Teaching in the modern world is a complex and rewarding profession. Teachers are responsible for shaping the minds of the next generation, from getting little kids interested in the sciences to help teenagers decide which specific branch of philosophy they should pursue in their future studies, and so much more.

The teaching tradition can be traced back to Confucius (561 B. C.) who was arguably the first private teacher. It also has strong roots in ancient Greece with many famous thinkers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle developing some of the foundational principles of the profession. One of them is the famous Socratic method based on a debate or dialogue between two individuals, designed to develop critical thinking skills through a series of questions that draw out ideas an assumption.

How to stay motivated in teaching.

Today, fantastic teachers are needed more than ever to work with the next generation of young people and help them to become inquisitive young adults. So, whether you’re a Science or an English teacher, teaching assistant or primary school teacher, we have compiled the top 10 inspirational quotes to serve as a little reminder and motivation for your next day in the classroom. 

  • Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. – Confucius, Philosopher

  • Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. – Rita Pierson, Educational Trainer

  •  The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Activist

  •  Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. -  Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist

  •  The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. – Jean Piaget, Psychologist

  •  One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai, Activist

  •  Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – Japanese Proverb

  • The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds hard to answer. – Alice Wellington Rollins, Author

  • Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert, Author

  • The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William A. Ward, Writer