Achievement - The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo
A preoccupation with achievement is not only different from, but often detrimental to, a focus on learning. Thoughts and emotions while performing an action are more important in determining subsequent engagement than the actual outcome of that action. Alfie Kohn
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. C. W. Ceran
Maximum difficulty isn’t the same as optimal difficulty. Alfie Kohn
Success is mine when I work my hardest to become my best, and I alone determine whether I do so. John Woode
Paradoxically, if you erase success from your mind, you are more likely to be successful. GS
Educational success should be measured by how strong your desire is to keep learning. Alfie Kohn
John Dewey insisted that education should be seen as a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Character is how you react to things. Reputation is what people say you are. John Wooden
Adversity - There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli
Artistic Greatness - Being your best when your best is needed. The ability to enjoy challenges when things become difficult and to derive exhilaration from them. John Wooden
Aristotle - We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily. Jim Tressel
Assessment - Assessments should compare the performance of students to a set of expectations, never to the performance of other students. Alfie Kohn.
Grades are a subjective rating masquerading as an objective evaluation. Alfie Kohn
We learn most readily, most naturally, most effectively, when we start with the big picture – precisely when the basics don’t come first. Alfie Kohn
In reference to right answers - Knowing is a process, not a product. Jerome Burner
We have so much to cover and so little time to cover it. Howard Gardner refers to curriculum coverage as the single greatest enemy of understanding. Think instead about ideas to be discovered. Alfie Kohn
What is wrong with encouraging students to put “how well they’re doing” ahead of “what they’re doing.” An impressive and growing body of research suggests that this emphasis (1) undermines students’ interest in learning, (2) makes failure seem overwhelming, (3) leads students to avoid challenging themselves, (4) reduces the quality of learning, and (5) invites students to think about how smart they are instead of how hard they tried. Alfie Kohn
No one is an overachiever. How can you rise above your level of competency? Everyone is an underachiever to different degrees. The harder you work, the more luck you will have. John Wooden
Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you should have accomplished with your abilities. Past success does not guarantee future success. John Wooden
Jerome Bruner said that we should try to create an environment where students can experience success and failure not as reward and punishment, but as information.
Attitude - Transform each negative thought into a positive one; for only we choose our thoughts. GS
Each problem is an opportunity in disguise. Wayne Dyer.
Your attitude is a choice. John Maxwell
There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you. John Wooden
There are different kinds of motivation, and the kind matters more than the amount. Alfie Kohn regarding intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation
A passion for learning…isn’t something you have to inspire with; it’s something you have to keep from extinguishing. Deborah Meier
Social psychology has found the more you reward people for doing something, the more they tend to lose interest in whatever they had to do to get the reward. Alfie Kohn
- Relaxed awareness, not effort, is what brings success. Mirka KnasterAwareness
My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am. Maureen Cook.
To be aware is the unity of knowing and doing. Seymour Kleinman.
When we truly sense what we are doing, that’s when we have a choice, that’s where change takes place. Sandra Bain Cushman
Mastery is the natural result of mindfulness. Ron Kurtz.
The intention of each lesson is getting you to recognize what you’re doing, kinesthetically. Once you’re conscious of it, you then can choose whether to continue doing the same thing or not. F. M. Alexander.
Certainty - Certainty abolishes hope, and robs us of renewal. Neil Postman
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln
Cooperation – To get cooperation, you must give cooperation. Always seek to find the best way rather than insisting on your own way. John Wooden
Concentration comes not from trying hard to focus on something, but from keeping your mind open and directing it at nothing. Suzuki Roshi
Being fully present in each and every moment. Jim Tressel
Confidence - Poise and confidence are not possible unless you have prepared correctly. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Poise and confidence are a natural result of proper preparation. John Wooden
Contentment - The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with you opinions and content with you knowledge. Elbert Hubbard
An educated mind is practiced in the uses of reason, which inevitably leads to a skeptical outlook. Neil PostmanCritical thinking -
Criticism – The purpose is to help, to prevent, to correct, to improve, rather than to punish. Criticism is not meant to punish, but rather to correct something that is preventing better results. The only goal is improvement. John Wooden
If we were humble, nothing would change us--neither praise nor discouragement. Mother Teresa
An artist who lacks the power of self-criticism accomplishes but little. It is good if your work stands higher than your own opinion of it; bad if it is on the same level. But it is a great disaster if your work stands lower than your judgment of it. Leonardo da Vinci
Education - The very essence of school is elitism. Schools exist to teach, to test, to rank hierachically, to promote the idea that knowing and understanding more is better than knowing and understanding less. William A. Henry III
Education of the body - The essence of education is the education of the body. Benjamin Disreali.
Ironically, we are all too often educated out of rather than in to an awareness of the body. Jean Houston.
