Teachers and Teaching Sermon Illustrations

Teachers and Teaching Sermon Illustrations

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John Steinbeck tells of a teacher who taught him in Salinas. "She aroused us," he says, "to shouting, book-waving discussions. We never could stick to ... the chanted recitation of memorized phyla. Our speculation ranged the world. She breathed curiosity into us so that we brought in facts or truths shielded in our hands like captured butterflies ...I have had many teachers who told me soon-forgotten facts, but only three created in me a new thing, a new attitude, a new hunger." He concludes by saying, 'What deathless power lies in the hands of such a person."


Good teaching is like throwing burrs at a blanket, and poor teaching like throwing beans.—R. L. Cooley, Bulletin, Wisconsin Association of Secondary School Principals


A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his in­fluence stops.—Henry Adams


'Tis noble to be good, 'ifs nobler to teach others to be good —and easier.—Mark Twain


Teachers pretend to know more than they do; they talk a great deal repeating the talk of the texts. The students repeat the talk of the talk of the text talkers.—Nathaniel Cantor, Educational Forum


One teacher received the following note (as an excuse for tardiness):

"Dear Teacher. Please excuse John for being late. His uncle died last night and we had a hard time waking him up this morning."—Ralph O. Ramstad, Minneapolis Federation of Men Teachers News Bulletin


There are only two classes of teachers, so far as compensation is concerned—those who are underpaid, and those who have no business in the classroom. It is impossible to place a cash value on the influence of a good teacher. By good teacher we do not necessarily mean those of high academic training, desirable as the training may be. The good teacher is a pleasant, understanding person who not only is skilled in the art of presenting subject-matter but one who just as skillfully, by precept and example, leads children into desirable habits and attitudes.—Robert E. McKinney, Speech to Southern Division, Illinois Education Association

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