Top 10 Motivating Quotes for Teachers

The school holidays are fast approaching.  A time to reflect on how the last term went and prepare for the next one.  We’re ready for them and we’re sure you are too!  Therefore we thought let’s keep it light and refreshing for you as you hit the holidays with a quick snappy blog without too much reading or detail required (much like the essays some students hand in).  So without further ado here’s our top 10 motivating quotes for teachers.

Number 1: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire

from William Butler Yeats…though this is disputed with some suggestion that the quote may have been wrongly attributed to Yeats.

Number 2: “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

Mark Van Doren – then poet and writer.

Number 3: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

William Arthur Ward.

Number 4: “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

This quote comes from the great theoretical physicist who developed one of the modern pillars of physics – Albert Einstein.

Number 5: “Remember that failure is an event, not a person”

comes from the American author and speaker Zig Ziglar.

Number 6: “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”

from American actress, comedian and writer Lily Tomlin.

Number 7: “I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.”

This quote comes from Tupac Shakur – someone whom your students are more likely to know!

Number 8: “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. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

From the renowned Nobel Prize winning author and writer John Steinbeck.

Number 9: “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

This quote comes from Malala Yousafzai the famous activist for female education from Pakistan who is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

And finally…Number 10: “Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

form the famous puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson.

There are hundreds of motivational quotes about teaching that you can learn from.  We’d love to hear your favourite quotes and the ones which motivate you!  For more in our series of blogs click here!

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