“My mother worked as a saleslady at the well-known Five Corner bakery in Journal Square during the day. Her orders were that I do at least one page of homework for every one of my subjects before she came home. It didn’t matter what my teachers would assign, those were her rules and I didn’t dare to violate them! However, I usually allowed others to make the rules and then decide whether I would follow them. Turning on our small Bakelite radio, I would ignore my mother’s rules and listen to my favorite adventure shows.
“Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, Superman, who could leap tall buildings in a single bound, and Tom Mix were my favorite daily half-hour radio programs during the week. Tom Mix was forever solving some mystery that I could help him with, since I had a decoder badge that cost only 10 cents, along with a box top from a Ralston Purina’s “Wheat Chex” cereal box. Since it tasted like straw, wanting to get a decoder badge was the only way I would eat this blah cereal for breakfast.
The radio shows were way too exciting, and my homework always took second place. When my mother finally came home and saw that I had not done my work, she would get quite upset and make me do twice as much, seated at the kitchen table where she could keep her eye on me. Being under her direct supervision wasn’t much fun, but I would sit there until she was satisfied that I had finished my assignments. My mother showed no mercy! If my father found out about my being lax, there would be hell to pay! For whatever reason, I never seemed to learn….
Oh, woe is me, woe is me…. I was in trouble again… No, I was still in trouble!”
― Captain Hank Bracker, "Seawater One...."
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Powerful Quotes for Teachers (Printer Friendly Version)
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If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.
Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
The man (or woman) who can make hard things easy is the educator.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.
- Haim Ginott
The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.
-Alice Wellington Rollins
Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
Listen to the NEVERHAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.”
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
-William A. Ward
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-William Butler Yeats
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.
Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.
—Robert M. Hutchins
If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
-Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.
Quote #20: -Howard Hendricks
Never do anything for a student that he he is capable of doing for himself. If you do you, you’ll make him an educational cripple…a pedagogical paraplegic.
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