30 Motivational and Inspiring Posters for Your Classroom

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As a young student, I spent a lot of my time at school in daydream. Sometimes I’d stare out of the window, but often times, I’d gather inspiration and motivation from the posters and artwork pinned around the classroom.

Now with the cynicism that age often brings, we have a tendency to look back at those popular motivational posters with the black borders as hopelessly cheesy. Of course they are, but that doesn’t dilute their effectiveness on the young dreamer and fledgling seeker.

Remember that the combination of uplifting, you-can-do-it message with a striking visual is irresistible. You just can’t help but look, read, and ponder.

But if the idea of plastering your classroom walls with old school motivational posters gives you pause, the good news is you have access to more choices nowadays. And even better news? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite motivational posters below, all crafted with the new generation in mind.

I dare you not to be inspired yourself when browsing through these brilliantly designed posters. Keep in mind that all of these posters are available for purchase or free immediate download. Happy browsing/ daydreaming!

1. “Never Never Never Give Up” / Artwork by Scholastic

Using luminous colors that almost hum with electricity, this encouraging poster urges students to stay charged up. It also signifies how everything in life is connected and that the end result of never giving up will be positive.

Poster available here.

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2. “You never know, if you don’t reach for it.” / Artwork by Laura Gomez

Playing off of a retro children’s video game theme, this poster reminds students to take a leap and reach for their goals. While symbolic, the poster doesn’t lose its sense of playfulness.

Poster available here.

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3. “When you enter this classroom…” / Artwork by Printable Wall Story

This poster uses primary colors without coming across as garish. It lists important student affirmations that reinforce what you, as the teacher, believes about your students. It’s a loving and encouraging message that shares your sentiments with your classroom.

Poster available here.

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4. “The world is but a canvas to the imagination. -Henry David Thoreau” / Artwork by Scholastic

Remind your students that imagination is what colors the world with this inventive poster. It’s hard not to get lost in the magical world created by the poster’s artist, and also the world that we live in, too.

Poster available here.

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5. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t– you’re right.” / Artwork by Design Deals

Using a rousing quote from Henry Ford, this minimalist poster is incredibly powerful in its simplicity. It reminds your student that his ability to reach a goal remains on his own state of mind. This bundle from Design Deals includes over 100 different quotes, allowing you to create a cohesive design theme around your classroom.

Poster available here.

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6. “Create your life” / Artwork by Sunny_Red

This black and white, doodle inspired poster welcomes students to become an active participant literally. Print out your poster at a local print shop and then get your students involved in coloring it. Afterwards, hang your poster and let it serve as a classroom keepsake.

Poster available here.

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7. “You are amazing” / Artwork by Grop

Simple, crisp, and refreshing, this poster only uses three colors and three words but will leave a powerful impression on the student.

Poster available here.

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8. “Shine like a star” / Artwork by Grop

This hand-drawn graphic practically flickers with enthusiasm. It reminds students to shine brightly, no matter what they choose to do.

Poster available here.

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9. “Keep on dreaming” / Artwork by Julymilks

This poster is sweet with impressive typography and a straightforward message. It captures the idea of daydreaming in beautiful, childlike simplicity.

Poster available here.

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10. “Nothing will work unless you do. -Maya Angelou” / Artwork by Keep Calm Collection

This motivational quote by the incomparable Maya Angelou will remind your students that they alone are the impetus which moves the needle.

Poster available here.

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11. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. -EE Cummings” / Artwork by Keep Calm Collection

Another quote from another brilliant poet, this one acknowledges how difficult it is to develop into the person you are. It’s a stirring reminder that growing up isn’t always easy, and often requires fearless determination.

Poster available here.

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12. “Dream Inspire Share Smile Believe Teamwork Create” / Artwork by Rosenberry Rooms

Set against a dark background, the inspirational message in this poster shines brightly through. It accurately sets expectations of what you want your students to do when in your classroom without succumbing to wordiness.

Poster available here.

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13. “Mistakes are proof that you are trying” / Artwork by Alex Dunfee

Playful and messy, the cheerful colors in this poster reminds students that it’s not only okay to make mistakes, but encouraged. Why? That means they’re at least trying.

