Welcome to 2021! It's already been a year, and it's only January 11th. I took some time, and by some I mean a LOT of time away from a great number of things at the end of 2020. I have been looking around and carefully considering what I want to pick back up for the new year. With that in mind, I am introducing SEASON THREE of Curious Quotes, Points to Ponder, and Inspiring Insights. This season focus on Universal Themes & Generalizations. I imagine that many of you are familiar with the concept and probably already employ this strategy in your learning environment. My hope here is that this will be of some benefit to you and your students.
For the next 11 weeks, I will be posting a new set of slides on the weekly Universal Theme. Here's the schedule!
JAN 11 - Change
JAN 18 - Conflict
JAN 25 - Exploration
FEB 01 - Force or Influence
FEB 08 - Order vs. Chaos
FEB 15 - Patterns
FEB 22 - Power
MAR 01 - Structure
MAR 08 - Systems
MAR 15 - Relationships
MAR 22 - Adaptation
MAR 29 - March Madness Begins!!!
With each set of Curious Quotes, I will also present the standard list of Generalizations for each Universal Theme.
I always love a quotation from a Greek philosopher, and Heraclitus is PRE Socrates! There's a good deal to ponder related to many of his ideas. I really like this quote because it is short and simple. I used the Trajan Pro font because I wanted it to look engraved.
Honestly, when thinking about quotes about change, this one from David Bowie's song Changes was the first one that came to mind. This was also the last slide that I finished for this set. There were many alternate versions of this one. I just could not find the right image. I finally came across this simply spectacular Halloween costume. It fit with the "children" part of the quote. Consider how this quote applies to various youth movements in the past and present.
Speaking of children leading us, this flows nicely into this often used quote from Malala Yousafzai. With "the kids these days" in mind, I decided to go full on emoji with this one. I like using the emoji keyboard because it is really easy to resize along with the text. Ask your kids what they are doing to change the world and how you can help them.
Perhaps one day in the future then the Dune film will finally be released. Until then, we have this quote from the Frank Herbert classic novel. As a lover of book covers, I went with this image of the original 1965 book jacket. It leaves a great deal to the imagination. This quote is a bit more complex than the others. Consider how it is different than the others in the list.
We close out this first set of Universal Themes quotes with this from President Barack Obama. I like this as a companion to the quote often attributed to Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Quote Investigator has something to say about this! I took this photo at the National Portrait Gallery's America's President Exhibit. I have always been a huge fan of this exhibit and the Obama portrait is a stunning work of art regardless of your politics.
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE? VOTE and let your voice be heard!
This will all lead up to a March Madness event, where your votes will select the CHAMPION of Curious Quotes for this Season.
Since these themes are "universal", let's just say that there tends to be no shortage of quotes on the subject. Do you have a favorite quote about change? Please share it in the comment section below!
If you use any of these slides in your learning environment, I would love to hear how it went.