The Power of Words
Chandni Langford’s fifth-graders walked into class Monday at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School to find messages from her. “Learning is your superpower!” she wrote to one student. “There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs!” she told another.
“A lot of my kids were nervous that if they don’t pass this test with good scores they won’t go to the next grade. They feel a lot of anxiety about that,” Langford said. “I thought this would be a cute thing for them to walk in to.”
Photos of the desks on the district’s Facebook page have been shared more than 10,000 times and have been met with comments celebrating the teacher’s attempts to encourage her students.
Julissa Gomez said she was a bit nervous about the start of testing, but the message from her teacher helped.
“When I read the message, my fear went away,” Julissa said. “I knew I could actually do it.”
Another student said the message motivated her to do her best.
“I felt like I could do anything now,” Emily Corrigan said. “Everyone kept on smiling. I think it was really cool that she did everything for us.”
King Solomon wrote:
“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it”!
Words can hurt, but also heal, inspire and motivate. Jesus said,