If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule,
they learn to be shy.
If children live with tolerance,
they learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement,
they learn confidence.
If children live with praise,
they learn to appreciate.
If children live with fairness,
they learn justice.
If children live with security,
they learn faith.
If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.
If children live with acceptance, and
they learn to find love in the world.
Copyright © 1972/1975 by
Dorothy Law Nolte
Education is understanding
George Washington Carver
The important thing is not to stop
To stimulate life, leaving it then free to
develop, to unfold,
herein lies the first task of the teacher.
The object of education is to prepare the
young to educate themselves
throughout their lives.
Being able to help someone learn
something is a talent.
Education's responsibility is to
replace an empty mind with an open one.
Teaching, is not just a job. It is a human
service, and it must be thought of as a mission.
Dr. Ralph Tyler
People seldom see the halting and
painful steps at which
the most insignificant success is achieved.
If you think education is expensive,
Derek Bok, President, Harvard
The greatest discoveries all start with
the question "Why?"
Dr. Robert D.
Be very, very careful what you put into that
because you will never, ever get it out.
Never let formal education get in the
way of your learning.
The only good is knowledge and the only
evil is ignorance.
Learning is not attained by chance, it must
be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence.
Adams - 1780
Education is what survives when what
has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner
Every individual matters. Every individual
has a role to play.
Every individual makes a difference.
If you think you can do a thing, or
think you can't do a thing; you're right.
What is the greatest sign of success
for a teacher...?
It is to be able to say, "The children are now
working as if I did not exist".
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
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.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to
awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
We make a living by what we get, but we
make a life by what we give.
The most important thing in
communication is to hear what isn't being said.
It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
A Good teacher Explains ... A Superior
teacher Demonstrates ...
A GREAT teacher Inspires.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over
again and expecting different results.
Adults are obsolete children.
The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day
of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for
teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An
angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure
this one out."
"Yes," said the Lord, " but have you read
the specs on this order?"
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being
... must run on coffee, coke and leftovers,
... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most
of the time
... must have more time for others than for herself/himself
... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic
children, and worried parents
... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not
... must have 6 pair of hands.
"Six pair of hands, " said the angel,
"Well, " said the Lord, " it is not the hands that are the
problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most
The angel looked incredulous, " Three pairs of
eyes...on a standard model?"
The Lord nodded His head, " One pair can see a
student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair
of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen,
but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child
as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, " I understand and I still
believe in you",
without so much as saying a word to the child."
"Lord, " said the angel, " this is a very
large project and I think
you should work on it tomorrow".
"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have
come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that
comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do
not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who
are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have
difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was
"It is too soft-hearted, " said the angel.
"Yes," said the Lord, " but also tough,
You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".
"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.
"Not only think," said the Lord,. "but
reason and compromise."
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model
and ran his finger
over the teacher's cheek.
"Well, Lord, " said the angel, your job looks
fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this
You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture
from the teacher's cheek.
It shone and glistened in the light.
"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a
"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel,
"What is a tear for?"
The Lord replied with great thought, " It is for the
joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for
the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for
the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to
reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in
themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year
and must say good-bye to those students
and get ready to welcome a new
"My, " said the angel, " The tear thing is
a great idea...You are a genius!!"
The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it
Whose Child Is This?
"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play.
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while.
To bathe his/her hands and comb his/her hair,
To tell him/her what he/she is to wear,
To prepare him/her that he/she may always be good,
And each day do the things he/she should".
"Whose child is this?" I asked again,
As the door opened and someone came in.
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile.
"Mine, to keep just for a little while.
To teach him/her how to be gentle and kind,
To train and direct his/her dear little mind,
To help him/her live by every rule,
And get the best he/she can from school".
"Whose child is this?" I asked once more,
Just as the little one entered the door.
"Ours", said the parent and the teacher as they smiled.
And each took the hand of the little child.
"Ours to love and train together.
Ours this blessed task forever."