9 Things Every Teacher Needs To Say More Often


I believe.

I believe in what you are doing.
I believe that you are trying.
I believe in your perseverance, strength, and dedication.
I believe you will complete this assignment, and do so to the best of your ability.

I believe that you will learn.
I believe you will be successful.
I believe that you will do great things.

I believe in you.

You can.

You can understand a difficult problem, a new way of solving equations, or this formula for writing an essay.

You can be honest and truthful.
You can make the right choice.
You can change the way people treat one another.
You can be a leader in the classroom.
You can make a difference.

You can do whatever you put your mind and heart to.

I like ___.

I like the way you dedicate your time to your schoolwork.
I like how you put others before yourself.
I like that you treat your classmates with respect.
I like that you raise your hand before speaking.
I like that you always try your best.
I like the way your smile brightens the classroom.
I like your ideas, even if the answer wasn’t correct.
I like that you listen to instructions.
I like that you never give up.

I like having you in my class.


Yes, you did that correctly.
Yes, you are on the right track.
Yes, you may. Thank you for asking.
Yes! You did it!

Yes, you can.

I’m so proud of ___.

I’m so proud of your effort.
I’m so proud of you for not giving up.
I’m so proud of how far you’ve come.
I’m so proud of your accomplishments.
I’m so proud of what you’ve done for the classroom.
I’m so proud of your hard work.

I’m so proud of you.

Then what?

Your ideas are correct, but then what?
I’ll play devil’s advocate…if this occurred, then what?
If this happened, then what?

Then what comes next?

I’m listening to you.

I might be busy right now, but I’m listening to you.
I’m in the middle of something, but I’m listening to you.
I have a few things going on, but I’m listening to you.
When you speak to me, I’m listening to you.
I know that something is on your mind, so know that I’m listening to you.

Please know that I’m listening to you.

I’m here.

I’m here when you are struggling with that word problem.
I’m here when you are feeling completely lost.
I’m here if you need to ask questions.
I’m here for you in and out of school.
I’m here for problems beyond the classroom.
I’m here when you need me.

I’m here for you.

You are not alone.

Even when it feels like the world’s against you, you are not alone.
On your hardest days, you are not alone.
When you feel completely broken, you are not alone.
If you are struggling with something, trust that you are not alone.
Please know that you are not alone.

I am here for you; you are not alone.