I'll go with the pick-me-ups. I like humor, especially sarcasm. Here is a list of my favorites. I print them on my notebook covers.
The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
As Long As There Are Tests, There Will Be Prayer In Public Schools
Graduate Soon! Millions On Welfare Depend On You
If At First You Don't Succeed ... Blame Someone Else And Seek Counseling.
Jesus Is Coming! Look Busy!
Welcome To **** Creek - Sorry, We're Out Of Paddles
Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings. They did it by killing everyone who opposed them.
Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning.
I went to school to become a wit, only got halfway through.
Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge. (Mark Twain)
"Genius without education is like silver in the mine." (Benjamin Franklin).
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. (Mark Twain)
You don't drown because you fall into the water. You drown because you stay there.
Hunter's Observation on Education and Oz: "We can give you a diploma, but we can't give you a brain."
Here's some serious ones
A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.