recipes
»Technology in the Art Classroom
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story by Alfie Kohn

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Apple Seeds

Barb Stutesman
Archive | Biography | Resources | Discussion

Apple Seeds for February, 2009

By Barb Stutesman
Regular Feature in the Gazette
February 1, 2009

Every morning Barb/MI posts an inspiring or thought-provoking quotation selected especially for educators, referred to as an "Apple Seed," on the main chatboard. The "Apple Seeds" she posted during the month of January are compiled here...

Be sure to use the Printable link following this list to print out an attractive poster worthy of sharing with teachers and school administrators, and to file for use as a reference tool whenever you need a great quotation!

No one ever regarded the first day of January with indifference.
~ Charles Lamb

People who matter most are most aware that everyone else does, too.
~ Malcolm Forbes

The only thing that makes one person more attractive than another is the quality of her/his heart.
~ Sarah Takasumi

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
~ William James

To know even one life has breathed more easily because you have lived: that is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The bravest sight in all this world is someone fighting against the odds.
~ Franklin Lane

Self-esteem is not something you can give; it’s something people have to build.
~ Randy Pausch

The world knows very little about its heroes. The courageous acts that take the most out of you are usually the ones that other people will never know about.
~ Anne Tyler

There is only one you. Don’t you dare change just because you’re outnumbered.
~ Charles Swindoll

To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best to make you like everybody else is to fight the hardest battle you can fight – but never stop fighting.
~ E. E. Cummings

If you insist on measuring yourself, put the tape around your heart rather than your head.
~ Carol Trabelle

One person can make a difference, and every person must try.
~ John F. Kennedy

We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to someone, too.
~ Helen Hayes

The really important “head fake” is the one that teaches people things they don’t realize they’re learning until well into the process.
~ Randy Pausch

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
~ Helen Keller

When it comes to doing good things for others, some people sill stop at nothing.
~ Dale Turner

Your heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.
~ Noel Langley

Each time you stand up for an ideal, you send out a tiny ripple of hope.
~ Robert F. Kennedy

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
~ Barack Obama

The reason clichés are repeated so often is because they’re so often right on the money.
~ Randy Pausch

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
~ Elizabeth Bibesco

There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere – and leaving it behind them when they go.
~ Faber

The measure of life is not its duration but its donation.
~ Peter Marshall

We are not here merely to make a living, but to enrich the world with a finer spirit of hope and achievement – and we impoverish ourselves if we forget the errand.
~ Woodrow Wilson

Changing one small thing for the better is worth more than proving a thousand people wrong.
~ Anthony Pivec

Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.
~ Gerry Sikorski

At times, we’re all living in an I Love Lucy episode.
~ Randy Pausch

If we won’t be better tomorrow than we were today, then what do we need tomorrow for?
~ Rabbi Nahman

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
~ Walt Disney

Success is a child of audacity.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Printable "Apple Seeds" in pdf format

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About Barb Stutesman...

Barb is a 40-year veteran high school Language Arts teacher. She is also a 24-year veteran part-time radio announcer / engineer and, in her spare (?) time, dabbles in theatre. She serves as secretary of both her community theatre and local Lions Club. Barb began collecting Apple Seeds as an assignment for a high school class over fifty years ago.

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