At the end of last term we settled on a very simple idea to fill space above our fiction shelves and the ceiling so it didn’t look so bare.
Christine, one of our part-time staff had been processing the new Bear Grylls’ book A Survival Guide for Life: how to achieve your goals, thrive in adversity and grow in character. She made an off-hand comment about how striking some of Bear’s sayings are that are scattered throughout the book. The ensuing conversation led to a brainstorming session which resulted in us deciding to create a series of posters with great sayings to inspire our boys.
I sent an email out to staff asking them to send me some of their favourite quotes they either use in the classroom or would like to use with students and was pleased with the response. I also trawled through ones I’d saved and others on some good websites and came up with 50.
After typing up the quotes we printed them on buff coloured A3 paper, laminated them and then stuck them up on the wall.
I was a happy librarian. But what has made me an ecstatic librarian was observing a Year 7 teacher using these with her class during the last five minutes of her library visits both last week and this week. She asked the boys to have a look and choose one that they liked or that they wanted to share with the rest of the class. She then gave them the opportunity to read out their chosen quote and invited them to share what it meant to them or what deeper meaning it might have.
Here are three they chose today:
My own personal favourite is:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
I want to make it a round 60 so I need another few yet. Have you got a special inspirational quote? I’d love you to share it here so I can find my final 10.