My graduate school mentor means the world to me. I could fill multiple 60-60-60 series with all that I learned from him. He guided from four pillars of philosophy. One of the pillars he evoked from this statement:
We who cut mere stone must always be envisioning cathedrals.
I always think of Dr. Pajares’ insistence on this visioning when I think of two other quotes of which I have become fond:
In the last 20 years, we have learned 90-95% of what we know about the brain.
They don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.
We teachers work on hearts and minds everyday. What if teachers were thought of as the brain and heart surgeons that we are? How would we approach our own professional learning and growth, each and everyday, if we perceived ourselves as akin to brain and heart surgeons instead of mere experts in a subject area? How might we structure our learning spaces and experiences? How might we build our teams of “operators” and support staff? How might the way in which we view ourselves change the way we work? How might the way in which we are perceived by others change the way we work?