Quotes to Encourage You, a Teacher

In the midst of all the pressures of teaching, paper work, home life, files, planning, phone calling, reports, meetings, classes, ad infinitum, please take a moment to remember why you do what you do! These are some quotes that I found on line:

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.” ~Dan Rather

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. ~Jacques Barzun

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job. ~Donald D. Quinn

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. ~Gail Godwin

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward

A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order than any other, because the pupils do not know who she’s looking at. ~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902

The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 thoughts on “Quotes to Encourage You, a Teacher

  1. Thanks for the encouraging quotes. Here’s another:

    Try something different today because remember

    “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

  2. Love the quotes ….
    here’s my favourite from Darren Draper:

    * No matter how good it went today, the kids will always be back tomorrow.
    * No matter how bad it went today, the kids will always be back tomorrow.

  3. Needed encouragement today – thanks!
    “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
    — Henry Brooks Adams

  4. Teacher morale in Florida is dismal. Teachers are trying to stay motivated, but the new assessment and all the other pressures are too much for the underpaid and over-assessed (held to a higher standard than most other professionals) who give hours and hours AND monies of their own to have a successful classroom(s). Thank you for the inspiration!

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