12 Quotes To Inspire Your Favorite Teacher

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.
~ Ever Garrison

Chances are that you know a teacher is busy getting ready for school. We start today here in Colorado.

If you are a teacher, you are probably looking are looking for inspiration! If you’re a parent, you’re hoping your child’s teacher is inspired for the school year!

Being a teacher is a challenge. On its best days, it’s rewarding. You have the ability to mould a student’s mind. You can instill in the child a love for learning. You can teach a child to keep an open mind and to keep questioning. You help to promote confidence and awaken dreams.

On a bad day, anger and worry, creep through a door you didn’t know you’d left open. The kids act up on days before a storm is coming in or during a full moon and turn wild. But often it’s because of what you’ve brought to school, worries, anger, lack of control over how you want your life to be that causes challenges.

A teacher needs to be calm, listening to an inner voice, following an innate wisdom and handing out pearls of wisdom to parents, a “Zen Teacher”. On those bad days your ego takes over. It is demanding, questioning motives and undermining your confidence. Both sides of you have a huge effect on your classroom.

Here is a little inspiration to start off your year! Good luck to parents, children and teachers alike!!

1. Teachers, you do more than you know! Often you will never know how you’ve impacted a child!

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
~ Henry Adams

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.”
~ Jacques Barzun

2. There is so much more to a child’s life than homework. Be supportive of their lives outside the classroom. Bring more to your classroom than just schoolwork.

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”
~ Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”

3. Teachers must love their students unconditionally.

“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.”
~ Author Unknown

4. Like a candle, a good teacher can experience burnout. Parents, help your teacher to keep her inspiration. A kind word or compliment goes a long way!

“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
~ Author Unknown

5. A good teacher is a good person first.

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”
~ Karl Menninger

6. A good teacher inspires students to be an individual thinker.

“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.”
~ Khalil Gibran

“A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”
~ Author Unknown

“To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold,herein lies the first task of the teacher.”
~ Maria Montessori

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
~ William Arthur Ward

7. A great teacher knows that there is nothing more important than being in the life of a child.

“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 maybe is different because I was important in the life of a child.”
~ Kathy Davis

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17 Responses to 12 Quotes To Inspire Your Favorite Teacher

  1. So many great quotes Betsy.
    To this day, I remember being complimented by teachers in grade school. You really take your teachers to heart.
    I’m sure you’re an amazing teacher!


    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Angela! We’re lucky to be a great school, too. And it is amazing that we have such distinct memories all these years later, isn’t it?


  2. Hi Betsy,

    Being a former teacher, I appreciate that you dedicated a post to those that guide our future. Being a teacher can be a very rewarding career, particularly watching your students grow and thrive. Wonderful quotes that will make any teacher’s day!


    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Cathy! I didn’t know you were a teacher. What did you teach?


  3. uncle johnny says:

    “Love It!”


    Betsy Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed Uncle Johnny!


  4. sheila says:

    Wonderful Betsy!


    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Sheila!!


  5. Great post! I should share this with my sister. A teacher. 🙂 Hope your first day went well!


    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Julie! I hope she enjoys it. Our first week was crazy, getting the classroom ready, doing home visits and making parents comfortable at the parent orientation… now it’s time for the kids on Monday!


  6. Jen says:

    As a teacher AND a parent, this list is invaluable! Thank you for the reminder about how easy it is to make a positive (or negative) impact on children simply by the way we honor, listen, and react to them!

    Happy last days of summer to you!!!


    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Jen! I’m looking forward to hearing about your teachings at your new website.


  7. JennyBean says:

    They really are so under appreciated, and they have a huge influence on our children and our future. Great post, Betsy!


    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Jenny! Your kids will be there soon (or maybe already are)! A great teacher can make or break the whole family’s year!


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