“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great
Teachers prepare you for the world, the good ones do at least. They give you the necessary tools to survive and even thrive in a world that’s constantly trying to pull you back down. The teachers that you meet throughout your life, they have a huge influence on you. And it is because of them that you learn to live well.
Teachers mold the minds of the future, and though parents bring forth the youth of today, there is only so much they can do. And so, I am indebted to my father for my living, but to my teacher for living well, because those teachers that take the time to genuinely care about their students and truly help them grow, those teachers are the ones we must be eternally grateful to.
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun
The teaching profession is one of the most important and most underrated professions in existence today. After all, these teachers are molding the minds of the generations of students yet to grow up and make their mark on the world. And with the amount of time students spend in school, teachers can have a pretty big influence on their students’ lives.
So, really the job of a teacher is one of the most important out there, even though teachers are rather underpaid and underappreciated half the time. And though there are some bad teachers out there, the good ones, the ones that you remember for the rest of your life because of how much they helped you grow, those ones deserve to be appreciated.
So next time you see them, share with them this quote, and tell your favorite teachers how much you appreciate them. I’m sure they’d love to know it.
“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.” – Haim Ginott
Underpaid and underappreciated, many teachers have less than adequate tools to properly perform the job they’re expected to do. Forget touching the hearts of students, simply calming the class and trying to get everyone to pay attention to the lesson is beyond difficult for many teachers.
But the miracle is that even dealing with all of that, there are teachers who manage to open the minds of their students and change their lives. And those teachers, the great ones we’ll never forget, deserve much more for all they do for their students.
So why not go back and visit old, awesome teachers? Share with them this quote, and thank them for all they did for you. I’m sure they’d really appreciate it.
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” – English proverb
Good teachers try their best to equip their students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in their lives. But the thing is, no matter how many ways you give a person to be successful, it’s still up to them to take advantage of them, so if you’re a teacher, you really can’t beat yourself up too much if you can’t change your students minds in regards to learning.
All you can do is push them as much as you can to do their best and give them the skills and knowledge to thrive in the world, and with a little luck, they’ll drink.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
Who your teacher is as a kid can change the course of your life forever. You see, a good teacher can change the minds of even the most defiant students, even the ones who want nothing to do with school. A good teacher can get their students inspired to learn, and teach them more than just their academic subjects.
And so, because they have such an influence over their students, a good teacher can affect eternity, because a good teacher can give you that little extra push you need to become more successful than you ever thought you’d be. And a good teacher can make all the difference in the world if you’re just willing to let them.
“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” – Author Unknown
School is always more fun when the teachers are passionate about what they do. That’s just a fact of life. The miserable teachers, the ones who are only teachers because they couldn’t do anything else, are the ones who make kids hate school. They are a huge part of the reason lots of kids hate academics.
And so it’s true, great teachers teach from the heart and not the book, because if you can manage that, you just might get your students excited to learn, and you won’t even have to freeze Hell over this time.
“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.” – Thurgood Marshall
There’s only so much you can do on your own. Every now and then, even the best of us need a little help, and that’s where our parents or teachers or role models in general come in.
And so, even you, Mr/s. Successful, when you weren’t sure how to continue and you needed a little help, you asked those who were always there for you, whether that be a parent, a teacher, or somebody else, didn’t you? And no matter who they were, they were always there for you when you needed them, and that’s what really counted.
So in light of the upcoming school year, if that person for you was a teacher, go visit them and show them this quote. Thank them for all they did for you and remind them that even if their work seems futile now it’s not, because they helped you, and you’re grateful for it.
And hey, even if it wasn’t a teacher for you, show your person this quote and thank them for all they did, because even the best of us need to feel appreciated every now and then.
“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” – Jacques Barzun
As a teacher, you have the potential to reach and change the minds and hearts of hundreds of students every year. You as a teacher have the potential to change their lives forever and help them become the best versions of themselves they can be.
And so, you’ve got to always remember that. Even when the days become too long and you feel like giving up on your class, you’ve got to remember that if you just keep trying, you just might change these kids’ lives for the better. And even if you or they can’t see it now, someday, if you don’t give up on them, they’ll be back, and they’ll be so,so grateful for all you did for them.
“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” – Colleen Wilcox
To teach you’ve got to have great persistence and faith, in yourself and your ability to teach well, because you see, the effects of your teaching can remain hidden for years to come. And so, teachers find themselves having to be quite the optimists, to continue on shooting in the dark like that.
But that optimism isn’t for nothing. You see, a good teacher, one who never gives up on their students no matter how difficult they’re being, can change lives and open minds like nothing else. And that, is something more precious than almost anything in the world.
