Quotes For Teachers

Motivational quotes or sayings are very useful to give teachers some “power” and motivation to teach in the classroom. As a teacher-to-be, I used to read a few of motivational quotes or sayings that give me the energy to become a good and dependable teacher soon. Below are the quotes that I like:


  • I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.  ~Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”
  • The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”  ~Dan Rather
  • A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers
  • A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.  ~Horace Mann
  • Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom.  To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.  ~Tracy Kidder
  • A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~Henry Brooks Adams
  • A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.  ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish
  • A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.  ~Louis A. Berman
  • Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.  ~Bob Talbert
  • The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.  ~William Arthur Ward
  • The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.  ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.  ~Karl Menninger
  • A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order than any other, because the pupils do not know who she’s looking at.  ~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902
  • Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another.  And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.  ~Eugene P. Bertin
  • 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.  ~Carl Jung
  • 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.  ~Kahlil Gibran
  • 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 Talmud
  • The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
  • Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.  ~John Cotton Dana
  • To teach is to learn twice.  ~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842
  • 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.  ~Marva Collins
  • The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.  ~Elbert Hubbard
  • 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
  • The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better is because it helps me to forgive their children.  ~Louis Johannot
  • Ideal 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 bridges of their own. ~Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers. ~Richard Bach
  • Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. ~Goethe
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller
  • Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another. ~Marva Collins
  • Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. ~Frank Outlaw
  • Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. ~Josef Albers
  • Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners. ~Ken Blanchard
  • Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve. ~Mary Kay Ash
  • There are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. ~Indira Gandhi

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5 Things A Teacher Should Not Do

Students are very intelligent, regardless of their forms and ages. They tend to do many things to test you as a teacher. This is what students like to do especially if you are new in the school. There are 5 things you should know and not do in the school and the classrooms:

1. BE FRANK. Student will ask you several questions. This sounds very common but BEWARE, they have hidden agenda. They want to test you whether you are capable teacher or not. If you do not know how to answer, BE FRANK with them and tell them that you will find the answer and tell them soon.


2. DO NOT COMPARE STUDENTS. This is what a teacher always do. Students do not like to be compared to other students. Same goes to every people. A student might LOSE INTEREST in you and your learning if you like to compare them.


3. DO NOT MAKE NAMES TO THE STUDENTS. Indeed, students like to make names to the teacher especially the one they hates the most. Discipline teacher usually have ‘names’. However, you as teacher, do not call them with a new name (ANIMAL, SCUMBAGS, etc.). This will make your students hating you FOR LIFE!


4. DO NOT LOSE YOUR GROUND. A teacher is easily lose his/her ground especially if the students tend to be liking the teacher. There must always be a HIDDEN AGENDA from the students. They want to get attention so that you know them better. Try to be fair and treat them equally. Try not to have ‘PET’ among your students. Others might not like it.


5. DO NOT USE ‘TEACHER’ POWER. Usually, the teacher will scold students if they found students smoking or riding bikes without helmets. But, teacher always do that. It is ironic when the teacher is smoking and riding bikes without helmet. Here, never tell the students that ‘WE ARE TEACHERS, YOU ARE STUDENTS’. It is ironic. The rules applied within school’s compound. Everyone must obey the rules.