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I was not the first to point this out. Unfortunately, I will not be the last.

I cannot remember when I first started using this phrase: We have 21st century learners taught by 20th century teachers in 19th century classrooms. I can point to one of my keynote slides that someone put on Pinterest.

Searching my Google Presentations, I found a keynote slide in 2016, another keynote slide in 2014, and a presentation for a Google event in 2012.

I will stop saying this the day it no longer is true. In the mean time, I offer a slightly different quote.

We still have 21st century learners taught by 20th century teachers in 19th century classrooms.

I read this recent tweet and decided to make an image quote out of some of it.

The eyes see and the ears hear what’s already in the mind. Our perception becomes our reality. Sometimes learning is the easy part. It’s the unlearning that’s hard. — Amy Fast

Unlearning is hard. With older learners, unlearning is often prerequisite to learning. Old habits die hard, if at all. You must break before you can make.

In edu-speak, we might point out the importance of deconstructing before constructing. If we encourage learners to build on the wrong foundations or with questionable materials, we are at fault for rushing with the building instead of starting with the tedious work of deconstructing.

I like collecting quotes. When I was an undergraduate and later on a student teacher, I used to write them down in a book of thoughts. Now I collect them in Evernote.

Recently I watched an episode of House of Cards where a protagonist read out an inscription on the back of a watch:

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

I Googled the phrase and found that it was attributed to Winston Churchill.

How apt. And since we can never be perfect, we have to keep on changing for the better.

I like this quote by Arthur Ashe as shared by @rwootenitis.

Over the last two semesters, I have used the strategy of concluding my courses for inservice teachers with a call to action on technology integration.

I tell them to do what they can with what they have instead of whining and whinging about what they do not have or what holds them back.

I tell them about educators I have worked with elsewhere in the world who do not have what we have in Singapore, but do disproportionately more with the little they have.

If it is not enough to inspire you to change, I will resort to shaming you to do it!

Some have the last line of this quote as: The LEADER adjusts the sails.

I am an optimistic realist. In my field, I have a good sense of where the winds of change are blowing and I make adjustments where I can.

But I also know that I do not have to rely on the wind if I have a powered ship.

It is my birthday today. Bless serendipity, I came across this quote:

You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

This is practically my mantra. I am all for looking back and reflecting. But I you can only go forward by moving forward, one mistake at a time. Onward, ho!

I follow iWise on Twitter because I like quotable quotes. Here is a tweet from yesterday:

I respond to the light because I do not like jumping in the heat. Unfortunately, responding to the light often means generating a fair bit of heat for others in my wake.

The best way to respond to the light and not feel the heat is to learn constantly. The process might feel like you are trying to develop attention deficit disorder, but important themes do emerge if you stop and reflect on some of that light.

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