50 of Our All-Time Favorite Classroom Quotes

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Classroom Quotes

We love using inspirational quotes to motivate and inspire students. Sometimes the right words in the right moment can make all the difference. Here are some of our all-time favorite classroom quotes, as spotted on Instagram.

1. Be the leader in a school of fish.


2. Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.



3. We have a ‘latte’ to be thankful for. 

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I survived Halloween on a Wednesday πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Now it’s time for Thanksgiving! I love involving my students in creating my classroom doors or bulletin boards.On the leaves I wrote what they were thankful for. I got everything from the cat, the flag and the best was …..school ❀️ . This year I have been blessed with such a sweet class and I’m truly thankful for each of my students. I might add some more leaves or lattes but the laminator is currently dead. The link for my TPT store is in my bio and you can find this door or bulletin board kit in my featured products. #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teacherstyle #teacher #teacherspayteachers #classroomdecorations #bulletinboardideas #classroomdecor #bulletinboardideas #iteachfirst #iteachtoo #teacherlife #thanksgiving #classroomquotes #iteach45 #chateachers #happyclassrooms #happyclassroom #teachersconnect #teach45 #classroomdoor#igconnect4edu #shiplapclassroom #thansgivingbulletinboard #rusticclassroom

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4. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

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New week, new quote. The majority of my students had the same idea of how to apply this quote in our classroom and I'm so excited to see them reach for more! Personally, I will put this quote in action by not shying away from tasks that seem impossible or tasks that aren't "me." My kiddos need me to try new and exciting things despite my own predicted outcome. We've got to put fear aside, and be go getters! After all, that's what we ask of our sweet students. ⚾️ . . . #teachersofinsta #teachersofig #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #iteachfifth #iteach345 #upperelementary #classroomcommunity #keepthequote #teacher #teacherlife #teachermom #fifthgrade #classroomquotes

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5. If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?


6. I may not be there yet but I am closer than I was yesterday.

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Class quote of the week. Every week my class do quote of the week and at the end of the week, a child that has show behaviour in line with the quote gets to "keep the quote" And take it home. My kids absolutely love it and the highlight of my day was a girl in maths looking up at me and exclaiming "Miss, it's just like the quote! I couldn't do it yesterday but I can do it today!". I think my heart exploded so if you find a piece, please return it. – – – #quoteoftheweek #keepthequote #perseverance #perseverancequotes #classroomquotes #learningquotes #growthmindset #classquote #schoolquote #teacherquotes #learning #NQT #nqtyear #nqtlife #primarynqt #primarynqts #primaryteacher #nqtteacher #nqtfollowloop #teacher #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #primaryteacher #firstdayofschool

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7. Even if hate has a bullhorn, love is louder.


8. Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.


9. Kind is the new cool.


10. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.


11. None of us is as smart as all of us.



12. From small beginnings come great things.


13. Make today so awesome yesterday is jealous.


14. Look with kindness and you will find wonder.


15. Be awesome, be amazing, be you.


16. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.


17. Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.


18. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.


19. You are loved.

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My new favorite part of my classroom 😍

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20. Broken crayons still color.


21. This is where the fun stuff happens.


22. Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.


23. In our class we don’t do easy. We make easy happen through hard work and learning.


24. You’re here. You take up space. You matter.

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You're here. You take up space. You matter!

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25. Your voice matters.


26. Throw kindness like confetti.


27. The earth without art is just eh.


28. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


29. Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world in the eye.


30. Let’s root for each other and watch each other grow.


31. To have good friends, you need to be one.


32. Misfits we may be, but we will rewrite history.

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The Quote of the Week in Room 306: . β€œI know how it feels to be a train with square wheels because I’m a boat that doesn’t float. Misfits we may be, but we will rewrite history.”❀️ . What does this quote mean to you?😊 . We love reflecting on our quotes as a group, writing personal interpretations in our β€œQuote of the Week” journals, building our self awareness, and thinking deep about all the SEL building blocks. . . This is a simple, yet meaningful SEL practice to infuse social emotional learning into your classroom. . . You can pick up this quote along with one more (swipe to see) in my TPT Store. Link in bio. . Soon, this will be a big bundle of quotes that you can use all year! . https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SEL-Quote-of-the-Week-4956963 . #thepowerofexSELence . . . . . #teachers #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachersoftpt #igteachers #homeschooling #teacherlife #iteachfourth#socialemotionallearning #learningisfun #itsthelittlethings #homeschoolmom #socialemotional #socialemotionaldevelopment #iteachtoo #classroomquotes #instaquotes #momsofinsta #elementaryteacher #parents of instagram #teacherfriends #sel#selfacceptance#selebrateyou

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


34. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.


35. Be the reason someone smiles today.


36. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.


37. Start with a smile.

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Message of the day ☺️

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38. You’re going to rattle the stars, you are.


39. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.


40. It’s a good day for a good day.


41. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.


42. Everything you don’t know is something you can learn.


43. Mistakes help me learn better.


44. We may all be different fish, but at this school we swim together.


45. Say what you mean but don’t say it mean.


46. You belong here.

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Dana's 6th Grade GATE classroom!

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47. You will never regret being kind.


48. Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.

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A growth mindset is built. It's grown. It is not crammed into the minds of children with inspirational bulletin boards and simple words of, "you need to have a growth mindset." Quotes are a place for me to starting planting these seeds with my homeroom. They provide fertile soil for rich conversion, and student observation of behaviors I want them to build for themselves. These words are special to me because they relate to so many areas of life. The words can be stretched out to span lifelong goals, or can be crunched to effect our life just months from now. Either way, it's important to teach students that life doesn't just happen to us. Our current actions have lasting effects. When children achieve something that makes them proud, remind them of all they did to reach that point- A student earns honor roll- rather than calling them "smart," we remind them of all the hard work they put in…how organized they had to be. A runner qualifies for the state meet- rather than say they are "fast" or "fit," we remind them of the miles they put in back in July. We can also model this with our own achievements. Remind children of the road you took that got you there. These are ways in which we build a growth mindset. It's not built in posters and t shirts. It is grown in teaching, reinforcing, and modeling. #keepthequote #classroomquotes

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49. Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.


50. It doesn’t matter what others are doing, it matters what you are doing.


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50 of Our All-Time Favorite Classroom Quotes

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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