Lessons from Our Favorite (Literary) Teachers
A slideshow of lessons we learned from those in our favorite books.
Here at Feed Your Need to Read, there’s no shortage of praise for the great teachers who shaped our reading habits over the years.
Everyone has a favorite (or several). For me, there’s Mr. Gorsuch, who used to read Jon Scieszka’s satirical fairy tales aloud to the class and taught us to appreciate a little subversion in literature; or Mrs. McKendall, who started us on The Hobbit and instilled in us a lifetime love of Tolkien and world-building; or Ms. LoGiudice, who guided us through The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird, and taught us never to be afraid of a book that helps one grow.
Teachers are a huge part of the reason we become—and remain—readers. But they don’t stop at the classroom. In fact, some of the best teachers are found on the shelf. Herewith, teacher appreciation quotes from lessons in our favorite books and let us know who the teacher is who changed your life.
Those Who You Least Expect May Become Your Greatest Teachers
You may already know the film, but director James Clavell?s adaptation, To Sir, with Love, is based on E. R. Braithwaite’s classic schoolroom drama about a black teacher in London’s tough East End who triumphs over bigotry and ignorance to change the lives of his students forever.
Focus On People
If you only know Pat Conroy as the author of The Prince of Tides or The Great Santini, you’re in for a treat: The Water Is Wide is his moving story of a young teacher’s experience on an island forgotten by the world – and it is every bit as fiery and passionate as his other works.
Work With What You’ve Got
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark’s timeless classic about a controversial teacher who deeply marks the lives of a select group of students in the years leading up to World War II, offers incredible insight into the psyche of the adolescent girl – in any era.
It’s Not About the Money
We learned this lesson from Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman’s best-selling epistolary novel about a young teacher’s efforts to reach her students and the odd, amusing, and poignant ways that the students respond.