I finished Gilbert Highet’s Art of Teaching awhile ago, but there are still some quotes I wanted to share. If this has been on your to-read list for awhile, like it was on mine, I really encourage you to pick it up and make a start! It was not a difficult read and it was very encouraging and helpful.
Teachers Must Themselves Read
The alternatives are only these: to allow your teaching to petrify by neglect, or constantly to refresh it by transfusions of new vitality and interest from your own reading.
It is a difficult thing to fit in our own reading when we have diapers to change, dishes and laundry to wash, plus multiple students to teach. But cultivating our own intellectual and creative life is vital if we are going to have the energy and stamina to keep up a life lived to inspire others to learn and work hard. Reading and thinking is simply not an optional activity; it is life-blood.
The mind which is exercised in books is not being strained and stretched. It is being used for its proper purpose.
And, remember, if you are trying to raise readers, you yourself must be a reader, for
everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40