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I began following this blog recently and it has many great quotes.

Einstein is one of my favourite sources for quotes. When I taught, I had a poster in the classroom with this quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

One day, a student asked who the person in the poster was. I replied that it was my dad. Another student said that could not be true. I answered that we both had wild hair and were eccentric. A third student pointed out Einstein’s name on the poster, but from that time on, students always asked which dad I talked about when I said something about my dad. It was a great way to teach about literal and figurative ideas.

Being present includes responding reflexively in appropriate ways. Listening to others mindfully, I can respond properly. When I began to teach, I found it hard to do that, often tripping up, saying the wrong thing, and sometimes nothing at all. With experience, I grew and became more effective, listening carefully to what others had to say.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

13 responses »

  1. It sounds as though you cultivated a more relaxed than rigid classroom. That must have made it easier for your pupils to learn.

  2. The wise wear wisdom well, congratulations!

  3. the things we teach kids. lol –

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  5. Thanks for this Ivon. Forgive me as I share how I can relate to all of this: the quote, your anecdote, and reflection of how this relates to your pedagogy to listen and be mindful. In so much of life, we are and have the capacity to be teachers (formal or otherwise). And strikes me that in both my formal and informal roles, the thing that has guided me to be my own best in each is to be my authentic self. And when I read Einstein’s words, I’m also struck that he’s saying something similar — “knowledge” being something external; imagination being internal derived from trusting our authentic selves.

    Thanks for giving me a(nother) chance to pause and reflect today. 🙂


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