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.
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.
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