Did you see this article online?
“Beautiful’ messages in girls school bathroom counter negative ‘self-talk“
Fifth and eighth grade girls at York Middle School worked together to paint yellow boxes resembling Post-it Notes® on the girls’ bathroom walls and filled them with positive comments to offset the negative self-talk that so often occurs when young adolescents see themselves in a mirror. Inspired by a Post-it Note campaign started in North Carolina, school counselor Wendy Porelle shared the ideas with fifth grade girls. The ideas resonated with them, and soon they teamed with eighth graders to bring the project to fruition at their school. Some of the comments include:
- I (heart) your smile!
- Make today ridiculously amazing
- Nothing’s impossible
I love the fact that fifth and eighth graders worked together on the project! This type of collaboration builds a sense of community across the school and builds a positive school culture. I am also impressed that the school recognizes the detrimental effect negative self-talk has on adolescent development and is taking action to promote social-emotional learning as well as academics. Visit the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning to learn more about the connections between achievement and social-emotional learning: http://casel.org/.
Well done York Middle School!