I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
~Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”
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.”
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is
invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
Teaching creates all other professions.
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
Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to
whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to
those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
~John F. Kennedy
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
Good teaching is one-fourth
preparation and three-fourths theater.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to
learn is hammering on cold iron.
Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special
placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the
classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police
work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people
at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where
his influence stops.
~Henry Brooks Adams
A good teacher is like a
candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.
~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal
influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the
spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
~Amos Bronson Alcott
A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of
simplism. ~Louis A. Berman