The most important lesson I would like for my students to learn is that learning is not about finding the right answers, but about asking the right questions. Learning doesn't end at high school, college or graduate school. Learning is a lifelong process, but we can't seem to get it until well into adulthood. Most of what we learn can't be found in a book or a website, but rather in what we experience in our journey of life. Part of the reason our message is blurred is because so much of our focus is on grades, test scores and goals - basically on quantifiable outcomes.
My ELLs are so concerned about mastering English so they can pass their classes, make more friends and land that job, that all they want to do is fast forward and arrive at that certain spot. Well, the truth is that we never truly arrive. Once we get to a certain place, we realize we still have a way to go. No matter how proficient in English or how successful we are academically, we always have so much room for growth. The more we learn, the more we realize we have so much more to learn. It's not about how much we learn, but about loving to learn and hungering for more.
Learning, like life, is a journey and I hope they learn sooner rather than later, that they must enjoy the ride.