Teacher Is Like A Candle Essay About Myself

This is part of my 50 quotes series: 50 Quotes About Knowledge, 50 Quotes About Learning, 50 Quotes About Failure

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon” ~ E. M. Forster

“The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon.” ~ Anonymous

“We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience.” ~ Sasha Azevedo

“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” ~ Thomas Carruthers

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

“To teach is to learn twice over.”~ Joseph Joubert

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.~ Albert Einstein

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

“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.”  ~Kahlil Gibran

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~ Mark van Doren

“I’m m not a teacher but an awakener.” ~ Robert Frost

“Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.” ~ Marva Collins

When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.” ~ Marva Collins

“There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly.” ~ Lola May

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

“The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.” ~ Robert Brault

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

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

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since youcannot make yourself as you wish to be.” ~ Thomas A. Kempis

“The true aim of every one who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions,but to kindle minds.” ~ F. W. Robertson

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.” ~ Plutarch

“To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel

“You can pay people to teach, But you can’t pay them to care.” ~ Marva Collins

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

“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~ Richard Henry Dann

“You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.” ~ Aristophenes

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”  ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

“Sometimes one man with courage is a majority.”  ~ Andrew Jackson

“Thought flows in terms of stories – stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best story tellers. We learn in the form of stories.” ~ Frank Smith

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” ~ Josef Albers

“To teach is to learn twice.” ~ Joseph Joubert

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” ~ Louis Hector Berlioz

“Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” ~ Author Unknown

“Ye great teachers: listen to what you say!” ~ Goethe

“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” ~ Author Unknown

“A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.” ~ Buddha

“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.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” ~ Goethe

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

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” ~ Horace Mann

“Give me a fish and I eat for a day.  Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“The teachers who get “burned out” are not the ones who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating, but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead of the students at all times.” ~ Frank Smith

“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.” ~ Amos Bronson Alcott

“Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating.” ~ C.B. Neblette

“For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don’t want to learn much.” ~ W.C. Stellar

“The most important knowledge teachers need to do good work is a knowledge of how students are experiencing learning and perceiving their teacher’s actions.”  ~ Steven Brookfield

“You can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails.” ~ Anonymous

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

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"A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order than any other, because the pupils do not know who she's looking at."~ John R. Kemble, Four Hundred Laughs


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"Administrators need to shift from being controllers to enablers, so as to liberate the energies and talents of the teachers." ~ Steve Denning




"A gifted teacher is not only prepared to meet the needs of today's child, but is also prepared to foresee the hopes and dreams in every child's future." ~ Robert John Meehan




"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." ~ Brad Henry





"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others."~ Mustafa Kemal Ataturk


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"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank ... but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." ~ Forest Witcraft


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"A key to growing as a teacher is to keep company mainly with teachers who uplift you, whose presence inspire you and whose dedication drives you." ~ Robert John Meehan




"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." ~ Patricia Neal




"As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say."~ Author Unknown




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


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"A teacher has to be a prophet who can look into the future and see the world of tomorrow into which the children of today must fit." ~ Author Unknown




"A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn't go to waste." ~ Mr. Holland's Opus




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





"A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils." ~ Bill Bowerman




"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." ~ Thomas Carruthers





"A teacher's influence cannot be erased." ~ Author Unknown




"A teacher's job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded."~ D. Martin


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A Teacher's Wish:
"I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish."

~ "My Wish" by Rascal Flats





"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind,
and touches a heart."
~ Author Unknown




"A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes."~ Author Unknown


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"Being a new teacher is like trying to fly a plane while building it." ~ Rick Smith





"Being a teacher is a very colorful job."~ Heidi McDonald




"Discover wildlife: be a teacher!"~ Author Unknown





"Don't feel overwhelmed by the pyramid of work that is in front of you. Just remember to take one step at a time."~ Heidi McDonald





"Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed." ~ Marva Collins




"Do what you love. Love what you do!" ~ Author Unknown


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"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." ~ Charles R. Swindolls




"Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another." ~ Kenny Ausubel




"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." ~ John Lubbock




"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."~ Rita F. Pierson




"Every teacher is a reflection of his or her students." ~ Chris Walker




"Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own."~ Author Unknown




"Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon." ~ Ann Lieberman


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"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." ~ Alexander the Great



I AM A TEACHER:

- I refer to my past and present students as "My Kids."
- I am not in it for the income, I am in it for the outcome.
- It's who I am. It's my passion, my calling, and my world.

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