Teachers and Teaching Sermon Illustrations

Teachers and Teaching Sermon Illustrations

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All teachers who now deserve the name, recognize that self-control is the ultimate moral object in training youth—a self-control independent of temporary artificial restraints, exclusions, or pressures, as also of the physical presence of a dominating person. To cultivate in the young their self-control should be the steady objectives of parents and teachers.—Charles W. Eliot, educator, former president Harvard University


Teach the pupil not only to answer questions but also to question answers.


Three candidates for a vocational agriculture teaching position were waiting to be interviewed. As they waited, the superintendent asked one of them, "And what do you think you're worth?" Somewhat on the spot, the candidate puzzled for a moment and then answered, $4,800. The superintendent's reply was an eye-opener to the hopeful teachers-to-be. Explained the chief administrative officer, "Our school board doesn't want to talk to any appli­cant who thinks he is worth less than $5,000 per year."


No amount of pay ever made a good soldier, a good teacher, a good artist, or a good workman.—John Ruskin


A wise teacher sends this note to parents at the start of the school year: "If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home."—Ike London, quoted by Kays Gary in Charlotte Observer


Ace teachers don't like hobbles and can't stand fences.—M. Dale Baughman


He is discerning, genuine, and kind,
In love with life, a seeker after truth,
Forever learning to delight the mind,
He leaves a priceless legacy to youth.

Not seeking to impress, nor yet to gain
The fleeting admiration of the snob,
He does not flaunt degrees as do the vain,
Intent on showing off before the mob.

His virtue lies in being what he seems,
A scholar and a gentleman at heart,
He never grows too old to share youth's dreams
And all the wistful longings they impart.

Possessed of gentle humor, wise and kind,
Aware of his responsibility,
He guards with patient care the growing mind
To nourish knowledge and integrity.—Mrs. Viney Wilder


Paying no attention to the red traffic light, the whizzing cars, or the policeman's outraged whistle, the little old lady marched across the street. Brakes squealed, horns blasted and the cop strode angrily up to her. "Say, lady," he growled, "didn't you see my hand raised? Don't you know what that means?"

"Well, I should hope I do: snapped the lady. "I've been teaching school for 25 years.—Texas Outlook


This is a moment I thought I had been waiting for ever since I was nine years old Finally, I thought, I'm going to get a chance to tell a lot of teachers what I think of them. At about the age of nine that was my life's ambition. There was a slight difference of opinion between me and one of my teachers. We compromised, of course. That is to say, she had her way. She had her way, but I said to myself: "Just wait. Someday when I'm grown up, I'm going to tell teachers what I think of them." I would have added "and but good: except that the phrase had not then been invented.

So now I'm grown up, and now I'm here, and for the life of me I can't remember what it was I was going to scold about. All I can remember are the nice things teachers did for me. I'm willing to bet it's that way with most of us.—Eric A. Johnston, Address at Chicago Regional AASA Convention


Prestige of the Teacher. Unfortunately, teachers are often made fun of by cruel cartoonists and thoughtless motion picture and TV experts. Teachers are subject often to unfavorable conversation in the home and in social groups. Young people are aware of all of this and when somebody suggests that they consider teaching as a career too many of them are likely to smile and say: "Who wants to be a teacher?" But I repeat, prestige must first be established before an adequate supply of teachers will be available, and only the public can guarantee prestige.—H. Claude Hardy, New York State Education


The makers of Burma Shave put up some signs not so long ago offering "a trip to Mars for 900 empty jars." A man in Appleton, Wisconsin, informed them he was busily collecting jars and would soon be ready to travel. Said the Burma Shave people: "A trip to Mars you may earn, but it does not include a return." When you teach you always get a return.


Need for Competent Teachers: The importance of com­petence on the part of each teacher is emphasized by the fact that the average elementary teacher who retires this year will probably have taught approximately 1000 American citizens, and the average high school teacher about 5000 persons. Let us examine the educational ill effects of only 100 ineffectual high school teachers who retire. Fifty thousand American citizens would not have received adequate instruction in the high schools.—William Alexander, president of ASCD, ASCD News Exchange


Once there was a teacher and let it be said at once that by all ordinary criteria he was a poor teacher. His appearance was farmer-like, weather-beaten, unpretentious. His tie frequently needed straightening.

He had none of the essentials that are supposed to make a good teacher. He had neither magnetic outgoing personality, nor evident enthusiasm for his subject, nor a clear speaking voice. He could hardly hold the interest of his students or enlist their active participation in classroom discussion or work.

While teaching, he remained seated throughout the hour. He seldom looked directly at his audience While lecturing he would stare out the window. He seemed to be absorbed in private thoughts most of the time while in the classroom. Nor was he free of distracting mannerisms—ruffling his shock of hair or pulling his moustache on too many occasions. Questions from the students were not discouraged, but neither were they invited. Who was this teacher?—John Dewey


Wanted, then, a teacher! As Professor James H. Canfield stated nearly 60 years ago, "Not a recitation-post, not a wind. vane, not a water gauge, not a martinet, not a pedant, nor a pedagog—the mere slave to the student, but, a teacher. One who is a combination of heart, and head, and artistic training, and favoring circumstances. One who has that enthusiasm which never calculates its sacrifices, and is willing to endure all things if only good may come. One who loves his work; who throws his whole soul into it; who makes it his constant and beloved companion by day and night, waking and sleeping; who can therefore see more in his work than can any other."—Dr. Lloyd N. Morrisett, Professor of Educational Administration, University of California, Los Angeles, California NITTA Newsletter

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