Our View: Words of others offer great lessons

Published 8:05 am Friday, February 17, 2017

Julie Hale, a fifth-grade social studies teacher at Baker Intermediate, is instilling valuable lessons in her students through the words of others.

The teacher is using quotes from famous people to get her students to think about their own actions and the actions of their classmates.

Hale got the idea for a weekly exercise called “keep the quote” from another teacher she follows on Instagram.

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This is how it works.

Each week she writes a new quote on a piece of paper and displays it in the classroom. The students read the quote each week, discuss its meaning and are challenged to live up to the message.

At the beginning of the next week, the students nominate and vote for who among them best embodies the spirit of the quote during the week. Hale then chooses a winner and the winner gets to take the quote home.

We love this concept and applaud Hale for the creative approach to teaching her students about others and themselves.

So, we decided to share some quotes we thought would be fitting lessons.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” — Dr. Seuss

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

“Don’t expect your friend to be a perfect person. But, help your friend to become a perfect person. That is true friendship!” — Mother Teresa

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. ” — Albert Einstein

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” — Henry Ford

The most valuable lessons often come simply from showing that everything is possible. Julie Hale is doing her part, and her students will be better for it.