So, if you’re a teacher, just keep doing what you’re doing, and remember that even though you might not see it now, if you just continue on, all that you’re working so hard to do for your students will be worth it in the end.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” – Kathy Davis
There are some things more important than the material things in life. One of them, I think, is the mark we make on the world. You see, in the end, it doesn’t matter how many things you had or how rich you are, but it matters what you did for the world and how you will be remembered.
And one of the surest ways of changing lives lies in being a great teacher. So in the end, always remember that, always remember why you started teaching in the first place, and never give up, because in the grand scheme of it all, your importance in a student’s life is far more precious than any material thing you could ever own.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
Teachers, please remember this:
Your job is important. You are important. And even if your students don’t appreciate you now, they will, because good teaching can change your life and the very way you view the world. Good teaching can make all the difference in your students’ lives, and so when the days seem to drag and you have trouble finding the motivation to continue on, just remember that your job is important.
And if you don’t give up on them, your students will thank you forever. I guarantee it.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William A. Ward
The teacher that ignites their student’s passion for learning is the teacher that truly makes a difference in that student’s life. You see a good teacher can propel their students on their way to lifelong success if only they never give up on their students and always strive to inspire, not just tell.
And so, keep this quote close to your heart, and remember that any idiot can hand out assignments and tell their students what to do, if you really want to make a difference in your students’ lives, you’ve got to inspire them to want to learn.
And even when things get tough for you, and your work seems to be for nothing, remember this quote and just hang in there, because you can make a difference if only you never forget to do your best to be that great teacher that doesn’t tell, but inspires.
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm Forbes
Students could care less about simply memorizing facts, it’s useless and boring to do that. But when you can open their eyes to new perspectives and experiences along with those facts, that’s when they start to care.
So don’t give up when the days drag on and all you want to do is quit. Just remember that education’s pupose is to replace an empty mind with an open one and always strive to be that teacher that makes a difference in their students’ lives, because, trust me, in the end it’ll all be worth it.
“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” – Philip Wylie
Nobody is hopeless, and everyone can change, it just takes more effort in some cases. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. And so, all it really takes is one good teacher that cares enough to try to make a difference in their students’ lives to turn a delinquent into a solid citizen.
So be that teacher and never give up on your students, because in the end, a good teacher can change lives.
“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl Menninger
Without being a wise and grown person themselves, teachers can never truly be great teachers. You see, if you yourself are not a role model, one to be looked up to and followed, your students can never learn to respect you, and in turn can never learn anything from you, making your time as a teacher useless if this is in fact the case.
And besides that, if you yourself do not know how to live, how will you teach the next generation how to live? You see, a teachers job is much more than simply teaching their particular subject. It is a job of helping the next generation of students learn and grow, not only as students, but as people too. And if the teacher has not learned and grown, then how can they expect to successfully teach their students to do that?
Right, so in my opinion, the teachers that first better themselves, the ones that always strive to learn something from everyone, even their students, those teachers are the ones I respected most of all. And those were the teachers that taught me the most.
So, what the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches, for how can you teach someone to be something that you yourself don’t know how to be?
“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”
My favorite teachers were always the ones who made me think. Like really think, not just the what does x equal if y equals 5x + 3 kind of think. The ones who didn’t just give out papers to work on, but actually talked to us, and treated us like we could understand less simple concepts.
My favorite teachers were the ones who seemed to really care if we learned, and the ones who talked to me more than just on an assignment basis. Those were the teachers that made me excited to come back to class the next day, and those are the teachers I’ll never forget—that is the ones I’ll remember for good reasons.
And so, I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework, because just a little extra effort in genuinely caring about what students learn and giving them something deeper to think about can make all the difference in the world.
“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.” – Donald D. Quinn
The teacher’s job is not an easy one. Between huge classrooms and students who’d rather not be in school, there’s a hell of a lot of stuff for the teachers to juggle. And so, some teachers find themselves stressed and wanting to give up on their students. That would be a warranted response, but for the sake of the kids, don’t give up.
Even if your job becomes impossible to handle, as a teacher, you’ve got to keep going, you’ve got to remember why you started teaching in the first place and never give up on your students. Even if they won’t admit, they need you. And a good teacher can change a life forever.
So just hang in there, and remember, even though your job is difficult, it can be life changing, for you and your students. And if you are a student, share this quote with your favorite teachers and tell them how much you appreciate them, because school can be hard, and even the most thick-skinned of teachers needs a little inspiration from time to time.
“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
Growing up isn’t easy and facing life isn’t either. But our teachers are there for us when no one else is, the good ones are at least. They believe in us, and they don’t just encourage us, the push us to be the best we can, never letting us give up on ourselves.
And even if it hurts sometimes to hear the truth, even if hurts sometimes to push our limits like that, in the end, it’s all worth it.
So believe your teachers when they say they just want the best for you, and try your best to push your limits and grow as a person, because if you can manage that, your teachers are right when they say there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your dreams.