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Are you thinking about creating an affirmation station in your classroom? If so then this post is for you. In this posts I’ll show you the easy steps to implement one, and the benefits of doing so. Read to the end for free affirmation station printables!
An affirmation station is a designated area in your classroom that promotes positive self-talk, empowerment, and confidence-building among your students. It includes affirmations often around a mirror, to encourage students to use and internalize positive messages daily.
Using an affirmation station in your classroom is an effective way to support social-emotional learning and foster a positive classroom atmosphere. Not only does it create a safe space for students to reflect on their strengths and goals, but it also encourages a more inclusive learning environment where everyone feels valued and heard. By reading and repeating positive statements regularly, your students can develop a habit of positive self-talk and build their self-esteem.
Are you ready to get started? Here are some creative ideas to get you inspired.
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Place a mirror in your station and surround it with positive affirmations written on sticky notes or printed on card stock. Encourage your students to use the mirror and read the affirmations aloud to themselves, internalizing the positive messages.
Incorporate affirmations into your morning routine or during class transitions. Set aside a few minutes each day for students to visit the station, read an affirmation, and visualize themselves achieving their goals.
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Fill a jar with affirmation slips containing positive messages. Allow students to draw an affirmation from the jar to read and keep throughout the day as a reminder of their worth and ability to succeed.
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Create an interactive station with post it notes and encourage students to take what they need.
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Create a bulletin board and hang positive messages on clothespins so you can swap them out when you want a little update.
Keep your affirmation station fresh and engaging by regularly updating the affirmations and involving your students in the process. The more invested they are in this space, the more inclined they'll be to use it and experience its benefits.
It’s pretty easy to setup. Let’s take a look at the steps below.
The first step is to choose a space in your classroom where you can set up this station without causing distraction or clutter. This area should be easily accessible for all students but separate from the main learning areas.
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A cozy corner in the classroom might be the perfect spot for your station.
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If you have enough space, why not dedicate one wall to positive I am statements.
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Adding affirmations to the class door is a great idea especially if you don’t have a lot of extra space in your class.
Next, choose a theme or design that matches your classroom decor and creates a positive vibe.
Then you’ll want to gather your materials. Here are some of the materials you’ll need.
Ok, let’s go over your options for these in more detail.
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One of the most popular setups is with a full-length mirror to serve as the centerpiece of your station. Add colorful, uplifting I am statements to surround the mirror.
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I also love the look of a small mirror, placed low enough so that students can see their face in it.
Choosing your cards is the fun part. You can create your own, purchase some on Etsy or you can download some for free. There are some at the bottom of this post!
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To create your affirmation cards, gather materials like a laminator, colored paper, or cardstock to create durable affirmation cards. These cards should include positive statements that empower and uplift your students.
Use a variety of phrases or quotes, so each student can find something that resonates with them. You can also encourage students to create their own affirmation cards.
Arrange the affirmation cards around the mirror, using tape or other adhesive materials. Consider using clothespins for easy swapping of cards. You could also decorate the mirror with washi tape or small string lights to add a cozy vibe.
You can personalize your station by allowing space for students to contribute, such as posting their special notes, artwork, or words of encouragement. This will encourage a sense of community and support among classmates.
Here are some ideas to have students contribute to your station.
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Have students paint and then decorate the rocks with positive statements. Place them in a pretty bowl and encourage students to spend time reflecting on the positive thoughts.
Have a stack of colorful post it notes and markers and have students create positive statements and post them on a bulletin board designated as the affirmation board.
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Have students work on a craft like this flower that can be displayed in your classroom affirmation section.
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Have students decorate popsicles sticks and then write positive affirmations on them. Students can keep them on their desks, and you can encourage them to look at the sticks and recite the positive messages.
Here are a few suggestions:
Feel free to come up with your own or seek input from your students to create a range of meaningful messages.
How do you implement an affirmation station in the classroom?
Incorporating an affirmation station into your classroom management is an effective way to foster a positive classroom community. Here's some ideas to get you started:
Encourage your students to visit the designated spot daily as part of their morning or afternoon routine. This can help them to develop a habit of incorporating positive messages into their lives.
To ensure your students fully benefit from the affirmation station, consider the following strategies:
Acknowledge your students' accomplishments by displaying their positive affirmations on a bulletin board or wall. This will create a sense of positivity and encouragement within your classroom.
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Develop a set of class affirmations that you and your students recite together during circle time. This will further enhance the sense of community and help to build self-esteem among your students.
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Create daily declarations for the class. Place them on cards hung on a small rod so you can easily flip them every day.
Use the affirmation station as a tool for redirecting students who may be struggling with negative behaviors or emotions. Encourage them to visit the designated spot and choose a positive affirmation to focus on.
Use the positive statements from your station when speaking to students to help them sink in.
Here are a few more creative ideas to make your station work for you.
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Add books about positive self-image to your station so students can spend time building self-confidence.
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Yes, you need some positivity too. Copy this idea and create your own teacher affirmation spot in the classroom to give you that boost of positivity when you need it.
You'll need a few items for your affirmation spot. A mirror is a great idea so your students can look at themselves while repeating affirmations. Additionally, gather some paper or card to print out affirmations, adhesive materials for attaching the cards, and a designated space in your classroom for the station.
Creating printable affirmation cards is simple. You can design your own affirmation cards using Word, Google Docs, or Canva. Or, you can find pre-made printable affirmation cards online and customize them to fit the needs of your classroom. There is some at the bottom of this post.
Affirmations can positively impact students' self-esteem, motivation, and goal-setting. By repeating positive statements, students can change their thought patterns and develop a more optimistic mindset.
Place a full-length mirror at the center of your affirmation station. Encourage your students to look at themselves while saying or thinking their affirmations. This helps them connect with their own thoughts and image, reinforcing the impact of the positive statements.
High school students can benefit from affirmation stations in several ways. They can develop a stronger sense of self, improve self-confidence, and feel more empowered in their abilities. Affirmation stations can also foster a positive classroom environment, providing a supportive space for personal development and growth.
To display affirmations on a bulletin board, you can create an aesthetic layout using materials like colorful paper, card stock, borders, and pictures. Organize affirmation cards in a grid or try a more organic arrangement, and consider adding inspirational quotes or artwork to enhance the display. Make sure the affirmations are easily readable and accessible for all students to engage.
Ok now to the good part. I have created some cute printables that you can download for free. You might want to print them on durable material like cardstock and laminate them so they’ll last.
Hope you got some inspiration from these ideas and are ready to create your own affirmation station in your classroom. Feel free to save your favorite ideas to you Pinterest boards. To do that just click on the picture, then click on the P and then choose your board.
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