I do not think anyone hears enough that they are amazing, incredible, or even great. When I think about how often our students hear the negative or see the negative in the form of feedback of comments from teachers, students, and family I think that we need to change our behaviors to be more positive.
I recently read about Operation Beautiful on another blog I read. The person who writes this blog started Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restroom (great idea- right?!). She left messages like “You are incredible!” or “You are amazing!" in hopes to end negative self-talk. The way it works is you post anonymous notes in public places for other people to read and find, and then you take a picture to submit to Operational Beautiful for them to post on their blog. Amazing, right? Yet, why can we not do this for our students.?
I would love to post random positive messages to students in emails, in the bathroom, slide a note in one's locker, or even on the student's work. This would make a great challenge to one's self or even other teachers- who can do the most positive messages to students, along with who can do the most original positive message and delivery. The challenge would be in hopes that these behaviors would then become more automatic and passed along by others (the whole Pay it Forward effect).
Thus, I challenge you to begin your own Operation Beautiful and post them to either that site of tweet me at @beal_kara. I would love to see what you are doing!