Inspirational Teacher Quotes

Powerful teacher quotes to remind us of the importance of teachers as engineers of human potential.

These are some of my favorite education and teacher quotes… to help us remember what we’ve been called to do and the essential role we play in lighting a path for the next generation.

When you stay in touch with your teacher-soul, you access to the power to look in a student’s eyes, and with unwavering certainty, remind him that he is sacred, worthy of love and more powerful than his current conditions may be telling him.ghana school

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The role of teachers…

“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 own.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

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

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world. But I guarantee I will spark the brain that will change the world.” – Tupac Shakur

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince)

“If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important” – Barbara Colorose

“The mgirl swingediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William A. Ward

The importance of imagination and creativity…

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.” – John Dewey

“If all you had was academic ability, you wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed this morning. In fact, there wouldn’t have been a bad to get out of. No one could have made one. You could have written about possibility of one, but not have constructed it.” – Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Academics are not everything…

“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; bgirl with babyut spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.” – Winnie the Pooh

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Anonymous

“Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home, and who knows… the children will be educating the parents.” – Roger Moore

Lead students to greatness by reflecting back a vision of themselves that is brighter than what they currently see…

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery

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

“As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.” – Unknown

The importance of breaking down current structures…

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passion.” – Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything


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