2014 Student-Created Quotes

2014 Submit-A-Quote Winners

1st Place
Don’t make fun of others.
God didn’t laugh when he made you.
>Flor Galindo<
4th Grade, Salinas Elementary, SBCUSD

2nd Place
The darkness is how you follow,
the light is how you lead.
>Alana Allard<
4th Grade, Seneca Elementary, MVUSD

3rd Place
It is not easy to do something,
but it feels better to have accomplished it.
>Saida Diaz<
6th Grade, Norton Elementary, SBCUSD

Honorable Mentions

“Our secret weapon are our minds”
Kyler Dorsey, Salinas Elementary

“If you gain a little,
save it up and you will earn something big.”
Ivan Jimenez. Seneca Elementary

“God gave me feet,
so I decided to walk them toward my dreams.”
Natalia Prandini, Seneca Elementary

“Those who sleep through life
will awaken to failure.”
Adrew Almada, Salinas Elementary

And the Winners Are…


Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Quotationals Quote Bee!

1st Place
Samar Farooqi
Seneca Elementary, MVUSD

2nd Place
Andrew Almada
Salinas Elementary, SBCUSD

3rd Place
MaryAn Gutierrez
Salinas Elementary, SBCUSD

You are true poet-warriors!



Top 10s: Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes for Socratic discussion.

Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes for Socratic discussion.



Fine a pdf of these wonderful quotes for Socratic discussion here.


Documentary Part I: SCIPP Poetry Project




What do you get when you mix wild kids,
wilder parents,
wilder-er grad students,
and the wildest-est teachers & prof?

Obviously problems with
the comparative and superlative,
but also a recipe
for a new type of learning!


Special thanks to Alex Avila,
the media mastermind
behind it all.





Socratic Circles: The Second Best Tool for Teaching


The first is the cattle prod.

The true father of education.

A teacher that was sentenced to death for
“corrupting the youth”.
A man that practically created pedagogy
and the probable inventor of
the toga party.

Know what?!
You too can cause
intellectual celebration and self-destruction
in your very own classroom!

I present…
The Socratic Circle.
The Socratic Seminar.
Cultural Circles.



Above is a sampling by
Grand Master Teacher Larry Light
using quotes about Gandhi
to demonstrate character analysis.
However, anything may be used
to push discussion along
including art, articles, & poetry.

This is the bread and butter and jam
of Quotationals lessons.
THE best tool to connect
kids, families, and community.

A copy of the Gandhi quotes can be found here.
A copy of the follow-up Gandhi Non-Test can be found here.
A copy of Common Core Standards can be found here.

Now, go question.

KVCR TV Interviews SCIPP Creators



Students & Coyotes: Instruction in Poetry and Prose,
or S.C.I.P.P.,
is what public education
can become.

On a college campus!
Working alongside graduate students!
Writing poetry and prose!
With Los Madres next door 
debating college, parenting, and community!
En Espanol!

It is here
the world of the K-12 student
leaves a fear-based curriculum
to create, critique, share
at Cal State San Bernardino.

And it all started with a simple
conversation between a few teachers.

Please enjoy the video above
and write a comment below.


Special thanks to Professor Delgado
and the MFA mentors
for seeing that giving back
is among the most useful of lessons.