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Living with a high school teacher is probably not that different from living with a coal miner. They are down the shaft, they are cleaning up from being down the shaft, or they are preparing to return to the shaft.
*edited to add touchstones
Elizabeth Alexander, President Obama's Inauguration
doesn't get much better than that...
"Suicide can have serious side effects."
and on those days I'm wondering "what was I thinking??" - "Things are not as they are, but as we are." Emerson
and one of my favorites.. "Shouting at a bud does not make a flower blossom more."
just keep teaching :-)
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Jason had said look at the letter carefully, draw it on the tablet, or on the sand of the playground. You will see, it has magic.
"Be respectful to your teachers," he said to us. "And you, Antonio," he smiled, "suerte." It made me feel good. Like a man.
The Gates by John Connolly
John Stuart Mill quoted in A Small Furry Prayer by Steven Kotler
Lily White by Susan Isaacs
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
Sweetie by Kathryn Magendie
The Dark Half by Stephen King
But I'm having a really hard time with my English courses this semester, can't seem to find the time to read it all. I just want to ask one professor if we can pause the syllabus for a day or two, so we all can catch up. But the truth is, most people probably wouldn't even take advantage of it. I'm constantly thinking of ways to avoid this problem in the future. How will I get my students to read the assignments ON TIME?
She reminds me of that big, white, ugly schoolteacher. The kind that nobody ever wants to marry.
I feel a hard fist in my chest because what person out there don't remember they first-grade teacher? Maybe they don't remember what they learn, but I'm telling you, I done raised enough kids to know, they matter.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
A truly good teacher can mean the difference between a happy life and a tragic one. A truly good teacher can see the hidden light in eyes that may seem hooded to the rest of the world and even to him or her who possesses them.
But evil teachers--those who derive joy from inflicting harm, who want others to suffer because they themselves have suffered--deserve to be punished, not only in the next world, but in this one as well.
Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks
"...and what is done with love is well done." ~Vincent Van Gogh
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
"Vigorous. It's appalling that we have to do it at all."
"As a teacher you can't get away with not doing it. Students might tell on you. If they don't like you, they might even turn you in for something you didn't do."
"I know of a teacher in Oberkassel who was demoted. Two others in Krefeld were fired."
"The students..." Ingrid nodded. "It gives them too much power. If they misunderstand something or are angry about their grades...It's dangerous for teachers to be strict."
"But if you can't demand work from them, they learn less."
"At least I don't have to teach history. It's too easy to make mistakes there."
"Like telling the truth?"
His first-grade teacher, Sister Mathilde, was quoted as saying, "The murderer spent most of his school years in the corner, his back to the rest of the class."
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Not sure where I got this from. But I wrote it in my collection. It struck a chord with me.
* * Also this one: "The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of new ideas, never returns to it's orginal size". Oliver Wendell Holmes
I love to use this quote during open house.
* * * "Kids are like horses - in that things go alot easier if you get their respect from the outset rather than trying to demand it after they start seeing
what they can get away with." Half Broke Horse by Jeanette Walls
* * * * And finally: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein
Everyone wandered off into the maze of smashed concrete, shooting photos or writing in notebooks, and Naboulsi ended up scuttling around like a despairing third-grade teacher who had lost his field trip.
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
Hmmm... pick the right career, buddy?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Her response was immediate. "My dear! Why would you want to do that?" In the one-way conversation that followed, she explained that teaching was an acceptable fate only if there was no alternative. She listed her reasons. First there was the issue of finding an amenable situation. Then there was always the fear of losing the position. "It happens all the time, and where does that leave a young woman? To be thrown out on the street? No, no, no! A girl such as yourself wants marriage."
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
If Jack's in Love by Stephen Wetta
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Pretending to struggle with the laces made him think about Mrs. Carroll, the kindergarten teacher who had once warned him that he would not graduate to first grade until he had learned to tie his shoes and recite his telephone number by heart. He recalled the stress that her demands had placed on his six-year-old psyche and smiled.
Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
"I bet you were a good teacher."
"Yes, I was. But most importantly I remained one for a long time."
The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
Cell by Stephen King
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
In the new teacher she found another true and helpful friend. Miss Stacy was a bright, sympathetic young woman with the happy gift of winning and holding the affections of her pupils and bringing out the best that was in them mentally and morally. Anne expanded liked a flower under this wholesome influence and carried home to the admiring Matthew and the critical Marilla glowing accounts of school work and aims.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
"Teach, teach, teach!" Gloria cried. "Till I dropped in harness! Like the rest of 'em!"
"Children of Banner School! It's the first day for both of us. I'm your teacher, Miss Julia Mortimer. Nothing in this world can measure up to the joy you'll bring me if you allow me to teach you something."
Losing Battles by Eudora Welty
"Get a Clue, Think it Through"
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson