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Tells / Explains / Demonstrates / Inspires

In ! Jen, Random Thought on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 4:44 am

My sister-in-law, who works with at-risk youth in the Chicagoland area, shared with me a good quote about teaching:

“The mediocre teacher tells.

The good teacher explains.

The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires.”

We could substitute any number of professions or roles for “teacher” in this quote. Parent, Manager, Leader, Rabbi, Pastor, Coach, Trainer. They all could fit.

I have a suggestion for William Arthur Ward’s quote. If he weren’t dead and if he was soliciting input, that is. It would be to create a cumulative effect on his quote’s statements. So, for example, the superior teacher tells, explains and demonstrates. Because, quite frankly, it would be exhausting, not to mention incredibly annoying, to be around someone who only inspired.

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