Teaching Quotes (470 Quotes)


    I witness the birth on paper of sentences that have eluded my will and appear in spite of me on the sheet, teaching me something that I neither knew nor thought I might want to know. This painless birth, like an unsolicited proof, gives me untold pleasure, and with neither toil nor certainty but the joy of frank astonishment I follw the pen that is guiding and supporting me.

    This is, in part, why there is less magic in the world today. Magic is secret and secrets are magic, after all, and years upon years of teaching and sharing magic and worse. Writing it down in fancy books that get all dusty with age has lessened it, removed its power bit by bit.


    Take an old man's word; there's nothing worse than a muddle in all the world. It is easy to face Death and Fate, and the things that sound so dreadful. It is on my muddles that I look back with horror - on the things that I might have avoided. We can help one another but little. I used to think I could teach young people the whole of life, but I know better now, and all my teaching of George has come down to this: beware of muddle.





    My passion for that recovery began when I was in grad school. I was assigned to read the women poets that Emily Dickinson read and I was hooked. I began obsessively reading 19th-century novels by women. There was a richness, humor and a detailed portrayal of the plight of women in 19th-century America. It became a cause for me to bring the possibility of teaching these writers at the college level to the forefront.



    I've learned that I really love a lot of the students here. I'm sure there's some teaching methods I've learned, some approaches I've learned. But what I know is I just really love the students here. They are so curious and outgoing and very seeking.

    I think the faculty will discuss it in their classes. It's a teaching moment, a learning moment. People will refer to this for a period of years, but time always makes things fade after it goes out of context, I think people will choose something else.

    Left to my own imagination, I could never have composed a scenario that was anywhere as interesting as my life has been starting out as an eager altar boy, a good Boy Scout, a relatively docile Dominican brother and priest, receiving an advanced degree in spirituality, teaching bishops and many others around the world about our Western spiritual tradition, and then ending up being expelled from the Dominican order.





    It's possibly true that all you need is a chance, but there's a typical path coaches follow. In terms of the coaching part, handling players at practice, teaching the schemes of football, I don't think that would change a bit no matter what. But recruiting is much different.

    A lot of what we do are things that only priests used to do. It involves doing many things alongside the pastor and the rest of the team in care of the parish things like some teaching, some sacramental preparation, visiting the sick, training people for roles in the ministry.

    To have a group of cloistered clinicians away completely from the broad current of professional life would be bad for teacher and worse for student. The primary work of a professor of medicine in a medical school is in the wards, teaching his pupils how to deal with patients and their diseases.



    How could I dare do something like this if I say I believe in God I can do that because I believe there are two separate issues here. One is the teaching of good science. The other is the teaching of creationism and I think that is important, too, but I think that should be taught in any other class or at church or at home ... not in science class.

    I'm very excited about (White) coming to be our quarterback coach. I've been very impressed, and I've talked with him about his philosophy, his fundamentals and the teaching progression that a quarterback or a group of quarterbacks goes through. He'll do a fine job in that area.


    When it comes to the name-calling and other things, I think that's below the dignity of the superintendent. That's something he has to stop. It's causing anger among the teaching staff.


    My preference is to keep him. He's done an awesome job. When the season's over, we'll sit down and talk, map out a plan and go from there. We're trying to find out if he has to take classes to work toward a teaching license. I appreciate the rule, (but) it can handicap small schools.

    Well, you know, to put forward a hypothesis, a morally impossible hypothesis to show why it is morally impossible and reprehensible seems to me is a standard way of talking about public policy and a standard way of teaching.




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