Effective Teaching: How to Inspire and Motivate your Students

If teaching was easy, anyone could do it.

Great teachers put no limits on a student’s potential.

A mediocre teacher tells;
A good teacher explains;
A superior teacher demonstrates;
A great teacher inspires.

Your position won’t win the student: your disposition will.

Minimize the student’s deficiencies while maximizing his gifts.

A student, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to his former shape.

Stimulate….but don’t suffocate.

Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

If a teacher fails to gain the students respect, the student will not succeed in the classroom:
students do not learn from a teacher they dislike.

Love, like a sneeze, cannot be hidden:
if you do not love your students, they will know it.

Don’t teach subjects: teach students.

Resolve to see the best in your students –
and you will win the battle for their affection.

Your example is not the main influence on your students:
  it’s the only influence.

A positive attitude wields more influence than instructional technique.

When you enter your classroom – smile…..
…..and don’t blame the mirror if your face looks unhappy.

Of all you may wear in the classroom,
your expression is the most important.

The surest way to knock a chip off a student’s shoulder is a pat on the back.

Always be a little kinder than necessary.

Fill your classroom with encouraging words: don’t assume they hear them at home.

Remember that a student’s homework is often influenced by his home life.

No teacher has ever been accused of encouraging their students too much.

Don’t shed tears for students who try and fail;
only for those who fail to try.

Make your questions clear and your answers crystal.

Allow your students a glimpse into your life and they may allow you a glimpse into theirs.

Your vocal tone must communicate respect.

Memorize the names of each student –
and learn something special about each one.

Always be more prepared than you have to be.

Proper planning prevents perturbed pupils.

Hold yourself to a higher standard of teaching than anyone expects of you.

Elaborate assignments cannot compensate for poor teaching.

Excellence in teaching is never accidental.

Proactive teachers possess, competence, character, creativity, and compassion.

To REALLY listen is the highest form of praise a teacher can offer.

Encouragement is the most powerful force in the classroom.

A sense of humor may open the door to the heart of a shy student.

Never laugh at an answer…..unless it was meant to be funny.

Never belittle a student: to belittle is to BE LITTLE.

Teach your students to view the word “CAN’T” as a dirty, four-letter word.

Tread carefully: an overemphasis on achievement will force
students to gauge their self-worth by their accomplishments.

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

You cannot motivate a student without motivating yourself.

Satisfaction in teaching is directly related to student response.

If you refuse to accept anything but the students best effort, you will get it.

Teach your students the value of the unanswerable questions in life.

Your goal as a teacher is to work yourself out of a job:
to empower the students to get along without you.

Students are ambassadors we send to a time we will not see.

I am not a teacher…..only a fellow traveler of whom you have ask directions.

Pray that one day you will be graduate to be counted among your student’s friends.


He who teaches the Bible without the Holy Spirit has feet but no wings. Anointed learning produces anointed teaching.You will never lift a student above your own level of spirituality, for you cannot project a hope you do not possess. Instilling a love for God’s Word demands the involvement of God’s Spirit. When you teach the Bible, you hold eternity in your hand, for the Holy Spirit does not age. The Bible is the anvil – and it has worn out a thousand hammers. It remains the sole standard by which all other textbooks are to be measured. The Spirit of God is the only One who can reveal to you the true exegesis and interpretation of a text. Leave out the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and you are forced to rely on commentators and dead languages to form your conclusions. When you give the Spirit second place, your teaching becomes second rate. Forsake the directions you can receive only through intimate prayer, and you reduce the gift of teaching God’s Word to the status of an ordinary job. Effectual Bible teaching is best proven in real-life situations when the Holy Spirit translates Biblical truth into meaningful personal experiences in the life of a student.

Maxim of the Moment

Rare is the one you can long hold dear.