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June 20, 2019

Bringing Positive Self Talk into your Art Room

By Sarah Krajewski

Have you ever recited a mantra? Maybe it was just a sentence you said to yourself in your head during a hard time. Or maybe it is something you say out loud to yourself at the end of each day. I find positive motivations very helpful for me and I know my students benefit from them as well! If you want to give a classroom mantra a try, preparing one during Summer is a great time to do it! You can start the new school year with a fresh new outlook on positive self talk in your classroom.

Our Art Room Mantra goes like this:

“My mantra. I am positive. I am creative. I am mindful. I am amazing. I am an artist.”

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There are many reasons to start using a mantra in your art room. As we know, everything gets better with practice, and that includes a student’s positivity and words of self-affirmation. When creating your mantra, keep it simple. You can create a mantra with any grade level! It is especially important for you, as the teacher, to prepare yourself for each day. We chose five adjectives that work for us.

Try brainstorming a list of adjectives like these:

Strong
Awesome
Smart
Inventive
Respectful
Calm
Important
Thoughtful
Confident
Talented
Kind
Brave

Once you have your words selected, think of some motions or sign language actions to go along with each phrase.You’ll be in awe of how quickly your students learn your art mantra. Their great sense of pride and ownership over the words will change the atmosphere of your entire classroom.

Picture2Photo by Sharon Vanorny at https://www.svheartphotography.com/

If you’re interested in taking a deeper look at mantras, check out this article I wrote for The Art of Education University. https://theartofeducation.edu/2019/04/29/the-benefits-of-using-an-art-room-mantra/

Thanks for reading and keep being your best you!

Follow along with my daily art adventures @artroomglitterfairy on Instagram or check out more at https://www.artroomglitterfairy.com/.

-SK

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