57 Friendship Quotes to Foster Classroom Community

How do you keep your classroom climate warm and friendly?  Do students bring drama into the classroom?  These amazing quotes about friendship can be used to help guide students along their path to forming healthy relationships.  Classroom teachers can pick a "quote of the week" to spark conversation and set the tone each week.  If you are a school counselor, use these in your friendship lessons.  I have printed these out and have them hanging in my office.  You can download a printable copy here.



  Friendship Quotes to Live By 

 

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ― Albert Camus

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” Abraham Lincoln

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” Henry David Thoreau

“Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.” Ernie Banks

“A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down, and if they can’t, they lay down beside you and listen.” Winnie The Pooh

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker

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“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”  Walter Winchell

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

“You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”  Laurence J. Peter

“It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.” Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“If you have one true friend you have more than your share.” Thomas Fuller

“Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.” George Eliot

“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”  Socrates

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”  Henry David Thoreau
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” ― William Shakespeare

“Friends are medicine for a wounded heart and vitamins for a hopeful soul.”  Steve Maraboli

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Keller

“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?” Henry David Thoreau

 

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” Henry Ford

“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” Booker T. Washington

“True friendship is like sound health. The value of it is seldom known until it be lost.” Charles Caleb Colton

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

“True enemies are better than false friends.” Matshona Dhliwayo

“Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.”

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”  Paramahansa Yogananda

“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.” Theodore H. White

“The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.” Cicero

“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” John Churton Collins

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.” ― Muhammad Ali

“Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.” ― Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.” Osho

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”  Dale Carnegie

“If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.” Alice Miller

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” Amy Poehler

“Keep the ones that heard you when you never said a word.”

“The most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.” Nicholas Sparks

“One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in sunshine.” Matshona Dhliwayo

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”  Plutarch

“A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.” Doug Larson

“Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.”  Samuel Butler 
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” ― Charles Lamb, The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb

“I like to hang out with people who make me forget to look at my phone.”

“My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you’re most ashamed of.”  Jodie Foster

“In friendship we find nothing false or insincere; everything is straight forward, and springs from the heart.” Cicero

“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.”  Alexander Dumas

“The older I get the more selective I am of who is in my tribe. I would rather have four quarters than a hundred pennies.”

“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.”  Rabindranath Tagore

“The secret to friendship is being a good listener.”

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”  Octavia Butler

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” Irish Proverb

”Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.” Anna Deavere Smith

“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.”  Henry Van Dyke

“Friends are the family you choose.”  Unknown



40 Life Changing Growth Mindset Quotes


Educators are teaching growth mindset in the classroom because it works.  When students change their attitudes, change the words that they say to themselves, and change the way they look at life, they begin to change their outcome.   One of the easiest ways to teach growth mindset is to discuss famous quotes about it.  These are my favorites.

Top 40 Life Changing Quotes

 

Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow.   
~Tony Robbins

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. 
~Albert Einstein

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
~Confucius

We will either find a way, or make one!  
~Hannibal

Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work.
~Arthur Rubenstein

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Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.  
~Robert Kiposaki

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~Howard Thurman

There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher.  
~Usain Bolt

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.  
~Thomas Edison

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ­
~Harry Golden

A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.  
~Ray Davis

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.  ~Winston Churchill



If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to it.  
~Marva Collins

Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says "I'm Possible!"  ~Audrey Hepburn

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.
~Dale Carnegie

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
~Henry Ford

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
~Teddy Roosevelt

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
~Henry David Thoreau

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
~Martin Luther King

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~Lao Tzu

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
~William Shakespeare

If not now, when? If not here, where? If not me, who?
~Steve Geiger

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
~Helen Keller

It is not length of life, but depth of life that matters.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory comes not from never failing, but rising every time we fall.
~Confucius

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~John Wooden

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
~Napoleon Hill

You must be the change you want to see in the world.
~Mahatma Ghandi


All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
~Walt Disney

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.
~William Ernest Henley

Life is about being and becoming, not having and getting.
~Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
~Maria Robinson

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
~Samuel Johnson

Risk more than others think is safe.  Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
~Claude T. Bissell

The two most important days in your life are the day you're born and the day you discover why.
~Mark Twain

The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.
~Michelangelo

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~Earl Nightingale

Most people never run far enough on the first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got, and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
~William James


 

 

 



 


Top 3 Mindfulness Activities for Kids


Educators are beginning to tap into the powerful effects of mindfulness in the classroom. In a world full of digital distractions and access to immediate endless amounts of information, being able to sit back and meditate has become most important.  Students must be taught how to unplug from the racing thoughts in their minds and plug into the peace found in the simple moments in life. Multi-tasking has it's purpose, but being able to focus on one simple moment at a time is the best medicine for the soul.

