• Tina Centineo

Quote of the Week

Last October, I asked the kids, "What should I be for Halloween? While my students put the finishing touches on their very creative essays, I couldn't help but be impressed with their insightfulness. I know you are asking yourself, "What does any of this have to do with the Quote of the Week?" Let me tell you. Many of my students said that I should be a quote for Halloween! They felt this would be the perfect costume for me because I believe that quotes can inspire children, turn frowns upside down, and change lives!" They are so right!

The classroom Quote of the Week makes a lasting impact on my students, one that goes far beyond the classroom. The quote is at the forefront of our learning, every day. It helps to build our self and social awareness and inspires and motivate us to be our best self.

Every week, I choose a quote for my students. This quote usually ties into an SEL concept we are focusing on or a need I see among my students, which always makes it relevant and meaningful for them.

Let's take a look at the quote below, "You can't control how other people act, what they say or how they treat you. BUT YOU CAN CONTROL how you react, and that is YOUR POWER." This quote was chosen to go along with my lesson: "What's In Your Control~ What's Not In Your Control." The lesson was a direct response to a concern shared by students, which was that some classmates were choosing to disrupt the learning environment with continuous interruptions and silliness. According to some of the kids, it was making learning "hard" and "not fun anymore." These descriptions were enough for me to switch gears and do a different SEL lesson than I had originally planned. This response is what I refer to as SEL IN ACTION! The quote hit a chord with all the kids!



Once I introduce a quote, we discuss it as a group. What does it mean to you? What's your interpretation? Can anyone connect to the quote? We refer to it all week long, and we try to embody what it is teaching us. During our Morning Meetings, we'll read picture books and engage with interactive Morning Messages that connect to the quote. The read aloud and messages engage the kids in conversation and get them critically thinking about the quote.

When we finish with our Quote of the Week, I do a random raffle, and you can hear the cheers and excitement down the hallway! The winner gets to take the quote home! However, before they do, I videotape them sharing their final thoughts on what it means to them. I send this to parents, and it sets the stage for some great conversations at home.


I teach 3rd and 4th graders, and recently I had a former student come down to visit me. When I had him, he was an anxious and timid little boy. He was (is) profoundly gifted and didn't feel like he quite fit in. Fast forward to today, he's a confident young man who is a leader and spreads positivity wherever he goes. He said, "Mrs. Centineo, you once told me that the only person I had to be better than was the person that I was yesterday. Those words never left me. They meant the world to me."

The Power of Words...The Power of Quotes. They can inspire children, turn frowns upside down, and change lives!


And, in case you were wondering, my favorite quote is, "Today, I will be as happy as a bird with a French Fry," and yes, I did dress up as this quote last Halloween! The kids always get what they want!! :)


Thank you for reading my Blog Post! You can see more Quotes of the Week on my website and Instagram.


Please email me or message me with any questions!

I'd love to be a support for you as you incorporate SEL into your classroom!

Always SELebrate YOU,

Tina



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