Lighting of a Fire

William Butler Yeats once said “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

This statement makes me think of our most difficult students and what we do to keep them engaged in the learning process. Although, not an easy task at times, it is OUR responsibility to reach EVERY student.

Think about your most difficult students. What are you doing to capture them? How are you trying to motivate them?



Maria Montessori once said “The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”

This is a powerful statement, in and of itself. What kinds of opportunities are your providing for your students in order for them to reach this high level of student engagement and/or independence?

There is no Limit

Mary Kay Ash once said, “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” 

Think about the limits you set on yourself.  What are some ways that you might be able to stretch those limits?  Take some time this week and/or this month to stretch your mind.   Share your results with a colleague or supervisor.



The Best

The best teachers show you where to look but do not tell you what to see.

Do you consider yourself to be the best? What are you doing to help your students reach their academic goals? What are you doing to ensure academic proficiency for each and every one of your students?