As a teacher of Classics, I have been influenced by the Roman tradition of exempla. I want to encourage students to think about how to be better, more ethical people. Last school year, I began doing this in a few more structured ways: co-coaching our new high school Ethics Bowl team and posting a Quote of the Week on the bulletin board outside of my classroom. For this practice, I am grateful that my bulletin board is in a high-traffic area on campus and that at least one of my students has revealed that he habitually reads these quotes. Some of them are about education, some are about resilience, but many are just about life and how to be a better person.
I try to provide windows and mirrors for a diverse population of students with these quotations, so I make sure to post comments from women and people of color, especially if I have a picture of the person to accompany that person’s quote.
Many of these quotations come from Teachers Pay Teachers:
- Latin Quotes with English translations, including background info
- Motivational Quotes for Classroom Use
- Motivational Quotes for Classroom Decor
- Inspiring Diversity Posters & Signs for the Classroom!
- Motivational Quotes for any classroom
- Motivational Quotes: Classroom Posters (50 Quotes)
- Famous Motivational Quotes for Classroom Mindset and QR codes
- Motivational Quotes for the Classroom: Posters
As a Latin teacher, I was a little self-conscious that many of these quotations were not from the ancient world. Therefore, I was happy to review Kenneth F. Kitchell’s new book They Said It First: The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. This quotation book nicely juxtaposes ancient quotations with modern ones with (often) remarkably similar ideas–for more of my thoughts on it, you can read my book review. This week, I will be adding some of my favorite Greek and Latin quotations from this book into my pool of possible Quotes of the Week. 🙂