As with many things in my life, I discovered the joys of teaching by chance. I dabbled a bit in corporate training in my previous career, giving pre-shift briefings to customer service representatives at the airlines. I found that part of my job enjoyable. The happiness wasn’t to the extent of what I now feel, though. Being a teacher gives me a sense of fulfillment that I never thought possible before. When I experience seeing a student reflect on what I have taught him or her, it thrills me beyond belief. I honestly feel that teaching is the noblest profession.
I hope that I can continue to be a teacher for the rest of my life. Sadly, I fear that financial constraints may prohibit me from doing so, though. There isn’t enough money in it to provide for my family’s future. I must seek other means of support, rather than just continuing to be a teacher. Still, right now, I am honored to be among the noblest, teachers.
There are a lot of websites that offer quotations on nearly every subject in existence. I like the fact that famous people have been quoted throughout history, as it provides me with words of wisdom and inspiration. I frequently visit some of the quotation websites to get a boost of positivity.
Here are a few notable quotations about teaching that I’ve come across:
“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”
“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
“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.”
-Amos Bronson Alcott
“If children can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
“When you love people and have the desire to make a profound, positive impact upon the world, then will you have accomplished the meaning to live.”
“Tell me, and I’ll forget; show me, and I may remember; involve me, and I’ll understand.”
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
-Clay P. Bedford
“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.”
If you have any others that you like, please feel free to leave them in a comment. When I die, I would like the word “Teacher” on my headstone. I hope and pray that I can live up to the legacy of being a good teacher.