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'.
A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.
Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
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.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
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.
None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
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