Classroom Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old classroom quotes, classroom sayings, and classroom proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn't realize they were learning.     

Rick Riordan

When you're educated, it allows you to be more worldly. It's more than just what happens in a classroom.     

Jalen Rose

Go out and do your drills that you do to try to get better. You lift your weights, try to take things from the classroom to grass, try to get better every day.     

Julian Edelman

The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.     

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Classrooms have rarely been identified as the places where the greatest of human dramas unfold—the drama of igniting the human spirit, ennobling the human heart, and enriching the human experience.     

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I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that creates the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.     

Haim Ginott

I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer... education that connects the will to know with the will to become.      

Bell Hooks

In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.     

Harry Wong

Events in our classrooms today will prompt world events tomorrow.      

J.Lloyd Trump

The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad.     

Ivan Welton Fitzwater

A student of life considers the world a classroom.     

Harvey Mackay

The seeds of the Argument Culture can be found in our classrooms, where a teacher will introduce an article or an idea... setting up debates where people learn not to listen to each other because they're so busy trying to win the debate.     

Deborah Tannen

I thought the best teachers were the ones who could cram as much knowledge into students' heads as possible. Quickly, I discovered that the secret is to engage students so they leave your classroom asking even more questions.      

Eric Langhorst

The best classroom-management system is a great, engaging lesson. Take the time to plan carefully so that your students will enter your classroom every day wondering, "What exciting surprises does s/he have in store for me today?     

Jason Kamras

By understanding that school was the best place for some of my children, I became committed to making my classroom a place where students feel safe as well as creating an environment that provided joy to those with unfortunate lives.      

Betsy Rogers

Students need to be prepared to enter each classroom with the attitude that they are going to learn something that day.     

Lee J. James

Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.      

Tracy Kidder

Good classroom management has much more to do with class than it does with management.      

Todd Whitaker

With good classroom management you may still not have learning, but without good classroom management you never will.     

Todd Whitaker

I have learned more in the streets than in any classroom.     

Bill Gates

Look at your life as your main career and your divine classroom.     

Judith Orloff

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.     

Abraham Lincoln

Classrooms don't need tech geeks who can teach; we need teaching geeks who can use tech.     

David Geurin

It's significant to realize that the most creative environments in our society are not the ever-changing ones. The artist's studio, the researcher's laboratory, the scholar's library are kept deliberately simple so as to support the complexities of the work in progress. They are deliberately kept predictable so the unpredictable can happen.     

Lucy Calkins

Who walks in the classroom cool and slow? / Who calls the English teacher Daddy-O? Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown / He's a clown, that Charlie Brown/ He's gonna get caught, just you wait and see / Why's everybody always pickin' on me?     

Jerry Leiber

Ring, ring goes the bell / The cook in the lunch room's ready to sell / You're lucky if you can find a seat / You're fortunate if you have time to eat / Back in the classroom, open your books / Keep up the teacher don't know how mean she looks.     

Chuck Berry

Structure comes / from the classroom / Imagery comes / from experience / And it’s hard / to structure / What you can’t / —see.     

Kurt Philip Behm

There are some lessons you can never find in a classroom, hence you need to learn from every person and every situation that you encounter.     

Gugu Mona

A classroom atmosphere that promotes reading does not come from the furniture and its placement as much as it comes from the teacher's expectation that students will read.     

Donalyn Miller

There's a difference between trying to control students and establishing control of your classroom. Rules are about compliance. Procedures are about coherence.     

David Ginsburg

The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.     

John Ciardi

Classroom is just a place to examine and to identify your classroom performance, not your life's success.     

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