Education is mandatory. It’s a crucial component of existence, and without it, we simply would not be. Therefore, those who educate should be revered, hailed, and inspired.

Teachers, who are able-minded soldiers in the war against ignorance, are educators who provide education to students. They ongoingly provide a safe place for formal education, instructing students in the ways of-of literacy, numeracy, craftsmanship, the arts, religion, civics, community roles, vocational training, and other subjects for their own edification. Pedagogy, which is the theory and practice of education, is important to teachers, but this doesn’t mean that being a teacher isn’t a trying job.

It’s suggested that teacher enthusiasm likely facilitates higher levels of intrinsic motivation for students. A positive disposition and a self-determined manner are great ways to motivate learning, increase interest in subjects, and create a beneficial relationship with students. However, maintaining enthusiasm about teaching students, and the subject matter can be trying, particularly when misconduct and/or disciplinary concerns become an issue within the classroom. Teachers have a specific set of needs.

The greatest challenges new teachers face include struggling with classroom management, being burdened by curricular freedom, drowning in unsupportive environments, and institutions that scaffold success. More than that, teachers also deal with overcrowding, distracted students, cyberbullying, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (better known as NCLB), lack of parental involvement, minuscule salaries, and inadequate supplies.

In the face of these challenges, teachers deserve a boost. Below you’ll find a list of inspirational quotes to help guide them as they educate this nation’s children:

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” -Gail Goldwin

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” -Ever Garrison

“Before any great things are accomplished, a memorable change must be made in the system of education…to raise the lower ranks of society nearer to the higher.” -John Adams

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” -Socrates

“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

“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need the motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.” -Jim Rohn

“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.” -William Arthur Ward

“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.”

“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” -Mary Lou Retton

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”~Veronica A. Shoffstall

“Once you have learned to ask questions – relevant and appropriate and substantial questions – you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know.” -Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner