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If you spent your summer going to workshops or inservices, you know they go hand-in-hand with motivational exercises and displays. What works for teachers works for students too, and one of our T2T subscribers recently got the ball rolling with ideas for acrostics. Have your students come up with acrostics for your school mascot, school name, teacher's name, or even individual students' names. For example:

Let yourself do better.
Invite a challenge.
Open your mind.
Now is the time for improvement.
Supply our group with new ideas.

For those of you that want to start the year with one ready to go, we've compiled the entire alphabet, with a lot of help from T2T contributor, Allison Miller. We welcome your contributions to this list by email, and we'll continue to update this page as ideas come in.

A -- Anybody can be a friend
A -- All ideas count
A -- Always do your best
A -- Appropriate behavior is expected
A -- Assignments are to be turned in on time
A -- Always put your best foot forward
B -- Be prepared for class (homework, supplies, books)
B -- Be polite to others
B -- Be respectful to yourself and others
B -- Be kind
C -- Consider others
C -- Care for our classroom
C -- Cooperate with your classmates
C -- Challenge yourself
D -- Drop a kind word to a classmate
D -- Do your best
D -- Develop new skills daily
D -- Don't give up
E -- Everyone can do their best
E -- Expect success
E -- Enjoy learning
E -- Erase negative thinking
E -- Enter ready to learn
E -- Establish good study habits
F -- Finish your work
F -- Friends share
F -- Find good qualities in others
F -- Focus on the positives
G -- Goals can be acheived
G -- Give a helping hand
G -- Great attitudes help learning
G -- Get ahead by working hard
G -- Get organized
H -- Help others
H -- Have fun
H -- Hand in your best work
H -- Help each other
I -- Imagination takes you places
I -- Integrity
I -- Involve others when playing
I -- Investigate new learning
I -- Interact with others appropriately
I -- Innovate
i -- Ignore all insults

I -- Invite others to join your game
J -- Jump for joy when you succeed
J -- Just do your best
K -- Kindness is expected
-- Keep trying
K -- Kids are special
K -- Kindness counts
K -- Keep your supplies organized
L -- Learn new things
L -- Laugh with your friends
L -- Listen carefully
M -- Make the most of your time
M -- Make new friends
M -- Mind your manners
M -- Manage your time and space
M -- Never give up
M -- Notice the positives about your classmates
N -- Nurture each other
-- Name and date on all papers
N -- Never settle for less than your best
N -- Never give up
O -- Open your mind
O -- Obey classroom and school rules
O -- Organize your space
O -- Open up your mind to learning
O -- Offer your help to others
O -- Obey school and classroom rules
P -- Prompt in all ways
-- Prepared to work
P -- Productive for the entire class period
P -- Polite to all
-- Perservere
P -- Play fairly
P -- Participate in class
P -- Prepare for the future by studying now
P -- Practice makes perfect
Q -- Quitters never win
Q -- Quiet in the halls
Q -- Quality work is importantRespect yourself and others
R -- Reach for the stars
R -- Remember to follow classroom rules
R -- Responsible students complete assignments on time
R -- Respect yourself and others
R -- Rise above your problems
R -- Responsible students are prepared for class
S -- Strive for success
S -- Smile and have fun
S -- Share with others
S -- Set reasonable goals for yourself; then work on them
S -- Strive for success
S -- Schedule time to complete homework
S -- Study each night
T -- Take time to check supplies every morning
T -- Think before you act
T -- Treat yourself and others with respect
T -- Try your best
T -- Teach someone something new
U -- Use your time wisely
V -- Volunteer to help
V -- Victory can be yours
W -- Waste not, want not
W -- Winners never quit
W -- Wear a positive attitude
X -- X out your negative attitude
X -- X-pect success
Y -- You will do great if you follow the rules
Y -- You can do it!
Z -- Zap negative thoughts
Z -- Zero in on your strengths
Z -- Zoom in on the positives
Z -- Zero in on the task

History Trivia
From T2T contributor "teeech32"

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted...We shouldn't. So, take a couple of minutes and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.