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11 Teachers Share What Their Students Taught Them About Life

Anyone in the field knows that what makes a good teacher is knowing when to be the student.

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"As a student teacher, the kids taught me that just telling a group of kids something doesn't always mean comprehension and understanding. It shouldn't be a linear flow of energy but rather a cycle of back and forth." —Emily C.

"A child told me I smelled like brownies! I learned that’s what they made at home for special occasions. Association of good things and the view through children’s eyes is usually truth." —Lindsay W.

"The first thing that leapt into my mind was also the first thing I learned from my kids: patience. I have my students to thank for that, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm a lot closer to 'man' status than 'man-child' because of them." —Barry R.

"Luck is often mistaken for hard work, determination, patience, and not letting mistakes deter your goals. Above all, be kind. People will remember you most for that." —Tina N.

"Education is a two-way street: Everyone has a story of at least one teacher who changed their life. People forget or fail to see how much students can influence their teachers, both professionally and personally." —Michael V.

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