I love quotations and put them up each day I was a teacher; even when I floated, I'd go room to room each morning and stake out a corner of the chalkboard. I liked to close the year with Emerson, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." And I think he's right.
Words, words, words. Love 'em.
I also hung up favorite poems. My wonderful directing teacher, Maureen, had been a poetry major in college. She studied with a poet named Robert Francis and showed me this poem, "Summons," which I copied out. ("That's what's special about you, Lisa," she said when I pulled a notebook out of my backpack and started to copy it out. I'm glad she didn't say, "insane.") I later wrote it neatly in India ink on tie-dye paper a student gave me when I was a student teacher, and had it on my wall all the years of my teaching life. It's my little credo. (It was among the first things former students asked me about when they friended me on Facebook. Everyone can do with a good poem.)