Great quotes from the 2010 Reform Symposium

This wonderful free online conference is focused on innovative practices in education and what role these practices can play in educational reform. Check out the great speakers and a big cyber clap to all the volunteers that make this conference possible. I would like to thank Shelly Terrell @shellterrell for her unconditional support and inspiring job through the whole conference.

Take a look at the fantastic Google Doc full of resources shared throughout the  conference

I was able to summarize the most important quotes shared via Twitter that took place today. Enjoy them!!!

“Teach kids first, curriculum 2nd” @gcouros

“Relationships central to everything we do.” @gcouros

Change…”just b/c we have schools, doesn’t mean we have education”

Play and Learn (GAMES) Mind Map resources by @busynessgirl

Fun is the act of mentally mastering a problem, fun is learning pres by @busynessgirl

Where do we want our students’ brain to be? @busynessgirl

Bloom’s Taxonomy According to Pirates of the Caribbean

Theory of Fun shared by @busynessgirl

Boredom means there are no new patterns to discover @busynessgirl

Research used to be a closed environment btw student & teacher. Digital tools have allowed us to break boundaries & collaborate.

We need to stand in front of students NOT as a master teacher, but as a MASTER LEARNER – Cel Foster

It is important to have fun with students.Teachers who do not see teaching as fun need to get a new career.via HootSuite

Have kids annotate what is worth talking about not just facts via Seesmi

Where do we want our students’ brain to be? @busynessgirl

Boredom means there are no new patterns to discover @busynessgirl

We “tell” students how to do things rather than how to think independently. “Playing to Learn”

“Technology is making ‘content’ irrelevant. It’s what you’re able to do with content that ‘s important.”

We’re preparing our students for the future, for jobs that do not exist right now via Kevin Creutz

Most important goal: help students (teachers, and admins as well) become lifelong learners. -Kevin Creutz

Research used to be a closed environment btw student & teacher. Digital tools have allowed us to break boundaries & collaborate.

Tagging is one way of moving from remembering to the understanding level (Bloom’s)

The right tool for the purpose is v important

“It’s not about the tools, it’s using the tools to facilitate learning.” Andrew Churches

If you develop a trusting relationship with your mentee, it’s going to take you far. @teachingwthsoul

New teachers need to get parents on their side.

Have fun! Get excited about your lessons. Ignore negativity from peers @flourishingkids

Look 4 student’s strengths & build on them via @flourishingkids @ #rscon10 So important 2 treat each learner as a unique individual!

Try to find something you love about every student, especially the challenging ones.

Assessment should be authentic and equitable.

“Equity means giving kids what they need. It does not mean equal”

“Know your limits, guided by your philosophy” @flourishingkids

The limitations of the medium are what make it powerful.

“Backchanneling allows the shy student a voice.” @rmbyrne

Backchanneling engages students, limits how often class interrupted, gives shy students a way to ask questions.

Backchannels can share information outside of small groups to larger groups. Allows more thoughts and ideas.

“Backchannel in the classroom gives the students the opportunity to share their ideas as soon as they have them” @rmbyrne

I think there are still so many educators who need to be reformed and get into the 21st century. Unfortunately ..

@alexgfrancisco “Be the rain-“the key words. We,teacher,should be the rain that makes kids to flourish

Control me and you can hold me accountable. Trust me & provide me with freedom and you empower me to be responsible.

Nothing motivates us more than success. (All of us Teachers & STUDENTS) @alexgfrancisco

Use technology to lead, show new perspectives, and to connect learning opportunities.

“Any teacher that can be replaced by technology, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

Give your students space to make it personal by @alexgfrancisco

The future of teaching is learning! @Alexgfrancisco We have to become the learner!

Goals shouldn’t really be about tech making teaching easier – should be about enriching learning process

“Machines are easy; People are the hard part” @alexgfrancisco

” If kids can’t learn the way we teach, perhaps we should teach the way kids learn.” Ignacio Estrada



  1. Dearest Jen,
    You are rock! As usual you are full of enthusiasm and good ideas sharing them with the world. Thanks a lot. This is an ever-living source of wisdom.

    {{{{BIG HUG}}}}}

  2. Dear Nina,

    Thank you so much for your sweet words!! They mean a lot to me 🙂 I am glad to know that you found the blog post interesting. There are many wonderful quotes and many things to change in our daily teaching classroom.

    A big warm kiss

  3. I am new to Twitter and stumbled onto the Reform Symposium as I was getting acquainted with it. It was an extraordinary experience. These quotes are wonderful and I will give them some further pondering now they are in this great collection!

  4. Dear Jen,
    thank you very much for sharing – enjoyed checking out and bookmarking the links from your post.
    A tight hug,

  5. Thank you so much for collecting all of these quotes and conversations Jen! The weekend was an amazing one, I’ll second your kudos for Shelly, she is a rock star! I am still listening my way through all of the sessions.

  6. Hi,
    Can you tell me more about the speaker of the last quote? It’s wonderful. I lifted it from a friend’s facebook status and want to learn more about the speaker, but can’t find anything about him.

    Many thanks.

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