5 Quotes that Offer Perspective on Teachers

professorThe school year is in full-swing, which means that students and teachers alike are once again balancing busy schedules. In the middle of the school year, when stress runs high, it can often be difficult for students to remember that these times are hectic for their teachers or professors as well. It’s easy to harbor resentment when they schedule an exam on a date that coincides with the exam of another class, or when they expect you to learn too much material. But it’s important to remember – especially if you’re studying to become a teacher yourself – that everyone is just doing the best you can.

As you work toward your degree in education online or attend classes on-campus, try to learn from your teachers’ methods as well as the material they give you. These quotes will offer some perspective that will help you to take it easy and look forward to doing the job yourself one day.

“The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.” – Tyron Edwards
This is an important quote to consider as a student, a teacher, and even a future educator. Teachers shouldn’t want to simply give their students as much information as possible; instead, they should want to help their students hone their skills so that they can effectively use that information and acquire experiences. Perhaps if you’re frustrated with your teacher, this will help you to better understand him or her, and later you can use it to guide you in your career.

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

This quote goes hand-in-hand with the previous one, but acknowledges that passion and curiosity can help to fuel a student’s ability to learn. There’s no end goal – a fire can consume as much as it wants, as long as it has the strength.

“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.” – Malcolm Gladwell

If you’re struggling with learning new material, perhaps it is time to get your hands dirty. Get yourself into situations where you can learn by experiencing, rather than by listening to a lecture, even if this means asking questions and debating with your classmates. Eventually, you will encourage your students to do the same (and to be better learners).

ECF Blog Conversion“The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” –Maria Montessori

Teachers will not always be there to hold their students’ hands, which is why it’s so important to learn through experience and to ignite a desire for them to learn more. Teachers are the training wheels, but eventually, the students will become teachers all their own.

And finally…

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” – David McCullough

It takes a certain type of person to be an educator – and those people love their jobs. Even if the educational process seems difficult for now, it’ll be rewarding to be on the other end.