Catchy phrases on classroom doors help build classroom morale, as they represent the goals the teacher has established for the class. Catchphrases should reflect the personality of the class, as well as the academic achievement the class is collectively striving for. As you create your own catchphrase for your classroom door, consider grade-level, the type of goals you have set, and current class activities.
Other People Are Reading
Create a catchphrase based on book titles you are reading in class. Students will identify with the book title and feel a sense of ownership in the classroom. If your class is reading "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," for example, consider "Diary of a Star Student" as a class catchphrase. For classes reading "Where the Wild Things Are," you could use "Where the Best Students Are" as a catchy catchphrase. Post the cover of the book as a background for the catchphrase as an added touch.
Television and Movie-Based Catchphrase
Amuse your students with a catchphrase based on popular movies and television shows they may be familiar with. Depending on your students' grade-level, certain shows and movies may be more appropriate than others. "America's Next Top Students" is a catchy phrase mimicking "America's Next Top Model," for example. "The A-plus Kids" is another idea that mimics "The Karate Kid." Use a photo editing program to augment a movie poster to incorporate the catchphrase you have chosen. You can also add your students names as the credits located on the poster for more fun.
There are hundreds of quotes and sayings that children of all ages can identify with. Whether you choose Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" or Benjamin Franklin's "A penny saved is a penny earned," inspirational quotes can be the basis for your catchphrase. "I have a dream" can be simply changed to say "We have a dream," while "A lesson learnt is an A earned" can replace Franklin's quote. If you choose an inspirational quote, be sure to explain the meaning and significance of the quote to your students.
Students will recognise and identify with many of today's popular advertisement slogans. "Just do it" and "Impossible is Nothing," for example, are the popular Nike and adidas slogans that teachers can apply to classroom attitude. Teacher's can also tailor the famous American Express slogan "Don't leave home without it" to say "Homework: Don't leave home without it," as another example. Regardless of the slogan chosen, be sure to incorporate current classroom activities or themes into the catchphrase.
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