Practicing positive affirmations are a powerful way to support social-emotional learning with your students. This coping strategy is effective in helping individuals navigate through uncertainty, manage tough emotions, and persevere through challenges. When used on a regular basis, it can help build confidence, reduce stress, and promote a sense of happiness overall. The next time you or your students need a boost of confidence or assurance, give these solutions a try.
Coping Strategies to Support You and Your Students’ Social-Emotional Wellbeing
When you and your students could use a pick-me-up, try one of these strategies.
1. If your students are dealing with anxiety…
Try a quick breathing exercise for a calming effect.
2. If your students are feeling helpless…
Discuss the positive things they can do to make a difference in their community or in their lives.
3. If your students can’t identify their feelings…
Have students establish a journaling routine. Give them a daily prompt and ask them to write about how they feel. Some prompts for processing tough emotions could be:
- The feelings I’ve experiencing a lot lately are…
- The next time I experience a negative emotion, I’m going to…
- Some ways I could acknowledge negative emotions without judgment are…
4. If your students are struggling with something…
Encourage a positive learning mindset with a daily class affirmation. Consider coming up with an affirmation together, or use one of these as a starting point:
- I believe in myself.
- I can do hard things.
- I am proud of the progress I’ve made.
- Mistakes are a chance to learn.
- Struggling makes me stronger.
5. If your students are bored or disengaged…
Search TpT for a resource relevant to their interests.
6. If you are having a rough teaching day…
Recite a positive affirmation to yourself to help you re-center, feel confident, and stay calm. Here are a few affirmations you might try:
- I’m making a difference.
- I am becoming a better teacher every day.
- My job matters!
- I treat myself and my students with kindness and respect.
- I believe in my students.
- I am a competent and capable teacher.
- I’m open to learning.
- I am creating a better tomorrow for my students.
- I’m thankful to have a challenging and fulfilling job.
As you navigate new challenges throughout the school year, adding positive affirmations and coping strategies to your teaching toolkit can help support a healthy learning environment for you and your students. For even more affirmations and coping strategies to try, check out the these creative resources, which include both a printable and digital option.
This post originally appeared in TpT’s Back to School 2020 Guide: For Teachers Creating Tomorrow.