All teachers cherish the feeling: the joys of inspiration that comes from inspiring others.
But whether it’s writing report cards or managing the classroom, daily stresses can make it hard to stay that inspiration alive.
We’ve dug through dozens of books, teacher magazines, Pinterest boards, and other blogs to seek out 60 of our favorite motivational sayings for teachers. Re-energize your day or week with these inspiring sayings from a number of the world’s greatest educators and thinkers!
The mediocre teacher tells. the great teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. the good teacher inspires.
― William Arthur Ward
Good teaching must be slow enough in order that it’s not confusing, and fast enough in order that it’s not boring.
― Sidney J. Harris
In an efficient classroom, students shouldn’t only know what they’re doing, they ought to also know why and the way.
― Harry Wong
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
― Gail Godwin
The important thing isn’t such a lot that each child should be taught as that each child should tend the wish to find out.
― John Lubbock
The need for imagination, as a way of truth, and as a sense of responsibility — these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.
― Rudolf Steiner
Teaching should be such what’s offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a tough duty.
Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
― A. Bartlett Giamatti
The teacher’s task is to initiate the training process then get out of the way.
― John Warren
A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell where his influence stops.
― Henry B. Adams
In teaching you can’t see the fruit of a day’s work. it’s invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
― Jacques Barzun
The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something which will outlast it.
Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. It’s an almost psychotic feeling, believing that a part of their lives belongs to me. Everything they become, I also become. And everything about me, they helped to make .
― Esme Raji Codell
Teachers are people that start things they never see finished, and that they never get thanks until it’s too late.
― Max Forman
Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the previous ensured an honest life.
What greater joy can an educator feel than to witness a child’s success?
― Michelle L. Graham
The best education isn’t given to students; it’s drawn out of them.
― Gerald Belcher
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
The test of an honest teacher isn’t what percentage questions he can ask his pupils that they’re going to answer readily, but what percentage questions he inspires them to ask which he finds it hard to answer.
― Alice Wellington Rollins
It must be remembered that the aim of education isn’t to fill the minds of scholars with facts…it is to show them to think, if that’s possible, and always to think for themselves.
― Robert Hutchins
Effective teaching could also be the toughest job there’s .
― William Glasser
A pro is someone who can do great work when he doesn’t desire it.
― Alastair Cook
Education…is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be wiped out kindness, by watching, by warning…by praise, but in particular , by example.
Teaching isn’t a lost art, but the regard for it’s a lost tradition.
― Jacques Barzun
Teaching is that the only major occupation…for which we’ve not developed tools that make a mean person capable of competence and performance. In teaching, we believe the naturals, those who somehow skills to show.
― Peter Drucker
Teachers are expected to succeed in unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that sometimes they accomplish this impossible task.
― Haim Ginott
We can, whenever and wherever we elect, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know quite we’d like to understand so as to try to that. Whether or not we roll in the hay must finally depend upon how we feel about the very fact we haven’t thus far.
― Ron Edmonds
The most important a part of teaching is to show what it’s to understand .
Teaching is that the greatest act of optimism.
― Colleen Wilcox
The art of teaching is that the art of assisting discovery.
― Mark Van Doren
Teaching is that the perpetual end and office of all things. Teaching, instruction is that the main design that shines through the sky and earth.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Teaching is truth mediated by personality.
― Phyllis Brooks
The whole art of teaching is merely the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the aim of satisfying it afterward; curiosity itself are often vivid and wholesome only in proportion because the mind is contented and happy.
Benevolence alone won’t make an educator, nor will learning alone roll in the hay. The gift of teaching may be a peculiar talent and implies a requirement and a craving within the teacher himself.
― Jay Chapman
One of the beauties of teaching is that there’s no limit to one’s growth as an educator, even as there’s no knowing beforehand what proportion your students can learn.
― Herbert Kohl