Miss Alayanah Page, from Bennettsville Intermediate School, describes what #345 means to her.
Dr. McCord explains the purpose of #345 is to provide an effective way to show students they are loved, cared for and that there is always someone there for them. #345 represents phrases of positive affirmations: (3 words) I love you, (4 words) I care about you, and (5 words) I am here for you. Or if in a hurry you simply say #345. The impact of hearing one of these 3 phrases each day could help change the trajectory of one’s outlook on life. The commitment and the beliefs of positive affirmations for students can deter depression and anxiety as well as other symptoms of emotional distress.
Supportive, respectful, trusting relationships are at the heart of what it takes for students to thrive. When students experience engagement and feel a sense of belonging and connection with adults and peers at school, they can build social capital and more readily see adults as social models, accept feedback, and navigate and persevere through challenges. When students and staff feel safe, they are more willing to focus on learning from and with others and take academic risks.
A supportive and equitable environment in all classrooms serves as a platform for all academic, social and emotional learning. At the core of a supportive classroom is a caring, engaging teacher who establishes authentic trusting relationships with each student.
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