Teachers are always inspiring students somehow. They use encouragement, trust, and belief among other things. It happens even when they don’t realize it. It’s always nice to have some help, though. To that end, we’ve sourced out some great empowering quotes for you to use for giving your students a boost.
Establishing an emotional connection to your learners matters more than you may think. In fact, Terry Heick says it best: “Relationships start with being authentic to students and helping them to feel understood—not respect, clear rules, and seating arrangements.”
You can spread these quotes around easily because we created them as Tweetable images. Use these inspirational and empowering quotes with abandon as you fire them out into cyberspace. Spread some joy and lift up those students whom you know are struggling. They deserve to know they are supported just like you do, so go ahead—make a student’s day!
The message: Einstein reminds us to be open to our own creative nature here. After all, he wasn’t all about academic rigour, and creativity and fun came very naturally to him. He was right in believing that it was a big part of discovery and learning and his work showed this.
Remind your students that being creative is a part of any learning journey. Then, teach them to embrace it and use it in a million-and-one projects.
The message: There is comfort in groups and cliques when you’re a kid because you’re always under pressure to “belong” somewhere. As such, sometimes a child can feel they must act a certain way to be popular and accepted. It’s a burden that can leave them feeling afraid and alone, and nobody deserves to live that way.
Our learners need to know that whatever makes them different makes them special. It’s who they are, and it’s beautiful and incredible. So help them to celebrate the diverse talents, abilities, beliefs, and quirks they have. There’s nothing more satisfying than colouring outside the lines and knowing you’re still making art.
The message: This can be a tough one for students. After all, approval is important to them, and kids can be insensitive. For that matter, so can adults, but you can begin to help them realize the real truth—that it starts with understanding why it happens.
When life squeezes someone, what’s inside of them comes out. Sometimes that’s anger and fear in the form of meanness and bullying. In the end, it isn’t about the recipient specifically; they’re just unlucky enough to have been the available target. In this situation, the student has a choice to rise above it. Let this be a reminder to them to never judge, and always be a nurturer and supporter. Often our best defence against cruelty is refusing to give it power over us.
The message: Part of learners accepting responsibility for their learning involves time management. This applies to everything from small tasks to their larger life goals. The discipline is exactly the same, regardless of scale. If students invest in time well spent, success is inevitable.
This is also about choice of direction. We decide the paths we take in life, and what we want to accomplish. It’s our territory; it’s the work of our heart and soul. We are, in essence, the pilots. Let students ponder their goals and dreams with ambition and joy. No one can take them away, unless we give them permission. (They’ve got plenty of time, too.)
The message: In all suffering and pain, there is a chance to learn. Our trials reveal much about ourselves and about life. Sometimes a student’s troubles feel like the end of the world to them, but most often the reality doesn’t live up to the fantasy.
In life, we don’t generally face any challenges we aren’t able to handle. If the opposite were true, then none of us would be around to teach this to others. Your students will learn in their own way that pain and loss are part of life, and that they come with great lessons built right in. Guide them as best you can in your capacity as a teacher, starting with empowering quotes like this one.
The message: Part of achieving our goals is conquering fear and taking risks. We all feel fearful sometimes, and that fear holds us back from our true potential. It inhibits discovery and self mastery, cripples our imagination, and poisons our ambition. But perhaps the most interesting part of all is that fear isn’t even real. It’s just an emotional response to something bad we imagine happening.
So what if something bad doesn’t happen? It’s what we can choose to believe if we wish.
Students face fear every day—the fear of being rejected, failing, being bullied, not knowing an answer, and many more. To combat this, we can lead them to discover their courage and teach them, as Susan Jeffers writes, to “feel the fear and do it anyway.”
The message: We can sometimes get hung up on getting the answers because that’s the whole idea behind solving problems. That being said, we mustn’t forget the most important part of any learning process, which is asking meaningful and purposeful questions. In the end, that’s how we truly learn.
All of the essential questions we give our students are meant to teach them more than to just respond—they must spark their imagination. They’re questions that inspire knowledge quests and a thirst for discovery. Also, we must encourage students to ask questions of their own. Being curious and hungry for learning is a wonderful gift to give to a student.
The message: This one sums it all up because, at some point, every student’s school days will end. Then the time will come when they must go into the world and either find what they seek or create it for themselves. To some teachers and students, this can be a sad transition.
This is mostly because there is so much we invest of ourselves while we are in school. It’s where relationships are built. Bonds between teachers and peers are formed, and we use them to discover things about each other. We learn with each other and we make each other laugh. We get under each other’s skin and challenge each other. Ultimately, however, what happens is that we grow with each other.
Leaving those years and memories behind can be hard for students, and saying goodbye hurts more than we ever want it to. Empowering quotes like this one can send them away with hope, or give it to them while they still have you there. Though it may seem like a small gesture, they’ll surely remember you fondly for it a long way down that road.