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Inspiring Teaching Quotes

By VIPKid  |  November 24, 2020

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Each day our VIPKid teachers log in and help shape an educational journey for thousands of VIPKid students. Their mentorship and connections with their students inspires us to continue to make VIPKid the leader in online education. We’ve recently been looking into our favorite inspirational quotes about teaching, but we’d also love to hear what our teachers have to say.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He is best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2  which has been called as “the world’s most famous equation”

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist whose career spanned more than 50 years. Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, with her groundbreaking writings, the critically acclaimed author also revolutionized the autobiography genre. 

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. – Mark Van Doren, American professor and scholar, who wrote a number of influential pieces of poetry. Van Doren inspired a number of authors including those associated with the Beat Generation like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin, American  writer, printer, politician, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Among his many inventions were the lighting rod and bifocal glasses. 

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. – Lily Tomlin, American comedian, writer, actress, singer, and producer whose career began in 1969. 

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. – Amos Bronson Alcott, American teacher, writer, philosopher, who pioneered new approaches to teaching and interacting with younger students by encouraging a conversational style of teaching and avoiding traditional punishment. Father to Louisa May Alcott, the author of the popular book Little Women. 

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Xun Kuang, Chinese educator and philosopher during the Western Zhou Dynasty during the 3rd century BCE. Xun Kuang emphasized that his students learn a strong moral compass in addition to their academic pursuits.  

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. – Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician from the early 18th century. 

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth. – Dan Rather, American journalist, former, White house correspondent, and nightly news anchor. 

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. – Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, poet, and visual artist.

Below are a few of our favorite proverbs about education and teaching…

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. – Chinese Proverb

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. – Unknown

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – Japanese proverb

Teachers who love teaching teach children who love learning. – Unknown

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. – Chinese proverb 

Is there a quote or phrase that inspires you? Reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and let us know your favorite quotes that keep you inspired, or, if you have one you’ve written yourself, we’d love to hear it!

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