I am a collector of things! I love a good quote (or hundred) for my classroom. There are three main moments I look/listen for when using quotes:
♥ “Let’s Do It” Moments: When students need inspiration to push through hard times, and let their best self shine, I sometimes use a quote to get us there. We have class discussions about quotes and their meaning, and share my stories of triumph and challenge and connect the to quotes (when appropriate). Most importantly, I allow students to share their stories and explain the connection to a quote! So powerful!
♥ BeYOUtiful: Quotes from notable African Americans and Latinos are frequently used to inspire students to be proud of who they are and where they come from. I am not saying these are the only quotes I use, but the students I teach (and myself) need the constant reminder that they are ENOUGH!
♥ Read & Respond: Early finishers can either complete our early finisher task cards, read their book, or read and respond to one of the quotes around the room.