Sometimes inspiration for a teacher can come from the most unexpected places…like songs from the 1980s! We pulled together quotes from some of the most rad and gnarly songs to give you motivation for just about any teaching situation.

#1: When you need to motivate that kid that always seems to land in detention
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#2: When it’s Monday…
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#3: When those teacher raises didn’t go through (again)…
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#4: When you’re giving a fellow teacher a pep talk of “why we do what we do”…
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#5: When you spent weeks prepping students for standardized tests, and it’s finally testing day…
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#6: When it’s spirit week, and it’s mismatch day…
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#7: When you try to get the quiet ones to speak up…
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#8: When you and your colleagues are just trying to get through hump day…
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#9: When you’re trying to motivate a student headed down the wrong path…
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#10: When you solve all your teaching problems over happy hour with your colleagues… 
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#11: When you wonder why you do what you do, day after day…
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#12: When you need to cheer up your teacher BFF…
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#13: When you’re trying to explain bullying…
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#14: When your nonstop chatterbox interrupts class for the hundredth time that day…14

#15: When it’s “mystery meat” day in the lunchroom, but you know tomorrow is French toast sticks…
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#16: When you’re trying to negotiate with kindergarteners…
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#17: When you’re on a field trip, and you tell everyone about the central meeting place…
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#18: When you need a little humor at a morning staff meeting…
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#19: When you want to make those high schoolers eyes roll…
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#20: When you need to lift up your teacher BFF…
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#21: When you’re trying to break up the girl clique in your classroom…
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#22: When you’re trying to get your teacher BFF to join you for a night out…
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#23: When you, your students, or your teacher colleagues just need to relax…
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