This is Why You Entered Teaching

Ever wonder at times why you declared Education as a major? Fear not; here are some quotes to put things into perspective:

The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do –John Stuart Mill

Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon –AnnLieberman

Theories and goals of education don’t matter a whit if you don’t consider your students to be human beings –Lou Ann Walker

A college degree and a teaching certificate define a person as a teacher, but it takes hard work and dedication to be one –Paul McClure

A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention. Then he can teach his lesson –Hendrik John Clarke

Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret –Laurence J. Peter

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us –Charles Dickens

Let the radiance of my enthusiasms envelop the poor courtyard and the bare classroom. Let my heart be a stronger column and my goodwill purer gold than the columns and gold of rich schools –Gabriela Mistral

There are two kinds of teachers: The kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just give you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies –Robert Frost

I had a professor who started every class with, “So what are you excited about?” –James Hallmark

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality –Norman Cousins

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. –Albert Schweitzer

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence –Robert Frost

One good teacher in a lifetime amy sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen –Phillip Wylie

What we learn with pleasure we never forget –Louis Mercier

Ready, Start, QUOtes! for the New School Year

Classroom teachers — even the ones that have been around forever — know that lump you feel in your stomach when the bell rings on the first day and students start walking down the hallway. Or, that fear when you shut your door on the Friday before the long weekend: “Did I prepare enough packets? Did I forget to run something off? What if …?” So, it’s time to lower that stress and remember why we do what we do!

==>When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble. Twain
==> It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others — and less trouble. Twain
==>A great teacher never strives to explain his vision. He simply invites you to stand beside him and see for yourself. R. Inman
==>If you think education is expensive — try ignorance! Derek Bok
==>Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin
==>The toughest thing about homework is getting mom and pop to agree on the same answer. Joey Adams
==>A Minneapolis, MN, high school teacher hung this sign under the clock in her classroom. “Time will pass…Will you? James E. Myers
==>As the youngsters grow attached to their teachers and classmates…they can finally say goodbye to their mothers without reenacting the death scene from Camille. —Sue Mittenthal
==>A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention. Then he can teach his lesson. Hendrik John Clarke
==>Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. Thomas Dewar
==>A college degree and a teaching certificate define a person as a teacher; but, it takes hard work and dedication to be one. Paul McClure
==>Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. Japanese proverb
==>You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. Paul Sweeney

Teacher Quotes for a Saturday Morning

picture obtained from…/files/2007/06/quotes.jpgAfter the harried pace and exhaustion of a work week, I’m posting some quotes, along with some humorous ones, to help remind you why we as teachers do what we do. Also, please note who some of the authors are (especially Socrates!):
If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm. (Vince Lombardi)
 The man who can make hard things easy is the educator. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
The wildest colts make the best horses. (Plutarch)
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. (Albert Schweitzer)
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. (Fred Astaire)
It is easier to move a cemetery than to effect a change in curriculum. (Woodrow Wilson)
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers. (Socrates (470-399 B.C.)
There’s nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won’t aggravate. (Anonymous)
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Always do what you are afraid to do. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. (George Burns)
Everybody likes a compliment. (Abraham Lincoln)
The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home. (William Temple)
One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. (Chinese proverb)
Good kids are like sunsets. We take them for granted. Every evening they disappear. Most parents never imagine how hard they try to please us, and how miserable they feel when they think they have failed. (Erma Bombeck)
I’d rather have a C student with an A character than have an A student with a C character. (Jesse Hilton Stuart)