Poster available here.

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14. “I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.” / Artwork by GDM Prints

What a powerful affirmation for self-esteem. This poster is both unflinching and gutsy. It’s seminal message stands out against a no-fluff background.

Poster available here.

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15. “The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt” / Artwork by Becca Cahan

Energetic and whimsical in design, this poster includes a fascinating and stimulating message from one of the nation’s most beloved First Ladies. The typography is both retro and fresh, and the message is as powerful now as it was generations ago.

Poster available here.

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16. “Don’t follow your dreams; Chase them.” / Artwork by GDM Prints

It’s cartoonish without being overly childish. It’s declarative without being overly in-your-face. This poster reminds students that passively yearning for their dreams won’t do. Instead, you must actively pursue them.

Poster available here.

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17. “All things are difficult before they are easy. -Thomas Fuller” / Artwork by Amy Lee Scott

An uncomplicated message that reminds students not to despise a difficult beginning. With doing, all things become easier. The soft, watercoloring and fanciful typography complete the message.

Poster available here.

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18. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference! -Winston Churchill” / Artwork by Creative Teaching Press

As a teacher, you definitely run into all sorts of attitudes. Whether you’re dealing with rebellion, defeat, or any other type of negativity, this poster will remind your students that their attitude will directly influence their results.

Poster available here.

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19. “It’s okay to not know but it’s not okay to not try.” / Artwork by Creative Teaching Press

Use this poster to encourage your students to ask questions when they’re unsure. This helps your students understand that not participating is never the answer.

Poster available here.

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20. “You never fail until you stop trying. -Albert Einstein” / Artwork by Creative Teaching Press

Here’s a dose of encouragement by Albert Einstein that helps your students realize that pitfalls and minor setbacks aren’t the end of the story, as long as you get up and try again.

Poster available here.

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21. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela” / Artwork by Aimee Ferre

These moving words by one of the most inspirational figures in all of history will remind students to think of education as a vehicle for changing the world. An important reminder when your students are dredging through geometry.

Poster available here.

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22. “Before you speak THINK: Is It True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?” / Artwork by Teach Junkie

THINK is a creative and colorful acronym that reminds your students to think before they speak to you and each other.

Poster available here.

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23. “Wise Words” / By Kate Pickle

Each petal of this flower explains to students how to interact in the classroom. It re-affirms positive communication while using a cheerful and friendly color scheme. These lessons they’ll use the rest of their lives.

Poster available here.

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24. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss” / Artwork by Aki Altuna

Dr. Seuss is a source of infinite inspiration, and so are these free poster printables by Aki Altuna. Use one or all three to decorate your class and remind your students to meet the world with bravery.

Poster available here.

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25. “Watch your thoughts, they become words…” / Artwork by Scholastic

This dynamic poster guides your students through the process of how thoughts become your destiny. It’s a powerful lesson that young people need to learn early on.

Poster available here.

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26. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -Thomas Edison” / Artwork by Scholastic

What great advice from one of the greatest inventors of all time! This motivational poster uses a light bulb to tie back to Edison and to remind students that a flash of inspiration can light the way.

Poster available here.

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27. “No dreamer is ever too small. No dream is ever too big.” / Artwork by Scholastic

I love the lighthearted tone in these graphics. This poster serves as a fresh, youthful, and ebullient cheerleader.

Poster available here.

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28. “Never lose your sense of wonder.” / Artwork by Scholastic

The perspective of this artwork is dazzling. It reminds students to look at life from different perspectives, not settling just for the straightforward view.

Poster available here.

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29. “Open your mind. Open a book.” / Artwork by Scholastic

No classroom is complete without a dutiful nod to reading. This expressive poster is exuberant and filled with whimsy as it challenges students to open and expand their minds through reading.

Poster available here.

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30. “Dream Big” / Artwork by Shabz Designs

Both vibrancy and verve define this technicolor poster. It’s hard not to fall hypnotized to its brilliant use of color and it’s simple, but bold message: dream big. We agree.

Poster available here.

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Which one of these classroom posters is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments below.

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