These teacher quotes for students are designed to help them think differently about their current situation – whether that’s in experiencing failure, lack of motivation or simply wondering what learning is all about.
One of my favorite tasks to do as a teacher was to give students quotes (either related to the text that we were studying or ones I had found from nowhere) and to get them to explore what they meant to them.
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Often we would use these quotes as a springboard for creative writing. When later I got into explicitly teaching growth mindset, I’d also use quotes for students to help them engage with the ideas we were discussing.
These teacher quotes for students are to use in similar situations: when you want to encourage reflection or discussion. They’re also great for when you want a wise rejoinder for that kid who knows everything!
Teacher quotes for students
There is no failure. Only feedback. – Robert Allen
You can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails. – Anonymous
Learning is not a spectator sport. – D. Blocher
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. – Chinese proverb
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself. – Galileo
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge…If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. – Khalil Gibran.
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. – Khalil Gibran
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King
You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety. – Abraham Maslow
Questions are for the benefit of every student, not just the one raising his hand. – Ann Patchett
The meaning of life is to find your gifts. The purpose of life is to give them away – Pablo Picasso
The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. – H.G Wells
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn. – T.H. White (The Once and Future King)
Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself. – Virginia Woolf
Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar
These teacher quotes for students deal with situations of failure, motivation, and the joy of learning.
They’ll look great on your wall or as a saying you whip out every now and again when the time is right.
I hope you enjoy them!
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