What is Your Mantra?

As we round out the school year, I have been thinking about my fresh start for next year. Thinking, what will my mantra be for workshop? What do I want to accomplish with my new writers? How do I keep myself positive on “those” days? I started to think I should begin with a quote to inspire me and make up my own as a spin off. Here are some inspiring words and maybe they will inspire you too as you begin to think about a mantra for the coming year.

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” Plutarch

“The words that come first are anybody’s words. You have to make them your own.” James Merrill

“The best writing advice I ever received was: Invent your confidence.” Diane Ackerman

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining: show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekov

“A writer’s job is to make the ordinary come alive, to awaken ourselves to the specialness of simply being.” Natalie Goldberg


I settled on this for a mantra. Maybe I will make this image into a poster to put near my desk. I think it would be a great idea to create a classroom mantra with your students. Decide what you want to be as a unit. What a great way to build community in your classroom.

I’d love to hear what your mantra is to keep yourself positive through life and the school year. Be sure to share in the comments.