Using Positive Affirmations in the Classroom
Teachers, this one is for you!
Have you ever found yourself repeating a positive statement enough that you finally believe it? For example, I can do this! I will try my best! We often say these positive affirmations to erase those negative thoughts in our heads. Teach your students to fight off these negative thoughts.
Classroom affirmations are used to create a positive and supportive environment. Affirmations develop an atmosphere where it is the norm to acknowledge and affirm positive behaviors, thoughts and actions. Used consistently, affirmations can change students’ attitudes and their actions.
Positive affirmation classroom activities:
- Display a Daily Affirmation – Place a daily affirmation in a prominent place in the classroom that will be visual to students as they enter the classroom.
- Create an Affirmation Wall – Create an affirmation wall with colorful post it and/or paper with hand written affirmations, encourage students to add to the wall throughout the day.
- Affirmation Circle – Form a circle with students and ask for volunteers to take turns standing in the middle of the circle and share a personal affirmation.
- Affirmation Discussion – Share an affirmation with students and then hold a group discussion about the meaning of it and how the affirmation might look in action (inside and outside of the classroom.