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NYC Helpline: How To: Manage Your Classroom
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Classroom Management (Secondary)

A high school science teacher demonstrates how her structured and routine-based classroom environment is the key to success.

Classroom Management (Elementary)

An elementary school teacher guides us through her daily classroom routines and shows how consistency and structure are essential.

Classroom Management through Cooperative Groups

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Affirmations to Success!
Charlene Davis

I have found the use of affirmations to be a very effective tool in boosting students’ confidence. I find that they can work like a light switch, awakening thoughts of possibilities and success, in young minds. As a result, I rely on the recitation of affirmations on exam days. I believe that, if used consistently throughout the school year, behavior problems would decrease. I have found that children crave the positive validation that affirmations grant them. Even if doubted by a child (or, perhaps even her teacher), a consistent regimen of affirmations can change a youngster’s outlook about him or herself. Here are twenty I would like to share with you.

  • I am ready to begin my day!

  • My mind is sharp!

  • I am prepared for whatever comes my way today.

  • I vow to work smart, and to do my best, all day.

  • I will be patient with myself.

  • I am enthusiastic about the new things I am learning/will learn.

  • I am focused on the things I have to do today.

  • I cooperate nicely with my teacher, and with my classmates.

  • I eat power foods that are good for my brain.

  • I get a good night’s sleep every night to rest my body.

  • I celebrate yesterday’s accomplishments, and I am not discouraged by yesterday’s challenges/difficulties.

  • I know what I need to know for this exam.

  • I will turn my nervous feelings into positive energy!

  • I encourage my classmates to be their best.

  • I have good ideas to plan my work from.

  • I am a positive thinker, and I am confident about my gifts.

  • I have gifts and talents that make me special.

  • I am a good problem-solver.

  • I ask for help when I need it.

  • I am a good listener!

Feel free to use this list in a way that works for you, and your students. I’d also love for you to share some of your affirmations with me. Happy affirming!


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