Teacher Quotes

Posted by | October 24, 2012 | Uncategorized

Some teacher quotes for your reading pleasure. Funny, inspiring, cute, motivating and other teaching quotes. Even though some of them may say children or kids in the quote they still apply to adult ESL teaching too. The principles of education do not change and thank goodness for that :) Please add any good ones to the comments section as other readers would greatly appreciate that.

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Inspiring teacher quotes

Teaching is not a lost art,
but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
~ Jacques Barzun

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”
~ Scott Hayden

involve me teaching

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.”
~ Anatole France

“Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good teachers expect no praise or love from the young. They wait for it, and in time, it comes.”
~ Darren Shan

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
~ Aristotle

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

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“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”
~ Anatole France

teach what you love

“The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.”
~ Elbert Hubbard

“Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being “with it,” yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.”
~ Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society

good teacher quote

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
~ Nikos Kazantzakis

montessori teaching quote

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
~ Haim G. Ginott

“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”
~ John Wooden

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“We now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure than in the brain of a student who is scared, upset, anxious, or stressed.”
~ Mawhinney and Sagan

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
~ Albert Einstein

best classroom sign

“Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”
~ Plato, The Republic

“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

“When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s [children's] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.”
~ Amos Bronson Alcott

“One had to cram all this stuff into one’s mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.”
~ Albert Einstein

“You can’t really teach a kid anything: you can only show him the way and motivate him to learn it himself.”
~ Dave Cullen, Columbine

“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.”
~ Seymour Simon

in it for the outcome teaching

“When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.”
~ William Glasser

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
~ Galileo

Funny teaching quotes
punctuation pronunciation joke

“It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever,” he said. “Have you thought of going into teaching?”
~ Terry Pratchett

“Brevity is the soul of wit and also the start of most good teaching.”
~ D. Deubelbeiss

“Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.”
~ Oscar Wilde

A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor and makes far less money.
~ Unknown

superpower teacher

By choosing to be a teacher, you have entered an emotionally dangerous profession.
~ Unknown

“English was invented so hooliganism might prevail as a global economic model”
~ D. Deubelbeiss

“Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. ”
~ Gracie Allen

grammar joke

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
~ Winston Churchill

A self taught man usually has a poor teacher and a worse student.
~ Henny Youngman

Often when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.
~ Unknown

“You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day.”
~ Jay Mohr

funny teacher quote

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
~ Minna Thomas Antrim

“I may forget my first crush in second grade but never my favorite teacher.”
~ Fehl Dungo

funny english teacher pic

“Ask yourself: ‘Do I feel the need to laminate?’ Then teaching is for you.”
~ Gordon Korman

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