February 25th, 2021

27 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Teaching isn’t for the faint of heart, especially in a year of global pandemics, school shutdowns, and distance learning. While you might feel less connected with your students than ever, we want to remind you that you’re doing important work!

Our primary goal at GradeCam is always to make your job easier. And while we’re known for fast, effective, and affordable assessment solutions, we are always looking for ways to cheer teachers on in the classroom. 

We published our first collection of 30 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers more than two years ago, and followed it up with 24 Inspiration Quotes for Teachers last year. Those posts have been so popular, we couldn’t resist tracking down more words of wisdom and encouragement to motivate our teachers on even the toughest school day.

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27 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

"It's impossible to inspire students to live giant, meaningful, audacious lives if they don't think you're doing the same thing." - Jay Adams, Student Equals Human

"It isn't merely a job, but a quest to make an impact." - Kourtney Ferrua, Kate Barker, and Rachael George, Principaled

"Big things happen when we take the next best step… over and over again." - Jill Siler, Thrive Through The Five

"Every child has something they were put on Earth to do. Let's help them find it." - Dr. Joe Clark, If the Dance Floor is Empty, Change the Song

"Growth and improvement don't happen in comfort zones." - Bethany Petty

"Great teachers have higher expectations of you than you had of yourself. They can see something in you, you might not be able to see yourself.” - John Hattie

“We forget that if students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them.” - George Couros

“At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to be able to say that I contributed more than I criticized.” - Brene Brown, Dare to Lead

“I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.” - Brene Brown, Dare to Lead

“The first step toward a great answer is to reframe the question.” - Tom Kelley, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us

“I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don’t make up their minds, someone will do it for them.” - Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth.” - Helen Caldicott

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” - Robert John Meehan

“The only thing in your control is effort. That’s all and that’s everything.” - Mark Cuban

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” - Oprah Winfrey

“You don’t need a cape to be a hero. You just need to care.” - Kid President

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” - Nelson Mandela

"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. " - Fred Rogers

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” - Michelle Obama

"Generally what is more important than getting watertight answers is learning to ask the right questions.” - Madeleine L’Engle

“Great leaders practice balancing trust and autonomy while providing strong mentorship.” - George Couros

“Comfortable conformity can only be crushed with courage.” - Dave Burgess

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work.” - Stephen King

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” - Dan Rather

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” - B.B. King

“There is no failure. Only feedback.” - Robert Allen

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” - Karl Meninger

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