“I am a leader! I am a champion! I am a world-changer! I am number one! I am so special! I am so loved! I know Mrs. Gardner loves me! And I love her, too!”
My students hold up their “number ones” and say this at the end of every. single. day. I believe this is one of the most important things I do as a teacher.
I got the idea from a pastor at our church who started having the middle and high schoolers say it after service. I knew as soon as I heard it that I had to implement it in my own classroom.
It’s more than just words. Words are never, EVER just words. Words build worlds. These words specifically build my students’ worlds. After just a few weeks, when I say “Number ones up!”, before I even say the first line for them to repeat, they’ve already started. If I accidentally miss a line, they are QUICK to let me know.
That’s exactly what I want.
I don’t just want them to say it; I want it stuck in their brains. Once it’s stuck there, it starts to get stuck in their heart. Once it’s in their heart, they’ll never forget it. Even more- they start to BELIEVE it. No one can convince them that they’re NOT a leader or a champion, a world-changer, or loved in the future.
I was in my principal’s office a few weeks ago and on my way out, I passed a wall in her office where she displays notes and art from students in our school. Right there, front and center of all of those notes, I read the words, “Mrs. Price, you are a leader, a champion, a world changer, so special, and so loved.” It brought tears to my eyes. One of my former students had this planted in their hearts and passed it along to encourage someone else!!
I have the words on my wall in my room so my students can not only say it but read it and see it as a reminder all day long. It’s in my TPT store as a freebie if you’d like it for your own room! Can you imagine what our world would be like if every student in America truly believed this about themselves?!