Early in the weekend, a science teacher friend of mine, Patrick Goff, shared what he titled his Pearls of Wisdom or things he frequently says, and he encourages others to share their own. So...here are mine, and I hope you might also share yours. Regardless of your role in education (teacher, parent, administrator, community member, etc) this is an interesting way to capture what you find yourself saying most frequently.
1. Remember to convey purpose in instruction.
2. Students are more than a score.
3. Stop the test prep!
4. We need more creativity in schools.
5. Student choice and interest are vital for making learning meaningful.
6. Do your best.
7. Do you use Twitter to connect to other people in education?
8. Have you thought about blogging?
9. Why is this important?
10. I'm interested in equity and excellence.
What about you--what are your most stated phrases?