Practices that promote positive motivation teach “children how to remain positive and (about) the importance of maintaining a positive attitude” (CAMH, 2017 p. 11). These practices include expressing gratitude, practicing optimism, practicing perseverance and reframing. With regular use, these practices help students to approach challenges in life with an optimistic and positive mindset, understanding that repeated effort can lead to success and that there is struggle in most successes and in everyone’s life.

The Power of Yet

Division: All
Purpose: When challenged, rather than giving up or using negative self-talk, students can learn the power of “yet”.

Inspirational Learning

Division: Junior & Intermediate
Purpose: To provide visual reminders of key Growth Mindset concepts to support student learning and motivation in the classroom.

Illusions

Division: All
Purpose: Looking at things from another’s perspective is an important social skill.

Four Finger Affirmation

Division: All
Purpose: An affirmation is a statement to promote confidence and a growth mindset, self-regulation and resiliency.

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