As the end of the school year draws nearer, it can be difficult to maintain focus. It’s not just our students that tend to wind down, us educators do too! But, we must not waste these essential last few weeks, so to help you stay motivated and inspired, we have listed our top 10 education quotes. Do you have a favorite?
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
― Mark Twain
We like this quote because it emphasizes that school is important but it is not the only place where we can learn. Putting ourselves out there, outside of the classroom provides such a valuable learning experience.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
This is one of our favorites because you should never underestimate the power education can have on the world. Wisdom and knowledge are what is going to change the world for the better, not conflict or force.
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
― Robert Frost
Never underestimate the power of being able to control oneself. Being able to control your temper is a skill that needs to be taught more in schools. Listening skills are also forgotten sometimes, this an essential lesson that our students need to master to be successful. Standing up for yourself and what you believe in yet respecting different opinions is a true sign of maturity.
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead
Our job as teachers is to impart knowledge to our students but we must not simply talk at them. They must be taught how to think and not funneled information. If they are not taught this, how will they be able to continue learning and growing after they have left school?
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
One of our favorite quotes because it emphasizes that learning is not a race. The learning process is specific to each student and there is no one way that will work for everyone. We are all different and need to go at our own pace.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Have you ever studied for a test that you were very much uninterested in? It’s a chore, time seems to go by so slowly and no matter how much coffee you have had, you can’t keep your eyes open. That’s because your heart is not in it, you’re not passionate. Teachers need to educate our student’s hearts to get them fully engaged and engrossed in the learning process.
“[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson
Your students will look up to you, you’re a role model for them. Building relationships with them first is crucial. If you want them to listen and respect you, you have to allocate time to get to know them on a personal level.
“Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
― E.M. Forster
Students need guidance but they shouldn’t be handheld. Mistakes teach us the best lessons and if students are constantly protected from making errors, then how will they learn how to fix them and not make them again? Time should be put aside for independent learning, they need to use their initiative.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
― Henry Ford
You can be young or old but either way, it is essential you continue learning. The world is constantly changing and developing so why should we stop? Don’t get left behind.
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
― Jim Rohn
Teachers should reinforce learning outside of the classroom. The school walls can be limiting. Encourage students to take part in extracurricular activities that they enjoy, take risks and make mistakes. This is the true process of learning.