One of my favorite pastimes is going to Barnes and Noble and browsing—especially in the clearance section. Last week I discovered a little book entitled The Gift of Teaching for $5.98. I guess it caught my eye since I had been reflecting upon the school year that just ended. It is a gem and is filled with quotations. And that leads me to another pastime—copying down quotations when I read.  I have framed quotations in my university office and in my Tatianna office. So I just had to have the book!

The book is divided into such chapters as Art of Teaching, Partners in Learning, In the Classroom, A Love of Learning, Wisdom and Inspiration, and Rewards of Teaching. Here are a few of my favorites:

Use fewer examinations, fewer quizzes, and more essay assignments. You don’t know anything about a subject until you can put your knowledge into some kind of expression. –Wayne C. Booth, American writer

The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. –Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.—Charles W. Eliot, American educator

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it—and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again—and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more. –Mark Twain, American humorist

The world is one great university. From the cradle to the grave we are always in God’s great kindergarten—where everything is trying to teach its lesson. –O.S. Marden, American writer

A teacher’s major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student’s grandchild. –Wendell Berry, American poet and teacher

Book Drawing: I invite you to stop by Ingrid King’s blog, Conscious Cat–where I was a guest on June 2. Comment on the interview by June 9 and be entered in a drawing for a complimentary copy of Tatianna–Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend, autographed of course!

Bountiful Blessings!