The Smart Things People Said at Teachers College

I spent a week being inspired at Teachers College in NYC and while I wish I could report on every thing that was said there, I thought I would just share some of the more memorable quotes I heard throughout the week.

Rub a fiction book and a nonfiction book together and create a spark – K. Bohne Holder

We must create the counter narrative to education – Lucy Calkins

Kids should be reading books created by authors, not by corporations – Lucy Calkins

Look for the beauty in your colleagues’ rooms and then share it with the world – Lucy Calkins

The most effective feedback is what students tell us through action, words, and products and then using that to change our instruction – Chris Lehman

Reading fiction allows us to be what we never could be – Kylene Beers

Let me tell you what happens when we give a kid a text that is too hard; it is too hard, that is what happens – Kylene Beers

We confuse decoding with reading – Kathleen Tolan

Regurgitation does not equal understanding – Kathleen Tolan

Book clubs are not shares, they are conversations – Kathleen Tolan

We can over-manage kids into not speaking during our reading conversations – Kathleen Tolan

My job as an author is to get readers to turn pages – Christopher Paul Curtis

Don’t let anything come between you and your love of teaching – Kathy Collins

If you have the capability to doubt, you also have the capability to wonder – Kate Roberts

I am a passionate 5th grade teacher in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  First book “The Passionate Learner – Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today” will be released this fall from PLPress.   Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.

9 thoughts on “The Smart Things People Said at Teachers College

  1. All too often, I've parsed out my week at TC by quoting people in different blog posts. I'm inspired to put together a post like this (hopefully based off of Tweets I capture during the August Writing Institute) one this year.

  2. Wow. Wish I had been there. So many of those quotes resonate, from creating a counter culture to not allowing publishers to decide what are children are reading. Thank you for sharing.

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