Teachers and Teaching Sermon Illustrations

Teachers and Teaching Sermon Illustrations

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My advice to pupils who thirst for knowledge: "Squeeze the teacher for her last drop of thought-provoking and curiosity-sharpening talents."—M. Dale Baughman


If you can't be the best teacher in your school, make the best one hustle to stay ahead of you.


The good teacher is someone who can understand those not very good at explaining and explain it to those not very good at understanding.—W. A. Palmer, Homorton College, Scottish Education Journal


A young teacher may choose his wife by moonlight, but it isn't very wise to select his teaching position with no more illumination that that.—M. Dale Baughman


In these days of teacher shortages getting a teaching position is good deal like going into a restaurant with friends. You get what you order and then when you see what the other fellow has, you wish you had his.—M. Dale Baughman


A mechanical teacher, which resembles a pinball machine, is developed in California. The other kids will be complaining that it never lights up the "Tilt" sign for teacher's pet.


Even a profound knowledge of the subject is comparatively unimportant, except in advanced work; a brisk, idle man with a knack of exposition and the art of clear statement can be a scandalously effective teacher.—Arthur Christopher Benson, The Schoolmaster


We are frequently getting letters from parents praising their children's teacher—and one especially contained a most memorable statement. This mother wrote about two teachers. One, she said, had been intellectually stimulating to the point that her daughter became an honor student. The other teacher, because of her great patience and perceptive understanding, had helped her son to overcome extreme shyness to become a leader in the class. This thoughtful mother closed her letter with these words: "The power of a good teacher as an instructive force is almost awesome."—Dr. Carl F. Hansen, Editorial, Journal of Teacher Education


Is there some fact or story you want your fifth-grade pupils to know without fail?

Then have the information printed on bubble gum wrappers.—M. Dale Baughman


I venture the assertion that teachers constitute the most unwisely utilized professional group in this country. The ablest and poorest of them are utilized in exactly the same fashion.—Henry David, Teachers College Record


I would rather have my students within 50 feet of a great teacher than within 5 feet of a nonentity.—College President, Seven Studies, National School Boards Association


The willingness to "stand by" just in case help is needed—stand by without interfering.

The ability to love and accept every child as he is, while you sense what he can be.

That saving bit of humor which adds a light touch.

The time to be an avid listener.

One eye that doesn't see quite everything and an ear that misses what you shouldn't hear.

Your consistency, with rare and happy lapses.

The fact that you are only human—and make mistakes, too.

The respect you show each individual—and the dignity with which you treat them.
Your resolve to work with each member of your class with faith, hope, and no little charity.—Author Unknown


The best teacher is . . . the one who kindles an inner fire, arouses moral enthusiasm, inspires the student with a vision of what he may become and reveals the worth and permanency of moral and spiritual and cultural values.—Harold Garnet, American School Board Journal


The faculty committee was organizing the order of examinations. It was decided that the harder subjects should be placed first in the list and that history should have the final place. The woman teacher of history protested stoutly:

"But," declared the chairman, "it most certainly is one of the easiest subjects."
With an air of resoluteness the young lady shook her head and announced firmly,

"Not the way I teach it. Indeed, according to the methods I use, it is a most difficult study and extremely perplexing."


Dear Lord! Help me to become the kind of teacher my principal would like me to be.

Give me that mysterious something which will enable me at all times to satisfactorily explain policies, rules, regulations and procedures to my students even though they never were explained to me!

Help me to teach, guide, and train the dim-witted, uninterested, stubborn, and reluctant without ever losing my patience or my temper!

Teach me to smile if it kills me!

Make me a better builder of men by helping me to develop larger and greater qualities of tolerance, understanding, sympathy, wisdom, perspective, mind-reading and equanimity!

And when, dear Lord, I shall have become the paragon of teaching virtue in this mortal world—Dear Lord, move over! Amen.


I took a piece of human clay,
And gently formed it day by day,
And molded, with my skill and art,
A young child's soft and yielding heart.
I came again when days were gone—
It was a man I gazed upon.
The form I gave him still he bore,
But I could change him nevermore.—Author Unknown


Teaching is an art, not a science; a duty, not a business; a personality, not a voice; an outright gift, not a calculated exchange.—Cecil Cragg, Queens Quarterly


Every child has a right to success—he also has a right to failure. It is the teacher's job to try to help him strive for the right right.

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