8 #GIRLBOSS Quotes for Teachers

In a nutshell, being a #GIRLBOSS means you're focused, competent, and confident.  And, I think we can all agree that these are qualities that are beneficial for teachers too (even if you aren't a girl)!  The following quotes will hopefully motivate you to be a boss, a #teacherboss.

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Teachers love to teach. They also love to learn.  Sometimes we learn from professional development books, trainings, conferences, or even quotes. Yes, quotes.  Sometimes, quotes serve as powerful reminders and open our eyes.

As I recently reread #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, I realized that there are several quotes from her book that teachers can learn from.  She may be a self-made business mogul, but much of her down to earth, straightforward advice can be applied to any person, in any profession.

How true this is! We don't always see immediate results in the classroom but that doesn't mean that the wheels of learning aren't in motion. We have to remain confident that what we are doing will turn into something huge, eventually.  We have to.

"Remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you."

If you've read this blog for a while you know that I'm just a big kid at heart. Please don't ever grow up. I mean, yes, you are an adult and adulting is inevitable, but that doesn't mean you can't still love Hello Kitty, Care Bears, or whatever. How else do you expect to identify with that classroom full of littles? And as for that Man. He seems to be knocking on our door all the time. Don't mind him. Play the game, but do what you need to do for your students.

"You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen."

Teaching is hard work. And it demands creativity.  A few years back, my nephew was on track to become a teacher.  He earned his degree and everything, but ultimately he chose another profession because too many of his professors convinced him that creativity was dead in teaching. What?!? Clearly these people are out of touch with reality. It takes creativity to integrate your subjects, modify programs to meet your students needs, plan engaging lessons, and fit everything into a week, let alone one day. Creativity in teaching is not dead. It's alive and well, my friends. When you're willing to put in the work coupled with creativity and a belief that it's all worth it, you will see results. Your students will respond and you will see growth.

Enough said. This quote basically applies to every person, anywhere.

"You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it."

Talk is cheap. Show up and do your job. People don't need you to tell them how good you are, they will see your dedication, determination, and drive. They will see you are committed to your craft. They will know how awesome you are simply by you doing your thing. You don't have to tell them. 

"No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be."

This quote reminds me of something my mom repeated throughout my childhood, "Worry about yourself."  This saying has become my life's mantra.  Focus on making yourself the best teacher you can be. Who cares what the teacher down the hall thinks.  She doesn't know your students and their needs, nor does she necessarily know what's best. Just do you. 

"Focus on the positive things in your life and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening."

There are so many negatives to this job, like an overwhelming number of negatives. But dwelling on them won't get you anywhere. With that said, you're human, go ahead and vent.  It's natural.  But then, get proactive. Find a solution that turns it into positive. Make it work for you the best you can.

"When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility."

I like to think that as teachers we are always looking to do these three things. I equate them to being the best teacher you can be. I like to think that if you're being the best you possible, you won't fail. Sure, you might encounter a hiccup or stumble a bit along the way, but you won't fail.

Whether you're a new, or a not so new, teacher, there is always room to gain more experience, perspective, and knowledge.  I fear teacher burnout.  I fear becoming the teacher that does the same thing every single year. I fear losing my passion.  If I allow these things to happen, I will fail. So, I do whatever I can to make sure that doesn't happen.  I read books and articles to expand my perspective and knowledge base and I collaborate with my peers to have a deeper understanding of my craft.  

I wish I could say I have a favorite quote from above, but they all resonate with me. They are all straightforward reminders to just go out and do my job, like a boss. ;)

Do you have a favorite? Did one quote resonate with you more than the others? Leave a comment below.  I'd love to know!


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  1. Hi Kirby,

    Thanks for stopping by! I think that quote is perfect for middle school kids! I'm so glad you found a quote that you can share with your students too. :)


  2. That is a great one! Thank you so much for stopping by today!


  3. I love the third one! Thanks for sharing!


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