Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
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
When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.
The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.
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.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana
There are three good reasons to be a teacher – June, July, and August.
A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.
To teach is to learn twice.
Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842
The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning.
Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the “naturals,” the ones who somehow know how to teach.
Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
Haim G. Ginott
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark Van Doren