"If teachers wish someone else would teach certain students, or if they express the belief that some students are incapable of succeeding in the class, what is the likelihood that they are continuing to problem solve to help these students succeed?"
"Because all students are different, classrooms need many options to facilitate student learning"
"The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity."
"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
"Passion comes from within each of us; it cannot be imposed or mandated from outside. At the same time, it compels us to move outside, to engage with the world around us."
"It was discovered that the preschool years are the critical, they are the most fundamental period when in fact children are noticing who they are and are noticing the attitudes and stereotypes and the discomforts and positive messages about their skin color, their racial identity, their ethnic identity and so on."
"We as professionals in the early childhood field have an opportunity to shape a child's life for the better."
"I'm not here to save the world, I'm here just to make a difference in the community that I'm working."
Out of all of the quotes above I think the one that sticks out to me the most is Raymond Hernandez's quote. Sometimes when we start thinking through new ideas we want to change everything and everyone, but we need to remember that we really need to focus on the kids and people that we have a direct impact on.
What is your favorite quote about early childhood?