In the process of learning, one quickly learns that life has many teachers. Some are in classrooms, some are in homes, some are in churches, some simply cross our path and transform our lives. This week’s Soul Food for Friday is for teachers of all these different ways. You might even be more surprised that you are someone teacher along the path of life.
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren
“A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Adams
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. But the great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” — Chinese Proverb
“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” — Edward Bulwer-Lytton
“You teach best what you most need to learn.” — Richard Bach
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil is hammering on a cold iron.” — Horace Mann
“Great teaching is always a form of love.”
“A teacher is better then two books.” — German Proverb
“To teach is to learn twice over.” — Joseph Joubert
“A child needs you to be a special person in the Prime Time of life. And you need a child who will be close enough to you to help you sense the joy and delight of being God’s child in this stress filled world.”
“The great teacher is the one who turns people’s ears into eyes so they can see the truth.” — Eastern Proverb
“Teacher’s Task: Take a lot of live wires and see that they are well grounded.” — Abbey Press
“A good teacher is always thinking more about the class than the lesson.” — Fred Smith
“A good teacher is part of you forever.”
“Those who can teach, those who can’t preach.” — Richard Burkey (Advantage of having your own blog, is adding your own quotes!)
“I remember one day I was sitting in the principal’s office. I wasn’t invited there for a social visit. And he said something that fortunately stuck in my mind, and I remembered. He said, ‘Reagan, I don’t care what you think of me now. I’m only concerned with what you’ll think fifteen years from now.’ And I thank the Lord that I had the opportunity to tell him shortly before he died how I felt about him fifty years after that visit in his office. And he was a very great influence on my life.” — Ronald Reagan
“Teaching school is like having jumper cables hooked to your brain, draining all the juice out of you.” — Stephen King
“To teach is to create a space where obedience to truth can be practiced.” — Parker Palmer
A Teacher’s Prayer
“Lord, give me the wisdom to discover in each child his spark of divinity, the gift that You have given him and through love and guidance nurture this spark into a glowing flame.
Let me not favor any one child at the expense of others. Let all be equally worthy of my devotion without regard to their intelligence, their religion, their race, or their wealth.
Let me teach a love of America by keeping ever alive her commitment to the greatest good for the greatest number in the belief that these children are Your greatest good and Your greatest number.
Lord, help! They’re coming into the room right now, all thirty-two of them. Any small miracle will be greatly appreciated. Amen.” — James S. Hewett
For all those teachers I drove to prayer and who drove me to learn, to live, to laugh, to love and to lead, thank you. And Lord, for those you call me to teach, please listen to the prayer above and send your Holy Spirit to help!
Who’s your favorite teacher? What impact did they make? And here’s a scary question, who is God calling you to teach in your life right now?