How to Use Quotes to Empower Students in Your Classroom

How to use inspirational quotes to empower students in your classroom

If you follow me on Instagram then you know how much I love a good quote. Whether it’s inspirational or funny, I can identify with so many. I enjoy sharing them out and finding ones that represent where I am currently as an educator and as a person.

Last year, I brought that love into the classroom. It started when I saw a post from TheEnthusiastic Classroom. She had a freebie in her store that said,

“Mistakes are proof you are trying”.

 I loved it so much that I had to have it to decorate my desk. I used this quote to remind my students that it was OK to make mistakes. As long as you are working and trying, that is what counts. I felt that this quote helped make my classroom a safe place for my students. 

Over the summer I came across the book 365 days of Wonder: Mr. Brown’s Precepts. Having read the novel, Wonder, I had to have this book. A precept is a rule or thought that will guide someone’s behavior. This book has 365 precepts, one for each day of the year. Each day I write the precept on the board and we talk about it as a class. In the future, I am going to extend upon this activity but for right now, I enjoy spending a few minutes each day asking my students what they think about it.


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This year I decided to change the quote on my desk. I felt I needed something new. I changed it to reflect how my middle schoolers should feel about themselves. It took me a few weeks to find the perfect one but it finally came to me.

 “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken,” 
Oscar Wilde

was the one that I felt could accurately depict how a middle schooler is feeling at any given moment. My students loved the new quote and we spoke about how and why it is important to be yourself and not try to fit into a mold that someone else wants you to be.

To further this philosophy, I am giving away my desk letters for FREE! When printing out, I chose to print them four to a page. I also included a box around each letter which made cutting so much easier. To do this, click the option that says, “print a page border”.
motivational quotes to use in the classroom


 If you are loving quotes in your classroom, you may also be interested in the following resources that I have in my store

Scientist and Inventors historic sayings   Women in History Meaningful words

Presidents of the United States Famous Sayings   Inspirational quotes for your classroom







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