A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.— Charles Darwin
Unique Math Teacher quotations
I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
You know, I loved math. My mom was a math teacher.
I'd never been a teacher before, and here I was starting my first day with these eager students. There was a shortage of teachers, and they had been without a math teacher for six months. They were so excited to learn math.
A mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a complete mathematician.
The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization.
One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.
But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.
Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
Science is simply common sense at its best.
The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.
Mathematics is as much an aspect of culture as it is a collection of algorithms.
Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be replaced by a computer.
It is the duty of all teachers, and of teachers of mathematics in particular, to expose their students to problems much more than to facts.
Theorems are fun especially when you are the prover, but then the pleasure fades. What keeps us going are the unsolved problems.
Most of the time I liked school and got good grades.
In junior high, though, I hit a stumbling block with math - I used to come home and cry because of how frustrated I was! But after a few good teachers and a lot of perseverance, I ended up loving math and even choosing it as a major when I got to college.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore.
In high school, a teacher once suggested that I be a math major in college.
I thought, 'Me? You've got to be joking!' I mean, in junior high, I used to come home and cry because I was so afraid of my math homework. Seriously, I was terrified of math.
The title which I most covet is that of teacher.
The writing of a research paper and the teaching of freshman calculus, and everything in between, falls under this rubric. Happy is the person who comes to understand something and then gets to explain it.
I never did very well in math - I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
Art saved my life in two ways. It made me feel special, because I could do things my friends couldn't, but it also gave me a way to demonstrate to my teacher that, despite the fact that I couldn't write a paper or do math, I was paying attention.
We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that have arisen and flourished and vanished from it. Mathematics alone would occupy me eight million years.
Usually, girls weren't encouraged to go to college and major in math and science. My high school calculus teacher, Ms. Paz Jensen, made math appealing and motivated me to continue studying it in college.
To teach effectively a teacher must develop a feeling for his subject;
he cannot make his students sense its vitality if he does not sense it himself. He cannot share his enthusiasm when he has no enthusiasm to share. How he makes his point may be as important as the point he makes; he must personally feel it to be important.
We need to tap the resource of current and retiring science and math professionals that have both content mastery and the practical experience to serve as effective teachers.
The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination.
I was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken when my math teacher said, "You're failing in school, you're messing up, why don't you just try this?" I said, "Alright, let me try it," and I started going to acting classes and I loved it. I thought, "I may not make it but I love doing it."
I did math in school, obviously. And I loved all my math teachers.
I was very disruptive. I was horrible. I didn't learn like all the other kids. I had to sometimes take my tests out in the hallways because I couldn't focus. But, my teachers would come see me in the plays and were like "I don't understand how you can focus and be in the moment in a play and you go into math class and you can't focus."
One of the big misapprehensions about mathematics that we perpetrate in our classrooms is that the teacher always seems to know the answer to any problem that is discussed.
...it is the greatest achievement of a teacher to enable his students to surpass him.
I didn't go to Catholic school but I had a tough teacher, a tough math teacher.
I remember everything that guy taught me. I really do.
My mother was an English teacher who decided to become a math teacher, and she used me as a guinea pig at home. My father had been a math teacher and then went to work at a steel mill because, frankly, he could make more money doing that.
I want every math teacher to know math.
I want every science teacher to have expertise in science. I want them to know how to inspire and engage young people.
I think we need more math majors who don't become mathematicians.
More math major doctors, more math major high school teachers, more math major CEOs, more math major senators. But we won't get there unless we dump the stereotype that math is only worthwhile for kid geniuses.