January 2009
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.1 January 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
It’s Not What We Teach;
It’s What They Learn
"I taught a good lesson even though the students didn't learn it,” makes no more sense than "I had a big dinner even though I didn't eat anything.”

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Sounds of Students
Learning and Performing

»Six Easy Resolutions for 2009Sue Gruber
»Learning the Value of DiversityLeah Davies
»Flash Nebula is in the house! Will standardized tests detect him?Todd R. Nelson
»Teaching is an art, not a science.Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»5 Ways to Activate Your Natural Teacher CoachKioni Carter
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino

»PRINTABLE 2009 Multilingual, Multinational Calendar Tim Newlin
»Thoughts on the Use of Failure as a Teaching Technique Bill Page
»Traits of a Good TeacherAlan Haskvitz
»January 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Let's Get Started with SmartboardMarjan Glavac
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IIIHank Kellner
»Phonemic Awareness: Letting The Horse Pull The CartGrace Vyduna Haskins
»Reading Strategies: Teaching Students to VisualizeLisa Frase
»Teaching the Alphabet to Diverse LearnersHeidi Butkus
»The Metaphor Of Collaboration - What's missing from group work?Ambreen Ahmed
»A Taste of InspirationSteven Kushner
»Activities & Games for Foreign and First Language ClassesRebecca Klamert
»Four Years of High School Math and Science Should be a National PolicyStewart Brekke

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Some Rooms
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: January 2009
»January Lesson Plans Especially for Preschool, Kindergarten & Early Primary
»Video Bytes: Dr. Martin Luther King, One Minute “I have a dream” speech by Daniel Stringer, Crystal Photography – Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, FDR Fireside Chat on the Banking Crisis – March 1933, President Elect Barack Obama Reassures Americans – Thanksgiving 2008, T-Netter ron nj aka “Man of Steel” plays Sleepwalk, Big Dog Robot
»Live on Teachers.Net: January 2009
»T-Net chefs share their favorite warm-up-winter recipes
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Apple Seeds

Barb Stutesman
Archive | Biography | Resources | Discussion

Apple Seeds for January, 2009

By Barb Stutesman
Regular Feature in the Gazette
January 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 December 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!

The ornaments of our house are the friends who frequent it.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Joy is not in things; it is in us.
~ Wagner

Who gives to me teaches me to give.
~ Dutch proverb

There is no better time than Christmas to enjoy the wonders of nature, to share with others out of our abundance, and to celebrate the presence of special people in our lives.
~ unknown

We shall find peace, we shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
~ Anton Chekov

Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.
~ Gladys Taber

Christmas comes softly, silently, sweetly – wrapping its loveliness about the world . . . and once again the most beautiful message on earth is repeated: Peace on Earth, Good will toward all.
~ unknown

The gift without the giver is bare.
~ James Russell Lowell

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmastime.
~ Charles Dickens

Every time a hand reaches out to help another . . . that is Christmas.
~ unknown

Christmas . . . a season of special joy, the most beautiful time of the year.
~ Rachel Davies

Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking.
~ Patricia Clafford

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.
~ Agnes M. Pharo

When shall all people’s good be each person’s rule, and universal peace lie like a shaft of light across the land.
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s burden, easing others’ loads, and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.
~ W. C. Jones

At this special time of year: Follow the children. Hear the joy in their laughter. See the love in their eyes. Feel the hope in their touch.
~ unknown

The things we do at Christmas are touched with a certain extravagance, as beautiful, in some of its aspects, as the extravagance of nature in June.
~ Robert Collyer

There is love at Christmas because Christmas was born of love.
~ Josepha Emms

A very important part of the joy of living is the joy of giving.
~ William Buck

The winter season is a time of joy and celebration, of friends and family. It’s a time of reflection and a time for renewal, a time to share the dream of peace upon the earth and harmony among all beings.
~ Laurel Burch

Let us hear one another. Let us see one another. Let us touch one another.
~ Louise Magnuson

All the world is young at Christmastime.
~ unknown

And so we come again to Christmas, with all its color and joy, its magic and wonder, its spirit of goodwill and warmth.
~ Esther Baldwin York

Christmas is here and now for everyone who is able and willing to receive it.
~ Ida Belle McGill

If you didn’t get all the things you wanted, you can still be grateful for all the things you didn’t get that you didn’t want.
~ Michael Nolan

The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not of gifts given or received, but of the spirit of love, the cherished little habits of the home.
~ Lois Rand

Happy faces, glowing with love – the Christmas decorations we should never put away!
~ Margaret Benton

The future is in the hand of those who can give tomorrow’s generations valid reasons to live and hope.
~ Teilhard de Chardin

While we breathe, we hope.
~ Barack Obama

Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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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