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    27 Awesome Straight-Talk Quotes About Teaching

    No question, teaching is one of the toughest and most satisfying gigs around. We've gathered 27 of our favorite quotes on the high-wire act that is being a teacher. Save them for that day when it's raining papers to grade and IEP forms and you need a little inspiration.

    1. The Mission Statement:

    2. On Kindness:

    3. On the Importance of Play (and Mud and Glitter):

    4. Assess That!

    5. On the Kids Who Drive You a Little Bit Crazy:

    6. On the Real Reform Movement:

    7. On the Peanut Gallery:

    8. On the New Day:

    9. On Hard Work:

    10. On the Wide Divide:

    11. On the Quiet Battles Every Teacher Fights:

    12. On Why We Need to Reduce the Amount of Testing:

    13. On the Tough Realities:

    14. On Billy Budd and The Pearl (insert your least favorite book here):

    15. On the Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes and Doing Your Own College Apps:

    16. On the Absolutes:

    17. On the Real Experts:

    18. On the World We Help Make:

    19. On the Absurdities of Testing:

    20. On Playing the Odds:

    21. From the Always Amazing Toni Morrison:

    22. On the Importance of a Classroom Library:

    23. On Teaching as Performance:

    24. On Trusting Your Students:

    25. On the Challenge of Lesson Planning:

    26. On Dancing to Your Own Tune:

    27. On the Final Word: