About Teachers and Teaching

Хочу поделиться цитатами из записной книжки. Автора не знаю.

1. Teachers are special people who cause joyful happenings in the hearts of children. If you make happy two people in your classroom today, be sure one of them is you.

2. The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

3. You can teach a lesson for a day but if you teach curiosity, you teach for a lifetime.

4. When teaching the love of truth, never lose the truth of love.

5. Nothing improves a child's hearing more than praise.

5. If a doctor, lawyer or dentist has 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer or dentist, without assistance had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of a classroom teacher's job.

6. In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.

7. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

admin Olga-ekb аватар

Зеля, спасибо за чудесную тему!
Вот ещё несколько цитат в дополнение коллекции:

  • I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. (Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann")
  • A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. (Thomas Carruthers)
  • If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. (Margaret Fuller)
  • Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. (Bob Talbert)
  • The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. (Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
  • 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)
  • What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. (Karl Menninger)
  • The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. (Author Unknown)
  • Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. (John Cotton Dana)
Zelya аватар

Каждая цитата заставляет задуматься. Мне еще нравится вот эта статья из журнала.

Why I Teach

Why do I teach? A friend asked me the question when I told him I didn’t want a university administrative position. He was puzzled that I didn’t want to “step up” toward money and power.

One thing is certain – I don’t teach because teaching is easy for me. Teaching is the most difficult of all the ways I have attempted to earn my living: bulldozer mechanic, carpenter, university administator, writer. For me, it’s a red-eye, sweaty-palm, sinking-stomach profession. Red-eye because I never feel ready to teach, no matter how late at night I stay up to prepare. Sweaty-palm, because I am always nervous before I enter a classroom, sure that I will be found out for the fool I am. Sinking-stomach, because I usually walk out an hour later convinced that I was ever more boring than usual.
Why, then, so I teach?

I teach because I like the pace of the academic calendar, June, July and August allow me to mix reflection, research and writing, all ingredients in my recipe for teaching. It is not that summers are less effort. It is that they are different effort.

I teach because teaching is built on change. Even when the material I teach is the same, I change, and more important, my students change.

I teach because I like the freedom to make my own mistakes, to learn my own lessons, to stimulate myself and my students. As a teacher, I am my own boss. If, as in a recent semester, I want freshmen to learn how to write by putting together their own textbook, well, who is to say I may not? The course may be a colossal failure, but we can learn from colossal failures.
I teach because I like to ask questions, questions that students must struggle to answer. The world is full of right answers to bad questions. Teaching, I sometimes brush up against good questions.

I teach because I like to learn. One of the major discoveries of my professional life is that I teach best not what I know, but what I want to learn. When I wanted to know more about the role of the Indian culture in American literatire, I taught a course on the subject, taking students with me on a path of discovery.

I teach because teaching gives me nectars to taste, many woods to enter and leave, many fine books to read, and many ivory towers and real world experiences to discover. Teaching gives me pace and variety and challenge and the opportunity to keep on learning.

I have not mentioned the most important reasons why I teach.

One is Vicky. My first doctoral student, Vicky was an energetic young woman who worked at a dissertation on a little-known 14th century poet. And while still in graduate school she wrote articles and sent them off to learned journals. She did it all herself, with only an occasional smile or nudge from me. But I was there when she finished her dissetation, when she got word that the articles were accepted, when she handed a job and won a fellowship to spend a year at Harvard working on a book developing ideas she had germinated as my student.

There is Julie. Her kids were growing up and she wanted to sit in one of my classes to see if she was college material. I was there when she came in, weeping, to apologize because she had failed her first test, even though she had studied for two weeks. It doesn’t matter that I later told her she had gotten a D, or that on the next test she got a B. It doesn’t matter that in the end she decided against college after all. It does matter that I was there when she asked.

There is George, who started out in engineering, then switches to English because he decided he liked people better than things.He stayed for a master’s degree and now teaches high-school English.

These are real reasons why I teach these people who grow and change in my presence. Being a teacher is being there, being present at the creation, when the clay begins to breathe.
A “promotion” out of teaching would give me money and power. But I already get paid for doing things I enjoy most: reading books, talking with people, making discoveries and asking questions.

And I already have power to nudge, to fan sparks, to ask troubling questions, to praise an attempted answer, to condemn hiding from the turth, to suggest books, to point out a path. What other power matter?

Teaching also offers something else: it offers love. Not only the love of learning and of books and ideas, but also the love a teacher feels for that rare student who walks into the life of a teacher and begins to breathe.

(From “Reader’s Digest”)

admin Olga-ekb аватар

Прекрасный текст-признание. Получила истинное удовольствие, читая его. Ведь это так и есть. Благодарю, Зеля! Rose

shilko аватар

Девочки, как красиво, как-то до слез! Наверное, потому что чувствую, что растратила себя, когда сердце оказывается все-таки неровно дышит к этой професии.. Сколько мудрости в каждой строчке!
Зеля, Оля, спасибо! Rose

admin Olga-ekb аватар

Оль, я уверена, это просто такой период сейчас у тебя - а на самом деле и в твоей профессии есть прекрасные моменты. А это не может быть иначе: ведь ты общаешься с таким количеством людей со всего мира! И все на любимом английском. Winking