Sunday, December 7, 2014

Changing Our Words, Changing Our Mindset

The words we use each day, both positive and negative, can really affect the way we view ourselves as learners, and the way we approach our learning. Recently I shared some negative phrases we might say, and asked the children to brainstorm some positive things we could say instead. (Credit for this idea really goes to a picture I saw on Pinterest.) 

On Friday I gave each child one of the positive statements on a sticky note, and asked them to illustrate it. We sat in a big circle on the rug to do this, myself included, sharing crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It turned into a really nice, relaxing time for the class, with great impromptu discussions about times we could have really used some of these statements, as well as other positive statements we could also say.

Here we are working on our posters:

Here are the finished products on our Great Work bulletin board:

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