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Weekly Tip

#22- Inspiring Quotes

An Activity for Your Students or Employees

Starting each school or workday by sharing an inspirational quote can establish a very positive workspace climate. Whether it is with students or employees, motivational quotes are an excellent way teachers and employers can instantly transform their classrooms and business into a more uplifting, productive space.

GETTING STARTED: Here are some impactful quotes I discovered on the Canva website. Post one on your whiteboard or bulletin board each day for 1 month.

  • “The man who does not read books has no advantage over the one who cannot read them.” — Mark Twain
  • “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X
  • “Teachers can open the door, but you must enter it yourself.” — Chinese proverb
  • “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” —B.B. King
  • “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” – Plutarch
  • “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
  • “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein
  • “Learning is never done without errors and defeat.” – Vladimir Lenin
  • “Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.” — Babe Ruth
  • “Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.” — Mason Cooley
  • “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” — Helen Hayes
  • “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  • “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” — Beverly Stills
  • “I think it’s possible to ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” — Elon Musk
  • “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Genius is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison
  • “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated.” — R Collier
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” — A.A Milne
  • “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
  • “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” — Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • “None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard
  • “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” — Chinese Proverb
  • “Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.” – Anonymous
  • “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated.” — R Collier
  • “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”—Confucius
  • “Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom.”—George Washington Carver

NEXT STEPS/ACTIVITY: Have small teams of students/employees create their own inspiration classroom/work poster.

Using chart paper with colored markers OR access to Google slides:

  1. Divide your class or employees up into small working (breakout) groups.
  2. Provide the following directions:
    • Explain to your students/employees they have seen posted an inspirational quote each day for the past month.
    • Now it is your group’s opportunity to come up with your own inspirational quote, along with appropriate artwork/clipart to support your special message. Your message can promote character-building, encourage strong work ethic, encourage perseverance when the going gets tough, etc.
    • Be sure all members of your group have an opportunity to contribute ideas before reaching consensus.
    • Each member of a group should be able to contribute to the poster design.
  3. After a specified amount of time, your group will be asked to share your inspiration poster with the entire class or group of employees.

LAST STEPS/POSTING GROUP WORK: For the remainder of the year, post one group’s inspiration poster each week in your classroom or work space.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the quotes and activity.

Stay healthy and safe. Dean

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