Inspirational Quotes by Erin Gruwell

By | July 17, 2017

I have learned that, although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I was blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis. They taught me the importance of teaching to a student – and not to a test.

Erin Gruwell

I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world.

Erin Gruwell

Writing is powerful. Whether it’s a little girl hiding from the Nazis in an attic, or Amnesty International writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, the power of telling stories is usually what causes change.

Erin Gruwell

That’s the beauty of education, kids taking lessons out of the classroom and back into their own world where they can positively affect their family, their friends, and their greater community.

Erin Gruwell

The stories my pupils told me were astonishing. One told how he had witnessed his cousin being shot in the back five times; another how his parents had died of AIDS. Another said that he’d probably been to more funerals than parties in his young life. For me – someone who had had an idyllic, happy childhood – this was staggering.

Erin Gruwell

I believe that everyone has a story, and it is important that we encourage all students to tell theirs.

Erin Gruwell

I am a teacher born and bred, and I believe in the advocacy of teachers. It’s a calling. We want our students to feel impassioned and empowered.

Erin Gruwell

I was going to show my kids that no matter what happened with their parents, parole officers and other teachers, I wouldn’t give up on them. I let them know it matters to me that you come to class, it matters to me that you try, it matters to me when you succeed.

Erin Gruwell

Some teachers feel that if they ask for emotional help, they’re a failure. But teaching is a team sport.

Erin Gruwell

I believe that education is the greatest equalizer; thus, I will continue to fight to equalize the playing field in an educational atmosphere that is not always level!

Erin Gruwell

Hoping they’d been inspired by the examples of Anne Frank and other teens who had turned negative experiences into something positive by writing about them, I handed out notebooks for my students to journal about their lives. There was some initial resistance. But then the stories poured out of them, full of anger and sadness.

Erin Gruwell

Education is such a noble profession, it’s a wonderful way to serve.

Erin Gruwell

I grew up in a very progressive family and with a great educational system, and I asked myself, ‘Why doesn’t everybody have these opportunities for a good education? So why not give back to these kids who didn’t grow up with the same privileges I had?’

Erin Gruwell

Paying to teach in the trenches was like putting my face through a cutout hole at a carnival while a quarterback threw pies at me. At least with a carnival, I’d see it coming.

Erin Gruwell

When you’re too robotic and scripted, the students tune you out. So I always tried to use different learning modalities – kinesthetic, auditory, visual, whatever might bring learning to life.

Erin Gruwell

I think a lot of teachers feel like they’re teaching to a test. Our response is you teach to a student, you really teach to the kid.

Erin Gruwell

Writing really evokes empathy in a way very few things can do.

Erin Gruwell

I believe that all students, when asked to be accountable for their actions and to be socially aware citizens, will become agents for change!

Erin Gruwell

Schools are not equal. There are still the haves and the have-nots.

Erin Gruwell

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