3 Easy Mindfulness Activities for Students 


The Body Scan (Progressive Muscle Relaxation) 


This is a favorite of my students year after year. I love to turn on spa music, turn down the lights and tell students to find a comfy position in their desks. (at home they can lie down and try it again) Once they are relaxed with their eyes closed, I use a guided meditation audio that I find on youtube. (There are hundreds.) The guided audio walks the students through tensing and releasing muscle groups in their body starting from head to toe or vise versa.

4-7-8 Breathing Technique by Dr. Weil


I love this easy to teach breathing exercise that helps students bring in oxygen, hold it and release it slowly to maximize health. Students breathe in through the nose for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds, and slowly breathe out of the mouth for 8 seconds. It's a coping skill they can use for the rest of their lives in many situations to reduce stress and become mindful of the moment.


Mindful Balancing / Mindful Posing 


Have students choose any pose that needs concentration to balance. Once they are in the balanced position, they should focus on the moment and notice their breathing. This is great to use during state testing between sub tests. Allow students to stand, stretch and pose/balance. It's quick and easy to get back to their work.

Try these animated mini-flipbooks to teach these three skills in an
engaging  way.






50 Mindfulness Quotes to Help Your Students Now


Mindfulness is one of the most overlooked powerful tools in our lives. Maybe it's the perceived simplicity of the concept that makes people dismiss it's value. However, research shows that practicing simple mindful behaviors daily can result in long term mental and physical benefits.  Even better, your students can improve their concentration, memory, and overall happiness.

Mindfulness is simply being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the current moment and accepting your reality for what it is without judgement.   

50 Mindfulness Quotes

(Sprinkled with mindfulness activities to awaken your students and improve their lives.)


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~Dalai Lama
“Wherever you go, there you are.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” ~Robin S. Sharma
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ Buddha
 “Your actions are your only true belongings.” ~ Allan Lokos
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” ~Sharon Salzberg
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ~Pema Chodron
 “Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” ~ Buddha
 “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
 “The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.” ~Matthieu Ricard
Decorative banner serves as a visual reminder to practice mindfulness daily.

“Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.” ~Buddha
 ”Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“A mind set in its ways is wasted.” ~ Eric Schmidt
“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” ~ Amit Ray  
“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” ~ Buddha
“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
 “Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ~ Amit Ray
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
“One who is patient glows with an inner radiance.” ~ Allan Lokos
 “Nothing is forever except change.” ~ Buddha
 “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” ~ Pema Chödrön

These masks encourage mindful breaks during the school day.  They are also fun to color using "Mindful Coloring."


“We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” ~Jack Kornfield
 “Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
 “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha
 “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray
 “Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.” ~ Buddha
“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~Amit Ray “You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha  
“You cannot control the results, only your actions.” ~ Allan Lokos
“Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” ~ Jack Kornfield “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh “Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” ~Raji Lukkoor
 “Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” ~Allan Lokos
“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” ~Tara Brach
“What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is?” ~ Tara Brach

Every student will want to make one of these arm bands with their favorite mindulfulness reminders.

“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” ~Marcus Aurelius
 “The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~Rabbi Harold Kushner
“Don’t let life harden your heart.” ~ Pema Chödrön 
“When I’m hungry, I eat what I love. When I’m bored, I do something I love. When I’m lonely, I connect with someone I love. When I feel sad, I remember that I am loved.” ~ Michelle May
“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” ~Victoria Moran
 “When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
 “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go” ~Jack Kornfield
 “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~James Baraz
“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” ~Anthony de Mello

Do you have a favorite mindful quote or activity? Please share in the comments.

Growth Mindset Activities You Can Use Now to Help Students Today



“We can do hard things.”

