Inspirational Quotes for Teachers/School Leaders
Updated: Apr 15
'The most basic human desire is to feel like you belong. Fitting in is important.'
'Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.'
Neil Patrick Harris
“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”
"Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire."
"One must champion oneself and say, I am ready for this!”
Moira from Schitt's Creek
“are values lived or laminated?”
Teaching, it turns out, is a team sport, where teachers make each other better fastest by building culture & sharing insights.
“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.”
“On teaching:...the job seems to require the sort of skills one would need to pilot a bus full of live chickens backwards, with no brakes, down a rocky road through the Andes while simultaneously providing colorful and informative commentary on the scenery.”
― Franklin Habit
“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping, & fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body & bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.”
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
“I think that a childhood can sometimes last a lifetime.”― Michael Rosen, Fantastic Mr Dahl
“A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
“A bad curriculum well taught is invariably a better experience for students than a good curriculum badly taught: pedagogy trumps curriculum. Or more precisely, pedagogy is curriculum, because what matters is how things are taught, rather than what is taught.”
― Dylan Wiliam
“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John R. Wooden
“Educators are the only people who lose sleep over other people’s kids.” –Nicholas A. Ferroni
“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”
“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” –Michael Morpurgo
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry B. Adams
“Leadership is always about people.”
“The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.”
“Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.”
"Children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them makes an impression."
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
Leonardo da Vinci
"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind."
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."
A life worth living, and work worth doing - that is what I want for children (and all people), not just, or not even, something called 'a better education.
“You have to fill your bucket with positive energy—and if you have people hanging around you that are bringing you down and not lifting you up, whether that’s your ‘boo’ or your best friend—you have to learn how to push these people to the side,"
The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
Jean Piaget, Psychologist
Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. -
Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Activist
Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
Rita Pierson, Educational Trainer