My students often ask me, "Why are you a teacher?" implying that teaching is a terrible career choice. I tell them in response, "I teach because I need you as much as you need me. I teach because once upon a time a teacher made a difference in my life, so I am here to make a difference for you." Sharon M. Draper
Sometimes the things we see as obstacles, as rocks in our path, are really opportunities, treasures in disguise. There is no easy path to success, no one right way to stack the stones. It is the journey that makes the difference. That is what we must teach our children, and that is what we must also learn. Sharon M. Draper
If you want to expand the world of your students, it's wise to find out what that world is, and what place they hold in their world. Only then can you lead them to the world of learning and opportunity. Sharon M. Draper
Feed the success rather than the failure. It seems so insignificant, but that is truly a miracle. We must insure that such miracles continue--one child at a time. We have the power. Sharon M. Draper
We are weavers ofsilken threads, makers of magic and dreams. We must look beyond the threads we sew daily, beyond the difficulties of making the threads blend, and into the intricate patterns of the finished tapestry, where our joy is illuminated, and our passions are decorated; where we are a small, but vital part of a well-told tale, a story of mystery and magic. We must never forget what the weaving is all about. We must never forget the joy. Sharon M. Draper
Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. Nikos Kazantzakis
Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers. Richard Bach
A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Thought flows in terms of stories -- stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories. -- Frank Smith
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. - Goethe
Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another. -- Marva Collins
In education it isn't how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know and it's knowing how to use the information you get. --William Feather
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. -- Horace Mann
They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel."- Carol Buchner
If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly. - Buddhist proverb
"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. --Josef Albers
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation. -- John F. Kennedy
Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three."--Confucius
Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. -- George Bernard Shaw
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. -- John Gardner
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. -- Kahlil Gibran
A very wise old teacher once said: "I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh." Gilbert Highet
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. --William Butler Yeats
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre. -- Gail Goldwin
Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.-- William Haley
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -- Benjamin Franklin
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. - Unknown
1. There's an old saying, "I wish I would have known then what I know now." What do you wish you would have known when you started teaching that you now know?
2. What was one of the biggest challenges you have faced while teaching and how were you able to overcome it?
3. You have won numerous high profile teaching awards over the years. What would you consider to be the "secret" of your success as a teacher? What did you do that average teachers often did not?
4. Many teachers have unique ways of addressing certain issues. For example, some teachers give simulations, some play specific games, and others design new report cards with multiple grades to give parents more info. What unusual methods or strategies did you incorporate in your classroom that may be different than average teachers, but that you have found to be highly effective?
5. Can you tell me a little bit more about the infamous Draper Paper. What made it so tough? So tough students who have passed it donned "I Survived The Draper Paper".
6. Do you believe the education system is challenging middle and high school students enough when it comes to their writing skill and reading levels? If yes, a little bit about why. If no, what small things could educators and those of us interested in assisting students, do to help young people better express themselves through writing?
7. I'd like to ask you about your book, Teaching from the Heart. Can you gives us a few of the more unique teaching gems from that book that teachers could incorporate to improve?
8. Another one of your books is called Not Quite Burned Out, But Crispy Around the Edges. Can you talk a little bit about that book and give us a couple of examples from it that may help discouraged teachers?
9. One of the biggest problems for beginning teachers is classroom management. Teachers are often afraid to let the students get out of their seats for fear of losing control. How then can teachers incorporate active learning and fun assignments while still maintaining rules and standards of behavior?
10. An English teacher from disadvantaged high school comes to you for advice. Her students can read the words well enough, but their comprehension of literary works is awful. She wants to know some specific techniques that you used that helped students better comprehend literature. What are your suggestions to her?
11. You were one of the first teachers in the nation to receive National Board Certification in English/Language Arts. Can you talk a little about what is learned during National Board Certification that would benefit veteran teachers who think they might not need it?
12. Where do you stand on standardized tests?
13. How would you suggest we change the system as it now exists?
1. What is your philosophy of teaching and writing?
2. You have been very successful with your books for young adults and middle-grades readers. Why should students read books other than "the classics," how did you get started as an author, and how can teachers implement your books into their classrooms?
3. How important are the humanities and books that are considered 'classics/ play in the development of good readers and even better writers?
4. What books have you read that helped shape and influence you as a teacher and what did you take from each one?
5. Why should literature be taught in the classroom? If the goal is to improve students' writing skills, grammar, spelling, critical thinking, organization of ideas, etc., why use literature and not something more practical?
6. What is the importance of the creative spirit in both students and teachers?