So I have been thinking if I wanted to do some sort of class theme and I don't really want to do something cutesy like animals or something, but would like a class motto or quote to go along with my room. I love this poem:
Poem: The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line
"FACE IT, nobody owes you a living.
What you achieve, or fail to achieve in your lifetime
Is directly related to what you do or fail to do.
No one chooses his parent or childhood,
But you can choose your own direction.
Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome,
But that too is relative to each individual.
NOTHING IS CARVED IN STONE!
You can change anything in your life
If you want to badly enough.
Excuses are for losers! Those who take responsibility for their actions
Are the real winners in life.
Winners meet life challenges head on
Knowing there are guarantees, and give it all they've got
And never think it's too late or too early to begin.
Time plays no favorites
And will pass whether you act or not
Take control of your LIFE
Dare to Dream and take risks......
If you aren't willing to work for your goals Don't expect others to.
I'm not sure how to work it into a bulletin board. But maybe it could be something the class recites or signs in agreement to. Maybe they could discuss what the poem means to them and how it makes them feel. Maybe discuss personal goals and make those into a bulletin board? What grade do you teach?
Perhaps you could break the poem down into single or double lines, and ask individual or partnered students to create a poster to go with each line/set of lines. Then you could hang them in order around the room. You could hang some clouds or stars to go with the idea. The effect would be student-created and not too cutesy.