He suggested that we hang up family pictures and diplomas and I could see his point immediately. I have always enjoyed a good quote and started printing them out on little posters and sticking them up all around.
My favorite, and the touchstone of my entire history class was this:
“Mr. Viall! You are not worth the dust the rude wind blows in your face.” We both had a good laugh and I was glad a little of the Bard’s wisdom resonated with at least one student.
Here are a sampling, a few of my favorite quotes out of several hundred, turned into posters for a history classroom:
A reminder for teachers and students:
A plug for reading:
We all understand this:
The Tao of Forest Gump:
Something for everyone to remember when arguing:
Attitudes are a key to success in any endeavor:
Positve reinforcement is probably overused:
How teen peer groups form:
Useful when discussing any war:
This one is for teachers:
Why do we study history?
The people in the past are like us.
I used to be a lazy student myself:
Never trust anyone who wants to make you hate:
Not that students will ever lie to get out of trouble!
The saddest question:
Lincoln explains his philosphy in a few words:
Truman explains his philosophy in even fewer:
A classic political put-down:
For World History, a warning about tyranny:
We did a great deal of writing in my class. I tried to impress this idea on students:
Not bad advice for living:
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