“Our first question should be, “What do children need?” … followed immediately by “How can we meet those needs?” From this point of departure we will end up in a very different place than if we had begun by asking, “How do I get children to do what I want?”  Alfie Kohn

“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning.  Observe carefully what children do and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”  Loris Malaguzzi

“If the child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder, 1965

“Children are miracles.  We must remember it is our job; To create, with reverence and gratitude, a space that is worthy of a miracle.” Anita Rui Olds

“Learning is experience. The rest is information.” Einstein

“When teachers are intellectually engaged, side by side with the children in their pursuits, we see more clearly their lively minds at work, and respond in ways that enhance their identity as serious thinkers and learners.” Deb Curtis

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