Using positive affirmations gives you back control of your mind and the information it receives. It puts you in the driver’s seat of your mind and lets you flood it with positive information which will change you for the better!
140 Positive affirmation statements (formatted 2 per page: 70 pages)
These were created to suit any classroom. No junior school clipart to make it seem ‘too young’; just brightly coloured borders and fonts that really pop!
As there are 140 statements, you are sure to find statements to suit your age level and group of students.
Ways to use it:
-Could be printed A4 or A3 and displayed as posters in the room or create a bulletin board
- Print smaller and make an affirmation flip book (you could laminate for durability). Punch a hole in the corner or 2 at the top. Use book rings to fasten. Students can flip through these every day.
- Have students choose a few at the start of the week and write them in their goal setting book or on sticky notes on their desk.
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Why Use Affirmations in the classroom?
Affirmations are positive, specific statements that help students to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help them visualise, and believe in, what they're affirming to themselves, helping them to make positive changes to their life and learning.
Try looking at positive affirmations this way – many of us do repetitive exercises to improve our body's physical health and condition. Affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook; these positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think, and act, in a new way.
Affirmations are often more effective when they're paired with other positive thinking and goal-setting techniques.
For instance, affirmations work particularly well alongside visualisation– instead of just picturing the change we'd like to see with visualisation, we're also saying it aloud using a positive affirmation.
Affirmations are also useful when setting goals. Once students have identified the goals they’d like to achieve in the short and long term, they can use positive affirmations to help keep themselves motivated in order to achieve them.
The power of affirmations also lies in their repetition. It's useful to recite affirmations several times a day (have them displayed on walls or desks). You also need to encourage students to repeat their affirmation as soon as they start to engage in a negative thought or behaviour.
Some say it takes 21 days of repetition for an affirmation make its mark on your psyche, so aim to keep your affirmation going for at least a month. In the beginning you will have to consciously choose to repeat your affirmations. If you repeat them at every opportunity they will begin to replace the negative mind banter that takes over when we are not monitoring our thoughts.
Affirmations are more effective when they're thought or said with feeling. Every affirmation chosen to repeat should be a phrase that's meaningful to the individual student. They need to want this change to happen.
We all have in our brains a thing called a Reticular Activating System (RAS), which is like a filter that lets in information that we need, and filters out information that we don’t. If we didn’t have this system, we would be bombarded with so much information that our senses would overload and we would go into massive overwhelm. Instead, our brain registers what matters to us based on our goals, needs, interests, and desires. When you say an affirmation over and over again, a couple of things happen. One is that it sends a very clear message to your RAS that this is important to you. When you do that, it gets busy noticing ways to help you achieve your goals. If ideal weight is your emphasis, you will suddenly begin to see every gym and weight loss product. If money is your goal, investment and earning opportunities will move to the forefront of your awareness. In essence, the affirmation can kick your creativity into high gear.
The other way affirmations work is that they create a dynamic tension in our beings. If what I am saying is at a higher vibration that what I perceive the truth to be, the dynamic tension is uncomfortable. For instance, if I am saying “I am joyfully and healthfully at my ideal weight” when in actuality I am 10, 20, 30+ pounds above my ideal weight, a painful incongruence is felt between what I perceive the truth to be and what I am saying. Since this is uncomfortable, we want to rid ourselves of the tension. There are only two ways to do that: one is to stop saying the affirmation; the other is to raise the bar on reality by making the affirmation and reality match.