It’s a new school year, and in the hustle and bustle of organizing classrooms, learning students’ names, and completing all of the early term assignments, please take a break, breathe, and focus. Remember that you are a good teacher and the work you do is important. Feel free to use the affirmations below if you ever need a quick reminder. Print and hang them, copy them in your notebook or planner, or write them on a card and give them to all your friends and fellow teachers. Let’s get this amazing term started!
- I am an excellent teacher.
- I give my best every day, remembering that my best can fluctuate from day to day.
- Last year is in the past. This year is a new beginning.
- I’m starting this year with a clean slate.
- I let go of expectations of perfection.
- I feel confident asking for help when I need it.
- Remember it’s called a “game” for a reason.
- I have the opportunity to share with my students a subject that I love.
- I am allowed to learn, fail and try again with my students.
- I will reframe problems as learning opportunities.
- I am confident in my skills, education and knowledge.
- I’m not afraid to ask for help.
- If I don’t know something, I can look it up!
- I learn alongside my students.
- The work I do matters.
- The process is as important as the product.
- I will celebrate growth and wins, no matter how big or small.
- My schedule is Mine program and I won’t compare it to anyone else’s.
- My program is valuable and teaches students important skills.
- This is going to be a great year!
Don’t forget the theater people and the Academy of Theater Teachers I’m here to support you with plays, resources, lesson plans and more. Please get in touch — we’re happy to help.
Click here for a free printable Back to School Affirmations page.
Click here for free printable affirmation cards and posters.
Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage fighter from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at www.kerryhishon.com.
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