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Positive Self-talk


When students reframe negative thoughts and tell themselves kind self-statements, they practice positive self-talk. Positive self-talk or self-reinforcements can help students shift their focus to what they can do and approach even stressful situations with more coping strategies. Research has shown that positive self-talk can improve self-confidence and Motivation while also reducing anxiety. Encouraging students to evaluate their writing and self-reinforce when they meet or surpass their expectations fosters positive Emotion towards writing.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 0:22, watch how this elementary student and teacher talk through positive self-talk as a strategy to tackle a difficult task. By role-playing the situation, the student recognizes the difference between positive and negative self-talk and is able to use words of encouragement to overcome the challenge.

  • Teachers can work with students to monitor their inner dialogue, recognize negative self-talk, and practice reframing those messages into positive, productive thoughts. Using positive, motivational self-talk after a setback or failure, like telling oneself "I can do it" or "I can get through this," can be powerful in changing one's mood, overcoming these experiences, and building resilience. Over time through frequent, repeated practice, students can develop a positive self-talk habit.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can encourage positive self-talk through modeling positive messages of feedback. They can also help students build the habit of practicing positive self-talk through repeated opportunities.
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