21 Twenty-First Century Quotes from Teachers and Thought Leaders around the World

21 Twenty-First Century Quotes from Teachers and Thought Leaders around the World

Why do we love educational quotes so much? Is it the poetry, art, wit, intelligence and soul that they exude?

Or is it more about us, and how they make us feel?

I think that the best quotes feed our senses in a myriad of ways. Here are some examples to get you inspired.

These days, I’m often more inspired by quotes freshly coined by my colleagues or current thought leaders than I am by well-known quotes coming from classical literature. I think it’s because I like to be smitten by the 21st century thoughts I serendipitously stumble across while navigating the cloud. They are personal, they are real, and they are written by people like you and me, people who want to make a difference.

( Disclaimer: I’m only human and don’t have time to read everything – these are blogs or educators I’m most familiar with.)

I have decided that Oscar Wilde, William butler Yeats, and other giants in literature will have to step aside just for today so that we can appreciate the here and now. Only so much can fit in one article [*winks*].

1) Have you ever wondered about the poetic significance of online living?

Christina Ana Pratis

2) Embrace change in education

Andre Klein – “ A Mindful Guide To Online Living

3) Edupreneuring and intrepid decision –making.

Kirsten Hammes

4) Step out of your comfort zone

Shelly Terrell

5) Community building and leadership

Larry Ferlazzo

6) Best foot forward

David Deubelbeiss

7) mELTing in Activities

Carissa Peck

8 ) Integrating Activities

Online teaching twins Pin & Trippp’ from Tripppin’– fun & fascinating alter egos of Mau Buchler say

Pin and Trippp’ aka Mau Buchler

Hmm…..Mash this up, put it in the blender and let some digital natives to go on a rampage.

9) Unwrapping your mind

Nik Peachey

10) Visual learning

Kieran Donaghy

11) Comics

Bill Zimmerman

12) Listening and Empathy

Andrew Weiler

13) The nature of repetition

Scott Thornbury

14) We are the champions

Ken Wilson

15) Creativity

Quote by Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson

16) ‘Englishes’, accents and diversity.

Jason West

17) Mission statement

Kirsten Winkler

18) The rhyme and reason of disruption

Jason R Levine aka Fluency MC

19) The ultimate online circus

Fitch O’Connell

20) Making sense out of chaos: professional development with social media

Quote by Ann Foreman

Ann foreman At IATEFL and Teaching English/British Council

21) Thinking with half of your brain/left-brain dominance

George Machlan


22) Story-telling

Howard Gardner



is an online English teacher, writer and blogger who facilitates professional development online. She uses brain-friendly techniques to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials, develops courses, writes resource papers and publishes ebooks. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology.


  1. Carissa Says: July 4, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Sylvia I always enjoy our online interactions and I am so happy to know that you get something out of them too!

  2. Sylvia, this blog is just stunning! I love the poetry and the art, just everything about it! Great Job!

  3. Great stuff…I really enjoyed the quotes addressing adapting materials and the process of making slight, gradual transformations.

  4. Theresa Says: July 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    These are so beautiful! I want to frame them all and put them on my wall.

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