Great Quotes to Inspire Great Teachers
I must admit I have been a huge fan of Noah benShea's writing since encountering the book Jacob the Baker at a retreat at a street mission in Toronto many year ago. This book is very different than the Jacob series, and yet like everything I have read by Noah is full of wisdom, wisdom that will help you live a better life and be a better person. The difference is as a formal teacher and principal and someone with a lifelong focus on education this book is geared to teachers.
In my life I have been blessed with a few amazing teachers, many good teachers and luckily very few who were poor educators. As I read through this book I took inspiration and recalled fondly many teachers from my past, from grade school all the way to university in my late 30's. I also thought of a few friends who are currently teachers and the great work they do.
The collection of quotes in this book are narrowed down to 26 categories. Noah draws from his own writings, and from numerous motivational, historical and religious sources. The Specific chapters are:
1. The Art of Teaching
6. Collaboration and Teamwork
7. Communication and Conflict
12. Diversity, Culture, and Language
13. Gifted and Talented
16. Math and Science
17. Personal and Professional Develop.
18. Reading and Writing
20. School Safety
22. Stress, Rest, and Well-being
25. Time and Resources Management
26. Women in Education
This book can be read through from beginning to end, or picked up and randomly sampled. Like his other books that I have read I know I will come back to this one again and read it often, as such I can highly recommend it. On my first reading through I did not mark up the book. On the second I highlighted 19 quotes. And I will share some of those with you as a taste of what the book offers.
"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers . . . with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling . . ."
-Carl Gustav Jung
"When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier."
"Actions don't speak louder than words. They shout."
"Although our inattention can contribute to our lack of total well-being, we also have the power to choose positive behaviors and responses. In that choice we change our every experience of life! Every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being . . . physically, emotionally and spiritually."
-Greg Anderson (US basketball player)
"The essence of good behavior is thinking about what's also good for others."
"Character is less often something we grow into and more often where we grow from."
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one."
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
"We teach what we like to learn and the reason many people go into teaching is vicariously to re-experience the primary joy experienced the first time they learned something they loved."
"The word "no" carries a lot more meaning when spoken by a parent who also knows how to say "yes.""
"Two monologues do not make a dialogue."
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."
-Norman Vincent Peale
"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty."
"All leadership begins with self-leadership."
"Prayer is a path where there is none."
As can be seen from this sampling there is some amazing stuff in this little volume. A few of the quotes I had encountered before but there were many that were new to me. Some are applicable to my role as a father, and some as an employee and some for just being and learning to be better at being. I highly recommend this book.
Books by Noah Ben Shea:
Jacob the Baker
The Journey to Greatness and How to Get There
A Compass for Healing
A Compass for the Classroom
Great Quotes to Inspire Great Teachers
Great Jewish Quotes
Inspire, Enlighten & Motivate
The Word: Jewish Wisdom Through Time
What Every Principal Would Like To Say … And What To Say
A World Of Ways To Say I Do: Wedding Vows, Readings, Poems, and Customs from Different Traditions and Cultures
Remember This My Children
Dear Mom 2nd Edition
Deae Dad 2nd Edition
Prayer for Your Newborn
Author Profile interview with Noah benShea.