This quote echoes through our home pretty often, and it’s one that I have to say to myself a lot, too. (7am faculty meetings, anyone?!)

The truth is that life is tough. And the students in whom we are so heavily invested are also navigating their own share of hard things. From bullying and friendship struggles to family problems and exposure to drugs, our students are facing lots of decisions that make life complicated and difficult.

One of the most significant ways we can empower our students to face hard things in life is by equipping them with a growth mindset. Helping them see the positive potential in a situation, to push through frustrating circumstances knowing that there’s something better on the other side, these are life skills that our students can employ for the rest of their lives. And the good news is, one can do this every day in the classroom!



There’s a lot to be said for teaching content in engaging and inspiring ways. And I’m in awe when I peek in on classrooms where teachers like you are consistently motivating even the most checked-out students and leaning into all of the challenges that being an educator brings. Whether you’re a counselor or a kindergarten teacher or anywhere in between, educating students in our world today ain’t for the faint of heart.

No matter what life throws at us, we can face it and allow it to shape and mold us into better people. This is a heart posture that many people lack because they haven’t learned to embrace all of life – the highs, the lows, and the in betweens – and learn from it. As you embolden your students to this truth, their hearts and minds are sure to awaken in ways you might not have thought possible.

 If you’re like me and want to promote a growth mindset in your students without sacrificing a lot of instructional time, I’ve put together some resources that will enable you to address this critical life skill in a time-efficient and no-prep way. From games and a scavenger hunt to crafts and class presentations, you’ll be set with my Growth Mindset Mega Bundle. With all of these activities at your fingertips, you can help your students shift from a fixed to a growth mindset all year long. And you’ll also rest easy knowing that you’ve also helped them make a change that will impact their lives in the years to come.

Engage Your Most Disinterested Students in 3 Easy Steps



Whether you are a classroom teacher, specialist, or school counselor, you have likely found that some students are just harder to reach during classroom instruction time. Let's put ourselves in their shoes for a moment. 

Have you ever sat in a faculty meeting and felt like the leaders at your school were completely out of touch with the needs of their teachers? I know I have. Feeling like your voice doesn’t matter, like your perspective isn’t important can be isolating and defeating. And it can also take a toll on one’s level of involvement and effort.

While we might not have control over how our school administrators value us as educators, we do have a say in how our students feel in our classroom. In a traditional classroom, teachers are the voice and students are the ears. Teachers say what to do and students do it. But as our understanding of learning and teaching methods grows and progresses, researchers now see a strong connection between student autonomy and student engagement in the classroom.

If you had a choice, I think we all would prefer to be in a learning environment in which our opinions are valued and we are given choices instead of simply told exactly what to do without any “give.”



This kind of shift is not necessarily easy to make, particularly for teachers who have been in the classroom for a longer period of time. But here are a few ways you can modify your current classroom methods, procedures and teaching strategies to incorporate more student choice and autonomy and also lessen your role as “the sage on the stage” in your classroom.

3 Steps to Engage Disinterested Students


1.    Instead of telling your students the answer to a question, ask them to discuss with a partner and justify their thinking. You can even give them a sentence-starter like, “I think the answer is ____ because today I learned that ____.”

2.    Give students three ways to show what they have learned at the end of the class period instead of giving them one independent assignment to complete. I like the “Talk about it, write about it, draw about it” method where students can either videotape or record themselves explaining their new knowledge, write a brief essay communicating what they’ve learned or draw an illustration that shows their main takeaways from the lesson.

3.    Give surveys to your students on a regular basis to gauge how they feel about your class and what changes they would make if they were the teacher. Google Forms is a great way to create surveys in a flash so that your students can give you confidential, focused feedback to drive your classroom instruction and structure.

At the end of the day, your job is not to make every student happy every time. But your job is to ensure that your students are learning at the deepest and most meaningful level. If you’re reading this, I already know that you’re a rockstar teacher because you care enough about your students to read education blogs in your free time! Why not try one of the tips above and see how it impacts the culture and community of your classroom?

Looking for some engaging craftivities to perk up your students and give them a brain break?  Click here.

For more tips on student-centered learning, check out this fantastic article by John McCarthy at Edutopia.