Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher


“A teacher is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.”  ~W. H. Auden

“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”  ~Malala Yousafzai

“I touch the future. I teach.”  ~Christa McAuliffe

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Thanks to my friend Charles French (who is both a fine writer and a teacher, by the way) for the 3 Quote Challenge. I meant to post this last month for World Teachers’ Day. (I’m turning in yet another late assignment!) But, then, teachers are always teaching.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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27 Responses to Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

  1. Hmmm… the 3 quote challenge… I like that! Is it ‘making the point in three quotes?’ Or are there other ground rules?

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  2. tabitha59reachingout says:

    Can I be honest here? Again! Personally, I think it’s sad that your teacher felt he or she had to correct the sweet gift/note you gave her. I believe a great teacher would focus on the heart of the gift and wait until your English class before he or she worked on your punctuation, etc. I can’t help but think all those corrections (on a gift !!!)would have hurt a child. Maybe you’re a tough guy, but if I was a teacher and I got a note like that, I would have felt mean spirited to write all those corrections down and hand it back to you. Okay, so there you have it. 🙂 Debbie

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    • mitchteemley says:

      If it makes you feel any better, Debbie, the note’s not real. I created it (sorry!). Just having fun with the idea of a teacher who can’t help making corrections. I’m sure most of the real Mrs. Ks of the world would restrain themselves, albeit with difficulty, from correcting a note like that.

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      • tabitha59reachingout says:

        Oh, for heavens sake! You had me completely fooled. 🙂 Well, I am glad “she” isn’t real. Now I am laughing. Have a great day! 🙂

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  3. tabitha59reachingout says:

    oops! SHE. Your teacher was a “she”. My grammar error. Ha! 🙂

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  4. This made me LOL. I was a teacher in public education for 15 years(middle school and high school) and have just recently “stopped” being a teacher “professionally”…..in that scope anyway. I can so relate to this note because now I have a son who is 5 and started kindergarten this year and I’m learning how to be the “parent” and not the teacher. His teacher taught me/us it’s okay for him to write everything out phonetically instead of correctly, which I didn’t know was “the right thing to do” and when I helped him on his first few homework assignments I kept correcting his spelling…..until he told me I wasn’t supposed to, LOL.

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  5. Delyn Merce says:

    Good teachers rule! And the cruel ones…there’s a special place for them south of everywhere 🙂

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  6. I knew you created it, knowing your humor, and creativity. Thank you for the compliment. I’m a teacher and always a teacher, but with age, comes the wisdom – teach with intention of teaching without the logistic of what your “teacher” did to you.

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  7. Mitch,

    I think it was Woody Allen who wrote: “Those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.”

    Nice post.

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  8. Laura Grace says:

    I was recently and temporarily hired as a music teacher even though I am not certified, and have no experience. This school quite simply, has no music teacher so I was offered the job. It’s quite the challenge, and an unexpected one at that. Hence, I have not had as much time to write and pursue other passions. It’s a marvelous opportunity, one I’m sure to remember. I have great respect for good teachers.

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  9. W. H Auden once went to Sunday School in my church. Before they moved to U.S.A. Of course. But I never read that quote. That’s one to look up. Thank you’

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  10. This is fantastic. The best teachers cannot be taught, they teach because they love to do so and they cannot help but do anything else!

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  11. “A teacher is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.” ~Never heard this before, I love it!!!

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