I am a big proponent of using proverbs in education. In fact, I looked at proverbs and teacher use as part of my master’s thesis, and I found that most teachers use proverbs on a regular basis.

Why use proverbs?

Proverbs and maxims have been shown to be a powerful teaching tool in that they are easily remembered, recognizable, and convey a message. Proverbs often deal with such topics as: the value of learning, the value of help-seeking, the value of task persistence–all vital components of motivation and school success!

A few examples of proverbs that deal with work ethics and character are:

  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
  • Slow and steady wins the race.

Don’t these instantly convey a message in your mind?