All three fifth grade classes worked on creating an uplifting bulletin board display to learn different ways to encourage others.  We wanted to show each other how to choose words carefully because what we say to each other can affect our day and our learning.  We learned that if someone is having a rough day or if someone is feeling sad or frustrated, a kind word or action is all a person needs to motivate him or her to improve their day.  It really made students think about their choice of words to each other.  Having a positive attitude can improve academic and behavior performance in the classroom.  It can motivate them to learn and participate in class.  Some of the quotes students shared were, “Be yourself, who else is better qualified?”, “If you can think it, you can accomplish it!”, and “Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.”