“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
I could not agree with this quote more. Every student has had different styles of teaching their whole life. Some teachers can make coming to school a not very pleasant experience, where other educators teach you what you need to know but it does not stick in your head very well and some teachers have the ability to inspire you to reach your maximum potential. I was very lucky that in high school I had a teacher that had the ability to inspire me everyday I saw him. I was lucky enough to be in his class for three straight years. Mr. Caswell treated everyone with such a high level of respect and never lost his cool. He had the ability to discipline you without raising his voice. He was very approachable and easy to talk to, if I ever needed someone to talk to he was the first person I would go to. After I witnessed the effect he had students, I was certain that I wanted to be a teacher so I could be a role model for students.
“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
This is another good quote that relates to teachers. In school there are some students who do not apply themselves to school and are not motivated. In high school I would see many teachers give up on students while they were struggling, or failing to meet expectations. I understand that teaching a student that does not have the same passion for learning as yourself may be difficult, but I believe that at a time like this, is when it is most vital for a teacher to step in and help out a student who may not graduate if you do not provide some assistance.
“ Success is never certain, and failure is never final”
This is one my favourite quotes of all time. I think it is the perfect example of no matter where you are at in life it will not determine your final destination. Just because things are not going your way in that particular instance doesn’t mean that you are doomed forever. Or just because you are succeeding in the moment, doesn’t mean that if you fail to work you will have continued success.