Student Affirmations (Day 9 of 25 Days of School in the Christmas Season)

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

I had the opportunity to go through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts training by The Flippen Group. The training is unbelievable and really helps you focus on the students in your classroom. There is a lot to the training, but I just want to talk about one thing that I have been using in my classroom this year.

I have an Affirmation Box at the back of the classroom with affirmation slips next to the box. I talked with the students about what should go on the slips of paper. These are not a place to write “you’re cool” or “you’re funny”. These slips of paper are thanking students for the great things they do in class or for other students.

Well, our school also has Student of the Month for each grade level. One boy and one girl are chosen for each grade level and are celebrated for being the Student of the Month.

Since we are doing the affirmations in our classroom, I went to the other teachers and asked what they thought about students nominating those who they feel should be rewarded and why, then teachers would vote from the nominations. It was a hit.

Now I’m amazed at what students write for each other. This is a great way to really see what students feel is important to them. It also allows me to see how great they can be to recognize their classmates for great things they are doing.

I love having the honor of reading these affirmations and nominations. Then after reviewing them (to make sure there are no inappropriate remarks) I get to hand them out to the students. It’s great to see their faces light up when they get one of these. They show it off to their friends and teachers.

Students do care for one another.

Yes, there have even been a few that have caused tears. When students see how others are treated and then write them notes of hope and love, it is amazing. It’s their way of showing those students that someone does care for them and to continue to be strong.

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