Use these teaching quotes to reset your sense of purpose after a hard day's (or year's!) work, or remind you of what makes a good teacher. And don't forget to spread a little inspiration around – use one in your e-mail signature and include them in your parent e-mails or newsletters.
Betsy's Teaching Quotes
The difference between the great and the not-so-great in teaching is rooted in one thing: attitude.
All children want to belong to a community. Great teachers build communities that are accepting of all.
She who controls the classroom environment controls the classroom behavior.
Teachers own the desks… students are just renting them.
Who needs candy, point systems or badges? There is no greater reward for student learning and behavior than a teacher who notices and cares.
The last day before winter break is a little taste of the last day of school – saying goodbye to your cherished students.
It’s amazing how productive a good laminating session can make you feel.
I’m thankful for parents who entrust their children to the care of teachers.
I care more about my students’ futures than staying on the curriculum calendar.
The secret to a strong education is in following the child.
My students succeed because I help them believe they can.
If “Plan A” didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Hang in there.
The day you go off the lesson plan, follow your students’ needs and learn along with them is the day you really become a teacher.
Teach students how to count. Then teach them what counts.
There is no point in teaching without inspiring a desire to learn.
When your method of teaching isn’t producing results, you must change the way you teach.
The secret to adapting to change in teaching is to focus your energy not on fighting to keep the old, but on learning and building for the future.
Setting expectations is the foundation of classroom management.
Teaching Quotes: Children
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
Teacher Quotes: The Purpose of Education
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
~Daniel J. Boorstin
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
~B. F. Skinner
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
~Robert M. Hutchins
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
~Sydney J. Harris
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
~George Bernard Shaw
A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
Teaching Quotes: Good Teaching
The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
~K. Patricia Cross
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.
The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
~John Cotton Dana
The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don't know.
Teacher Quotes: An Educated Person
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Teaching Quotes: Teaching Methodology
Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
Teacher Quotes: Lifetime Impact
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life.
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
~Tom Bodett quotes
Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.
Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.