“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” – Randy Pausch
“I’m sorry If I merely entertained them. I wished to make them better.” – G.F. Handel
“Unlearn the irrelevant.” – Stephen Smith
“If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.” – Lindsey Buckingham
“We must clean up the chorus until it is instrumentally clean and we must make the orchestra forget about its clarity and sing.” – Robert Shaw
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson,
“True 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 their
― Nikos Kazantzakis
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
― Haim Ginott
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
― Jacques Barzun
“Learning is finding out what you 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, teachers.”
― Richard Bach
“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
― John Dewey
“A teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child does not himself thoroughly understand his subject; if he does not attempt to break down his knowledge to fit the child’s mind, he does not understand teaching.”
― Fulton J. Sheen
“Without you there would be no me.
I am everything reflected in your eyes.
I am everything approved by your smile.
I am everything born of your guidance.
I am me only because of you.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
“part of the art of teaching is the ability to rearrange the world for students – to force them to see things in a new way. i’ve known too many stupid intellectuals to believe that education and wisdom come as a package deal along with facts, it’s your perspective that counts – your ability to see differently, not just to see a lot.”
― Sunny Decker,
“It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“The difference between a beginning teacher and an experienced one is that the beginning teacher asks, “How am I doing?” and the experienced teacher asks, How are the children doing?”
― Esme Raji Codell
“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”
― Scott Hayden
“Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good teachers expect no praise or love from the young. They wait for it, and in time, it comes.”
― Darren Shan
“Before you can be effective in communication with ANYONE else, you must know who YOU are. It begins with you.
Believe me when I say, I don’t need anyone’s approval in this classroom … I’m great company for myself. Me, myself, and I … we laugh a lot. (Said on the first week of class each phase, somewhat rewording each time, but the gist is always there).”
― Dacia Wilkinson
In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.
― Harry Wong