Making a Difference in Students’ Lives


  In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the recruiting season, ISR proposes we step back to take stock in the role that WE, as International Educators, play in shaping the future. In the words of the Dalai Lama: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

  Teacher-isms, concise statements about teaching that get right to the essence of the profession, are the perfect medium to express how Teachers make a difference. We’re sharing a few of our favorite Teacher-isms to get things started. Please join us and add your favorite words of wisdom to this growing compendium. Then, refer to these when you want to feel extra good about your choice to become an educator!

Our Favorite Teacher-isms

Teachers affect eternity; No one can tell where their influence stops.

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions s/he can ask pupils that they can answer readily, but how many questions s/he inspires them to ask which are hard to answer.

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.

If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.

Now it’s your turn. Scroll down to share your favorites 

12 thoughts on “Making a Difference in Students’ Lives

  1. If it is important enough you will find time to do it.

    (Spoken by and in honor of the late Brent Huber, music and theater teacher at ASIJ)


  2. This is just rude. I am not a P.E. teacher, but I feel that I must defend the P.E. teachers which in my opinion is one of the toughest positions to teach. I have been a teacher for 33 years and am always amazed at what a P.E. teacher has to do to rally a class full of students.


  3. Poor school leadership undermines teachers and creates a negative environment where students will not flourish.A good leader creates a positive learning environment where students and teachers thrive!


  4. Teachers open the door but you must enter by yourself

    Teachers touch tomorrow today

    Teachers change lives with just the right mix or chalk and challenge


  5. Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.


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