One of the posts in my Drafts said ‘Quotes’. I remembered about it when we had agreed on a topic for the coming Reflective Practice Group Global meeting this weekend, kindly suggested by one of the members: ‘reflecting on the sayings, quotes, aphorisms we love and use as a life/teaching philosophy’. We will bring 5-10 great quotes from the books we read or trainings we attended and share how they direct our thinking. (Burak, I love the idea!)
In my attempt to
procrastinate do the homework and select some statements to share in the meeting, I was thinking if I have a set of statements that reflect my living/teaching philosophy. At first, I was sure I did not. I then started noticing my little notes around the working desk, in the room, in my journals, in various files, on some pieces of paper… well, it looks I have them, keep them, and from time to time, re-visit them in an attempt to reflect.
The listicle/bullet point-style post below is the old one with some classroom/training ideas for the quotations, but the examples I will use will be the ones that came to mind/sight now. Hopefully, will catch two birds with one stone. So…
Ideas to use with ONE specific quote:
What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi
- creating ‘response questions‘ for students to discuss or asking students to come up with their own ‘response questions’ to a quote
- listing (or drawing) associations with the quotes
- researching interesting facts about the author
- fact-checking (whether or not the author really said that)
- tell a story of this quote (have never tried it in class, but it struck me today how some of the lines I wrote in my old notebooks years ago can remind me about the person who I heard it from, the circumstances, the context, and many more details)
Ideas to use with a SET of quotes on a topic
- selecting which quote from the list ‘speaks’ to you right now
- choosing a quote best describing you in the past (1? 3? 5?, etc. years ago)
- who this quote could describe (a friend, family member, teacher, famous person, etc.)
5-10 minute activities
- [Teacher or Students] choose/bring 1-2 quotes that work (best/worst) for today’s lesson topic, explain why.
- Choose one quote from a list you disagree with the most, explain why.
- Guess the lesson/unit topic from the quotes brought by the teacher
- Guessing/Predicting (when possible, do it offline, or ask not to do any search for 5 min or so): Who do you think said this? Why did s/he think so? (Similar examples: In your opinion, is/was the author male or female? What was the author’s job? Where did the author live? At what century?, etc.)
- ‘Quotes in your life’ Discussion: answering questions in pairs or trios, e.g. Do you (ever)…? (e.g., write quotes down in your journal? (Re-) Share them via Social Media? Put them up on you desk?)
- DIY, or letting students create a task/question/prompt on the quote(s) for the others.
- Quotes Journal is asking students to make notes for a couple of days or so, answering such questions as What quotes drew your attention today/this week? Why do you think the idea/thought was important for you at that moment? What or who did it remind you of? What lesson does it teach you? What does it tell you about your own values/beliefs/motivation?, etc.
Some of my examples I collected in the past few days:
- Personally, I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. – Winston Churchill
- “Failure is a bruise, NOT a tattoo.” – Jon Sinclair.
- Your mind is your prison when you focus on your fear. – Tim Fargo.
In the old draft, my post ended with a question (to self?) whether I see it possible to create a whole lesson out of one specific quote, and although I did not have a chance to test that idea, I think it is, especially keeping the principles of Teaching Unplugged in mind: being conversation driven, materials light, and focused on emergent language.
Over to you, dear readers:
- Do You use various quotes in your classroom? If yes, how, when, why?
- What are your ‘key quotations’ these days? In what way(s) do they help you in teaching, learning and living?