Are you looking for a strategy that can motivate your students, get them thinking creatively, and generate deep, insightful conversations?

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Incorporating motivational quotes in your classroom can allow you to deepen connections with your students andshow themwhat you believe about learning.

Use these 6 motivational quotes in your classroom to connect with and inspire your students' learning.

How to Incorporate Motivational Quotes in the Classroom

Flaticon Icon Quotes make excellent classroom decor that creates a print-rich environment that encourages students. Students can help find inspiring quotes for the classroom and create artwork using the quotes. 👍

Flaticon Icon The displayed quotes can be used to generate discussions and writing prompts. 📝

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The displayed quotes can also be used to reinforce classroom expectations and encourage positive behaviors. 😊

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Students can find their own quotes that further relate to a unit's theme or a particular character they're studying. 🎭

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Motivational Educational Quotes

These 6 motivational quotes for students are great examples to start with:

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

-- John Wooden, American basketball coach and player

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The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

-- Malcolm S. Forbes, American entrepreneur

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You cannot dream of becoming something you do not know about. You have to learn to dream big. Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you.

-- Sonia Sotomayer, American lawyer and Supreme Court Justice

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I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

-- Michael Jordan, professional basketball player and businessman

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Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence.

-- Michelle Obama, American attorney, author, and First Lady

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The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

-- B.B. King, blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer

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Each of the selected quotes above allows students to explore what having a growth mindset means to several successful individuals. Hopefully, this will inspire your students to take action in their own lives!


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Motivational Quotes for Students in Action

It's the first week of school and you are incorporating several getting-to-know-you activities in your classroom. Try using a quote to break the ice!

I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

-- Michael Jordan, professional basketball player and businessman

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A great intro activity is having students construct a journal response explaining what the quote means to them. Then have students discuss their responses in small groups, which could evolve into a whole class discussion.

Once procedures are established, you might even use the quote as a starting point in a Socratic seminar!

Take Action

Are you ready to incorporate motivational quotes for students into your classroom environment?

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