Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-William Butler Yeats
One of my favorite quotes in education. Could anyone have summed it up better than Yeats? So much pressure to bang out our lessons and units and to fill the pail that Yeats refers to, but at what expense are we doing this? If we are not able to light the fire and inspire our students to love learning, our jobs become exceedingly more difficult to manage. We need to seriously take this into consideration when planning our lessons and units instead of focusing only on the content that we are required to deliver. How can we continually light the fire and inspire our students to take the risks that they need to in order to maximize their learning?