Matter over mind is just as valid as mind over matter. Mirka Knaster
Fairness - Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn’t mean treating everyone alike. That is unfair, because everyone doesn’t earn the same treatment. John Wooden
The fact is that some people are better than others – smarter, harder working, more learned, more productive, harder to replace. William A. Henry III
Opportunity does not need to be exactly equal. It needs only to exist. For the talented and motivated, that will be enough…The vital thing is not to maximize everyone’s performance, but to ensure maximal performance from the most talented, the ones who can make a difference. William A. Henry III
There is nothing so unequal as the equal treatment of students of unequal potential. Plato
Goals - Goals should be difficult to achieve because those achieved with little effort are seldom appreciated, give little personal satisfaction, and are often not very worthwhile. There is a price to be paid for achieving anything of significance. John Wooden
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. Tao Te Ching
Success is a journey, not a destination. Ben Sweetland.
Replace end-gaining with being inclined to see what unfolds. Mirka Knaster.
Patience is power. Chinese proverb.
Initiative - Having the courage to make decisions and take action. Never be afraid to fail. You have nothing to fear if you have prepared to the best of your ability. John Wooden
I believe that when we write things down, we being the process of activating the fundamentals in our lives. Jim Tressel
Learning is discovering that somethinkg is possible. Fritz Perls
Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. GS.
Management - Teaching requires the consent of students, and discontent will not be chased away by the exercise of power. John Nicholls
The whole art of government consist in the art of being honest. Thomas Jefferson
Mistakes - No mistakes, no experience; no experience, no wisdom. Stanley Godstein
Music fundamentals - The simplest things in music are the ones that count. The simplest thing are, of course, also the most difficult to achieve and take years of work. Pablo Casals
Persistence - Everything that happens--good and bad--should motivate you to be persistent. Jim Tressel
Poise - Being yourself; not acting. You therefore can function near your own level of competence. Satisfy you own expectations rather than those of others. John Wooden
Practice - The two difficult things about practicing are getting started and not stopping. GS
Pressure – All that matters is the pressure you put on yourself. External pressures cause people to choke. While you can’t control what happens to you, you can control how you react. John Wooden
You can respect a person without necessarily liking that individual. John Wooden
Skill – Ability to execute a task quickly and properly - your technique. I would much rather have a lot of skill and little experience than a lot of experience and a little skill. John Wooden
The SAT is useless for evaluating changes in academic performance, and any educator, journalist, or politician who uses SAT results as an index of change in educational achievement does so in ignorance or for reasons that must be considered suspect. Michael Kibby Standardized testing -
Students who ace these tests are often those who are least interested in learning and most superficially engaged in what they are doing. Alfie Kohn
Strength – Tension - Movement
Strength that has effort in it is not what you need; you need the strength that is the result of ease. Ida Rolf
The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast. Tao Te Ching
The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail. Tao Te Ching.
Every muscular rigidity contains the history and the meaning of its origin. Wilhelm Reich.
Any activity that is learned with excessive tension always will be carried out with excessive tension, and any change predicated on tension can lead only to more tension. Judith Leibowitz.
The only thing permanent about behavior patterns is our belief that they are so. Moshe Fedenkrais.
Movements are expressions of people’s beliefs about and strategies for handling themselves and the world. Paul Linden
Success There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen. Wayne Dyer
Your circumstances do not determine what your life will be; they reveal what kinds of images you have chosen up until now. Wayne Dyer.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Dalai Lama
Talent is the ability to persistently act on a passion for a particular subject.GS
Teaching - They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Jim Tressel
Teamwork - TEAM - Together, Everyone, Achieves, More - Jim Tressel
A gifted player, who is not a team player, will ultimately hurt the team. John Wooden
Before a vision (dream) can become a reality, it must be owned by every member of the group. Phil Jackson
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender to “me” for the “we”. Phil Jackson
The sign of a great player is how much he elevates his colleagues’ performance. Phil Jackson
Being a team player should not imply a demand for simple obedience and conformity. Alfie Kohn
Teamwork is not a matter of persuading people to set aside personal ambitions for the greater good. It’s a matter of recognizing that your personal ambitions and the ambitions of the team are one and the same. Pat Summitt
Great teams have two vital ingredients: love for one another and discipline. Dr. Pat "Doc" Spurgeon
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success. Henry Ford
There is no delight in owning anything unshared. Seneca
You do not come to rehearsal to learn your part, you come to learn everyone else’s. John Venesky
Technique is the immediate and precise response of the body to directives sent out by the mind. Ivan Galamian
Time management - Watching television requires no skills and develops no skills. That is why there is no such thing as remedial television-watching. Neil Postman.
Visualization Nothing happens but unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg.
Work. Albert Einstein – three rules of work
1. Out of clutter, find simplicity
2. From discord, find harmony
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
The journey is the reward. Chinese proverb.
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best. Michael Jord