A class motto sets a positive attitude and focuses the class on learning and discipline objectives. When creating an appropriate motto, consider the students' ages and comprehension levels. Short, concrete statements fit for the younger students, while mottoes representing abstract thought are suitable for older students. A teacher might prefer to select a motto to have in place from day one, or he might lead his class in selecting a motto that reflects their thoughts for class unity and accomplishments.
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Succinctly written acronyms serve as ideal mottoes for all students, and their short statements are especially appropriate for the younger learner. FROG may represent "Friends Reaching Our Goals." Encourage older students to REACH their potential with, "Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship, Hard work" and to ACT in their best interest with "Activate Critical Thinking."
Famous Person Quote
Use a quote from a famous person who had to overcome adversity. Helen Keller, though blind and deaf, still found avenues to see and hear what was important in life, "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." The quote invites students to realise that each person can contribute to the class and reach her potential.
Cartoon and Book Character Quotes
Use humour and nostalgia as the emphasis for a motto. Warner Brothers' character Brain's question, "Pinky, are you pondering the same thing I'm pondering?" generates attention for challenging students to use creative and critical thinking. Use a quote as a literature class motto from the beloved Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat": "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
Let the students create a motto that is appropriate for the class. Set a tone of respect for each others' opinions and allow the students to brainstorm ideas. The class can reach a consensus by choosing different parts for several acceptable mottoes. A class with diversified ethnicity might choose, "Hands in hands, across the lands." Working together as a class also emphasises OTHERS, "Offer To Help Everyone Really Succeed."
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