Published On: Thu, May 21st, 2015

What This Year 3 Teacher Is Doing To Create Classroom Harmony

At the beginning of the school year my son came home with these little notes tieIMG_2558d together in his school bag. On reading them I found they were lovely comments about him from his classmates. What a nice classroom exercise I thought, but… they kept coming and coming and coming… and they are still coming! When I asked Miss Piccolo, a first year out teacher to tell me a little more about these precious classroom notes she calls Affirmations, she replied…

All About Affirmations
Playing with each other is one thing however, taking the time to reflect on someone’s strengths is the key to deep understanding. In class S2P, students take the time to write a positive affirmation to a studIMG_2561ent in their class. Each afternoon, students choose a person who is beyond their immediate friendship group. With this person in mind, they write a positive message to them highlighting a strength they appreciate in them or an act of kindness they have demonstrated. When finished, they place the message in the felt pocket of the student they chose. On Fridays, students collect their affirmations from their pocket, and they are tied together to take home. To read them, students find a quiet place in the classroom to go and read what others have acknowledged about them and are then encouraged to thank the people who wrote them a message.

I strongly believe affirmations are an important activity to include within the busy classroom. Firstly, it builds a sense of cohesion in the classroom where students feel welcome, appreciated and noticed as being important. It allows students to think of others beyond the surface level and to really highlight qualities they value. This deepens the understanding students have of each other and to recognise their importance. It challenges students to believe they have amazing things to offer to others which are highly valued in our classroom.

A little message can go a long way.

Miss Piccolo (Upper North Shore NSW)

If this is the kind of teacher that has our children in their hands, I think we can all relax a little more. She understands that to truly teach children respect for each other as unique individuals, that it is a continual process rather than an isolated lesson plan. Kudos to you Miss Piccolo!

Danielle Mantakoul
Copyright 2015

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  3. SMcIntosh says:

    Great, big, fat smiley face!

  4. Danielle Mantakoul says:

    Never mind the kids Mrs McIntosh, I would love to be in your class!

  5. SMcIntosh says:

    ah hem……;)chopped liver here

    This is what I love about you Danielle! Acknowledgement of the true fabulousity that is out there in education and particularly in and around APS>
    I mentor Lauren and I know she is truly fabulous!!

  6. Simone B says:

    I am going to give this a go with my class!

  7. Danielle says:

    Hey Kerry!
    I think many of us today just hope that we get the teacher who is not scary and doesn’t yell! There are though certainly some fantastic new teachers coming through the system. We have loads of them at our school. Hello Mrs Coulton!

  8. What a fantastic idea.
    Will is so lucky to have such an awesome teacher. xx

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