Using Positive Affirmations to create a Growth Mindset in students

We all have a ‘little voice in our head’ that is continually telling us something about our abilities, our character, our strengths and our value in this world. Is your little voice a positive voice or is it more negative?

Every student that walks inside a classroom has that same ‘little voice’ too. It’s been created through their life experiences and what has been said to them by parents, friends, and teachers.

If students do not believe in themselves, their abilities to learn, create, explore and communicate will be vastly limited!

That is why research shows that creating a positive growth mindset in students – a ‘can do’, ‘never stop’, ‘I can’ attitude – is so important. One fantastic way to do this is to purposefully teach students positive, personal affirmations….and that is why I’ve created the complete set of resources to do just that!

Bundle #3 is a resource that contains all products to help you drive home positive,
self-affirmations in your students.

I’ve created several resources and bundled them so that you, as a parent or educator, can make the most impact in a child’s life and save money purchasing everything in this one bundle!

In this bundle, you’ll find classroom posters, a coloring book, bookmarks and a journal (differentiated for use with PreK-2nd Grade)…

Product #1: Positive Affirmation Posters for Growth Mindset
This resource includes 20 colorful, student-centered, self-affirming quotes. Use throughout your classroom or display one at a time (one week at a time) as you teach and reinforce each affirmation.

Product #2: Positive Affirmations Coloring Book
This resource exactly mirrors the posters (product #1) and students will love coloring each page.

Product #3: Positive Affirmation Bookmarks
This resource includes 3 sets of bookmarks that exactly aligns with the products above.
* Set 1: B/W for students to color.
* Set 2: Full-Color
* Set 3: Color illustrations with B/W font.

Product #4: Self-Affirmations Journal – Differentiated
This resource includes 3 levels of journal pages for each affirmation.

  1. Level 1: Students print over dotted-lined words and draw a picture
  2. Level 2: Students write the affirmation plus answer 2 questions on provided lines (with dotted middle line).
  3. Level 3: Students write the affirmation plus answer 2 questions on single lines.

The affirmations are simple and straight to the point…Perfect for use with younger students!

The affirmations included:
1. I believe in myself.
2. I am important.
3. I am unique.
4. I have a good mind.
5. I can do anything I decide to do.
6. I have a lot to give.
7. I can learn new things.
8. I am a hard worker.
9. I will always keep trying.
10. I will always put forth my best effort.
11. I can learn from my mistakes.
12. I can learn from feedback.
13. I am always learning.
14. I can make good choices.
15. I can be a good friend.
16. I am a good listener.
17. I will follow my dreams.
18. I will make a difference.
19. I will be an inspiration to others.
20. I will be successful.

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Keys to Successful Teaching: Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Part 1

Becoming a successful teacher isn’t easy for everyone. Let’s face it, some people just seem to have been ‘born to teach‘ while others of us must work at it. Why is that? Why do some teachers seem to be better at educating their students while others struggle? 

What are the keys to successful teaching?

Successful teachers seem to possess certain characteristics that others do not.  So what are these characteristics?

I’ve done a great deal of research to find the answer to this question. After reviewing  my findings plus using my own 20+ years of personal experience (both in the public school classroom as well as years of being a homeschooling mom and mentor), I’ve compiled a list of what I call ‘Keys to Successful Teaching.”

KEY #1: A successful teacher will create a positive learning environment

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Every learning environment is different and made up of a variety of aspects and although you may not be in control of every little (or big) aspect, there are those you DO have control over. In this post, I will be writing about….

Purposeful Role-Modeling

The younger a student is, the more adaptable their thought processes and habits are in response to positive role models. A role model can be anyone that someone looks up to and wishes to be like – and that bond can develop at any age. ” (source)

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I role model enthusiasm and optimism?
    – How do I display enthusiasm for life in the classroom?
    – Which subject(s) am I most enthusiastic about when teaching? How do I demonstrate my enthusiasm about the subjects(s)?
    – Which subject(s) am I least enthusiastic about when teaching? How can I change this?
    – Do I display my enjoyment of teaching? If so, how?
  • Do I role model kindness and respect in the classroom?
    – How do I react when I’m frustrated with a student?
    – Do I listen to my students?
    – Do I use kind and encouraging words?
  • Do I try to ‘catch’ students in acts for which I can affirm in the moment?
    – Do I immediately affirm appropriate behavior, leadership, acts of kindness?
  • Do I role model a love of learning?
    – How do I show my students that I still love to learn?
    – Do they see me taking steps to increase my knowledge?
    – What can I do to ensure they see me wanting to learn new things?
  • Do I allow myself to be vulnerable in front of my students?
    – Have you ever shared a time that you failed at something or made a mistake and you were vulnerable enough to talk about it within the learning environment of the classroom? If so, did you also talk about the positive steps you took as a result?
  • Do I role model problem solving in front of my students?
    – Do you practice the process of ‘thinking-out-loud’ about a problem in the classroom? Analyzing a situation or problem, thinking about the pros and cons of different strategies to use, working through a chosen strategy to come to a resolution or answer?
  • Do I display a positive self-image?
    – Do I demonstrate self-confidence within the classroom? If so, how?
    – Do I have areas of my self-image that need improving ? What are they and how can I go about doing so?

Whether you teach in a classroom, in a co-op or are a homeschooling parent,  remember that YOU are an important role model in the life of each of your students. Purposeful role modeling is vital to creating a positive learning environment.

I have created a ‘Purposeful Role-Modeling’ Worksheet to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in this area. If you’d like a FREE COPY, please complete the below form…

Purposeful Role-Modeling Worksheet
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In my next post “Keys to Successful Teaching –
Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Part 2 “
, I will share why and how you should create and communicate high expectations.

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