This year I'm going to focus more on affirmations and acknowledgements. I will be putting up some new affirmational posters around my room this year, to help with the atmosphere. Affirmational posters are to be hung at ear level so that students have a constant view. When students see these, my hope is that they'll read them to themselves, and it will trigger a thought of positive thinking. When I look over and see them, my hope is that it will remind me to say one out loud during the lesson that day.
Here are a few of the new posters I made, which can be found on the Printable Freebies page:
Acknowledgements: Sometimes it's nice just to have someone say "Thank you". Acknowledge effort, not right or wrong answers, is what will keep the students trying and coming back for more. As a teacher, I am going to try to say "thank you" after a student shares or gives an answer. There are also situations which can call for a class acknowledgement. These can look like:
- A power whoosh
- 3 claps
- A "genius" kiss
- An air high five
- An air jellyfish fist bump
- A heart [students make a heart shape with their hands]
- Raise the roof
- And so many more that the kids can think of!!
Enjoy the posters!
You can also get these posters free via: