ANYWAYS (that was a long tangent...), one small piece of Quantum is the affirmation posters that were all over the room. Quantum research says that even when kids are just looking around the room, their brains are constantly taking in and processing information on the subconscious level. They suggest putting posters with positive, first-person affirmations on your walls. From the Quantum website: "These supportive and inspiring posters can set the tone for a classroom and help create an environment of trust and safety – the kind of place where students learn best. In a students’ study areas they’re a good reminder of the things they need to remember about themselves." So, even though I am not an artist and loathe my handwriting, I decided to tackle making some affirmation posters of my own yesterday.
Teacher Mom is very artsy (she used to do professional calligraphy and everything!), so you better believe I brought construction paper and markers over to the parents' house last night and enlisted her help...
Thanks, Teacher Mom!
(Guess which signs Teacher Mom made?...)
It's such a tiny little thing and these posters won't in themselves make a difference, but I love this concept. I know that for me, if I were struggling on a test or an assignment, seeing a poster that says, "Everything I do deserves my best effort," just might help a little bit. No, they won't change the world. But will those random cutesy posters we buy at the teacher store change the world? This year, my walls will still have anchor charts and math definition reminders on them, but you better believe that every free space is going to have an affirmation poster. :-)
Channel your inner 10-year-old...What affirmation would motivate and encourage YOU??