Classes at Kindezi at Gideons Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia started back up last week, and one teacher wanted her students to start their school year on a positive and encouraging note.
In a video, which has quickly gained national attention, Neffiteria Acker, a fourth-grade teacher, is shown holding a mirror while her students say positive affirmations to themselves.
“I practice positive affirmations with myself in the morning. I practice them with my daughter who’s five years old, and, I’ve seen just a tremendous amount of confidence and self-value increase with her,” Acker told FOX Television Stations. “So, I decided to do it with our students.”
Acker said she searched extensively for a full-body mirror that was about the height of a fourth-grader.
“I wanted to make sure that they were looking at just them,” Acker continued. “They came up with these amazing affirmations that just sent chills in our bodies.”
In the video, students are seen lining up saying affirmations including, “I am smart,” “I am a good person” and “I am strong and independent.”
The footage was recorded by Cierra Broadway, another teacher at the school, who also previously did similar affirmation exercises with her students prior to the pandemic.
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SOURCE: FOX29 Philadelphia, Stephanie Weaver