Positive affirmations, when spoken often, help to retrain our thinking and mindsets to believe in the positive. All of the messages we are sent throughout the day between our peers, the media, the world we live in, and our self-talk are creating the belief system in which we see the world and ourselves. Speaking positive affirmations allows us redirect the negative messages we are sent, and instead believe in the positive and the good inside of ourselves. Many children carry baggage into the classroom today, and need help believing that they are capable, loved, and important- enter daily positive affirmations!
There are many ways to incorporate the use of positive affirmations into your classroom! Our favorite way is to make it a part of our morning meeting routine as we’re getting started for the day. When we finish our morning message and speed share, students close their eyes and I read aloud the affirmations, pausing after each one so my students can repeat it to themselves. You may also use it during a time of day when students need help settling in or have a stressful event come up such as a test. You may also leave the affirmation cards at a “cool down” station in your classroom, or somewhere else students could access them by themselves. It doesn’t matter how or when you use them, just that you find a time to fit them into students’ lives to help them to create a positive mindset!