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Quotes for the 2022-23 School Year

by Peggy Reimers
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It is getting to be that time of year when you can smell freshly sharpened pencils and a box of brand new crayons in the air. It’s the time when I start to gather all the good ideas I’ve come across in my travels or on social media. As I was perusing Twitter, I stopped on this question posted by an Illinois Director of Secondary Education, Dan Lamboley. “My district is looking for a child-centered, inspirational quote to put on the wall in our entryway. Any good suggestions?”

Immediately, I knew Twitterific educators would promptly answer the call. And they did. Here are a few of my favorites!

Quotes for Teachers

Each one, reach one. – Cori Coburn-Shiflett

Life affords no greater responsibility, than the raising of the next generation. – C. Everett Coop

Tell me, and I forget. Teach me ,and I may remember. Involve me, and I learn. – Ben Franklin

We rise by lifting others. – Robert Ingersoll

To inspire people, don’t show them your super powers. Show them theirs.  – Alexander Den Hejjer

Students don’t need a perfect teacher. They need a teacher who gets them excited about learning. A teacher who smiles and makes them enjoy coming to school. Each and every day.  – Richard P. Feynman

A school is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside. – Lon Watters

A smile is the universal WELCOME! – Max Eastman

Quotes for Students

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose – Dr. Seuss

Here We Grow! – unknown

Amazing things happen here. – unknown

The world wouldn’t spin the same without you! – Brandarius Johnson

Posted by Brandarius Johnson, Las Vegas, Nevada

Be Yourself. Everybody else is already taken – Oscar Wilde

You are capable of amazing things! – unknown

No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something! – unknown

BElieve in YOUrself. – unknown

Quotes about Kindness

In a world where you can be anything: BE KIND. – unknown

Be brave. Dream big. Show kindness. – unknown

Be Kind. Be Bright. Be You. – unknown

Mrs. Minarich Channahon, Illinois and IDEA Illinois Educator of the Year

Be kind and change the world. – unknown

Kindness matters. – unknown

Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give. – unknown

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. – Conan O’Brien

Throw kindness around like confetti. – unknown

Quotes for Art Rooms

Every child is an artist.  – Pablo Picasso

You cannot use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein

Make your mark. . .  and see where it takes you. – Peter Reynolds

Makers gonna make.– unknown

You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life. – Elizabeth Gilbert

What you create doesn’t need to be perfect. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Quotes for STEM Spaces

Let’s get in gear with the 4C’s this year!

We Are INVENTORS!

Where will STEM take you?

Stand back! We’re building a better world.

Get in GEAR and ENGINEER.

Gearing up for Greatness at __________. (fill in the name of your class or school)

A Few Tips

Tip 1: Create a wall of inspirational quotes like Gillian Portwood McColgan. She purchased the Growth Mindset posters from TPT and purchased inexpensive frames from the Dollar Store to create a gallery wall of inspiring phrases.

Posted by Gillian Portwood McColgan

TIP 2: Consider using direct quotes from your students, and have a central bulletin board featuring a quote from a student each week.

TIP 3: To choose a quote for a school wall, invite all students to submit and have the students vote. Democracy in action!

TIP 4: If you are looking to make your own try Adobe Express or Canva. Or just keep it simple- create a background in PowerPoint or Google Slides to create your own. Visit my blog on fancy fonts to jazz up your inspirational quote.

TIP 5: Create a bulletin board word cloud, like Naomi Clark did, using different fonts and an electronic cutting machine (Cricut or a Silhouette).

Posted by Naomi Clark, New Hampshire Posted in the Elementary STEM Specials Teachers Facebook Group

Words could include:

  • work hard
  • ask questions
  • persist
  • be curious
  • try
  • learn
  • read
  • think
  • capable

These inspirational words are just a start. There are millions available. If you have a favorite, please drop it in the comments! I know other bulletin boards and walls across the world would love to showcase your motivational and inspiring quotes.

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