Quotations About Teaching

Excellent quotations on teaching from Charles French!

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“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”




“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

                                                                            Malala Yousafzai



“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

                                                                            Dalai Lama XIV


“And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.”

                                                 Geoffrey Chaucer

                                  “General Prologue,” The Canterbury Tales


“Teaching is not a job; it is a calling, a profession to which one’s life is dedicated.”


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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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37 Responses to Quotations About Teaching

  1. A good collection! I hate hearing, “Anyone can teach.” … but I won’t pontificate. 😉

  2. Darlene says:

    All good and applicable!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    thanks for those inspirational quotes!

  4. I wholeheartedly concur!

  5. Charles finds so many great quotes. Thanks for sharing these, Jennie. 🙂

  6. Marvelous. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Hugs on the wing!

  7. beetleypete says:

    Charles does it again! Thanks, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. Ellen says:

    Charles French has gathered some wonderful quotes about teaching not the least of which is his very own! I like it so very much that I am tempted to make a slight alteration and keep it for myself by substituting “nursing” for “teaching”…but that would be most unseemly would it not? I must add one more quote that YOU beautifully exemplify : “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren. Thank-you!

  9. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much!

  10. srbottch says:

    I like the Dalai-Lama’ quote. Oh , hell, they’re all good. From all my experience in education, as student, a teacher and a parent, I’ve repeatedly said, ‘a good teacher is worth his/her weight in gold’. You’re a great example. Back up your car to Fort Knox and help yourself!

  11. petespringerauthor says:

    They’re all excellent quotes, but my favorite two are Charles’s and Aristotle’s thoughts.

  12. Mireya says:

    yes, I heard a teacher say it’s Friday thank you! Myself included, and I felt bead because deep down I know if I am thinking this then surely, I am doing it wrong.

  13. Charle’s quote is so true, and you like Norah, Ritu and many others are witnesses for it. Thanks, and best wishes! xx Michael

  14. Kally says:

    This definitely brightens my day. Thank you, Jennie!

  15. Jennifer.Wu says:

    I used Malala’s memoir for my 7th grade English class last year to teach growth mindset! Loved her passion to learn and appreciation for education.

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