Empowering Students: 8 Inspiring and Shareable Quotes
by Jan 26, 2016 | Student Engagement|
A while back we shared an article called 8 Amazing Quotes for Giving Teachers Inspiration. It’s been viewed a lot since then. We hope it has served its intended purpose. That said, let’s now turn our attention to the students. This article can be looked at as a companion to the teacher quotes.
As we said in that article, teachers are always empowering 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 inspirational quotes for you. Share them with your classes anytime. We created them as Tweetable images. They’re shareable and meaningful for empowering students in a quick and creative way.
The message is the same as before. Let your students know what we told you. First of all, we believe in you. Secondly, you’re not alone.
Use the quotes with abandon. Fire them out into cyberspace. Spread some joy. Lift up those who are struggling. Your students deserve to know they are supported, just like you do. Go ahead, make a student’s day!
8 Shareable Quotes for Empowering Students
The message: Einstein reminds us to be open to our own creative nature here. He was’t all about academic rigour. Creativity and fun came very naturally to him. He believed that it was a big part of discovery and learning. He was right, and his work showed this.
Remind your students that being creative is a part of any learning journey. Teach them to embrace it and use it in a million-and-one projects.
The message: Kids are under pressure to belong. There is comfort in groups and cliques when you’re a kid. They feel they must act a certain way to be popular and accepted. It’s a burden that can leave them feeling afraid and alone. Nobody deserves to live that way.
Students need to know that whatever makes them different makes them special. It’s who they are, and it’s beautiful and incredible. Celebrate the diverse talents, abilities, beliefs, and quirks they have. There’s nothing more satisfying than colouring outside the lines knowing you’re still making art.
The message: This can be a tough one for students. Approval is important to them, and kids can be insensitive. For that matter, so can adults. You can begin to help them realize the real truth, though. 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. 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 it be a reminder to them to never judge, and always be a nurturer and supporter. Often our best defense against cruelty is refusing to give it power over us.
The message: Part of students owning their learning is time management. This applies to everything between small tasks and 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. 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, none of us would be around to teach others. Your students will learn in their own way that pain and loss are part of life. They come with great lessons built right in. Guide them as best you can in your capacity as a teacher.
The message: Part of achieving goals is conquering fear and taking risks. We all feel fearful sometimes. Fear holds us back from our true potential. It inhibits discovery and self-mastery. It cripples the imagination. It poisons our ambition. The worst part of all? Fear isn’t evenreal. 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. We can teach them to have courage. We can 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. That’s the whole idea behind solving problems. But we mustn’t forget the most important part of any learning process, which is asking good questions. This is how we truly learn.
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. What is it, exactly? School, because at some point, every student’s brick-and-mortar learning will end. The time will come when they must go into the world and create something or find something. To some teachers and students, this can be a sad transition. There is so much we invest of ourselves while we are in school.
School is where relationships are built. Bonds between teachers and peers are formed. We discover things about each other. We learn with each other. We make each other laugh. We get under each other’s skin. We challenge each other. Ultimately, we grow with each other.
Leaving those years and memories behind can be hard for students. Saying goodbye hurts more than we ever want it to. Send them away with hope, or give it to them while they still have you there. They’ll remember you fondly for it a long way down that road.