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05/10/2016 04:04 pm ET

Teacher Writes Uplifting Notes On Students' Desks To Boost Confidence Before Exam

She says she believes they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

This teacher's words definitely made a mark on her students. 

Fifth grade teacher Chandni Langford, who works at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in New Jersey, recently wrote personalized uplifting messages across her students' desks.

The words, she calls #growthmindset messages, were meant to give her students a boost of confidence before their standardized tests. 

"When the kids come [to school] they need to know that even though they're away from their families at home, there are people here that love and care for them and hope the best for them. And truly, truly believe in them," Langford told The Huffington Post. 

Langford, who teaches 19 students, wrote notes on the kids' desks in dry erase marker, using special quotes and key words she knew would resonate with each individual student. 

"Learning is your superpower!" a message to one student reads. "Remember, never stop trying and never stop growing your brain!"

Another motivational note reads, "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, but it is going to be worth it! Do your best!"

The fifth grade teacher explained that the messages, which were shared on Facebook and have since gone viral, were inspired by the growth mindset idea. The concept, coined by Carol Dweck, is the belief that abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication, rather than just "brains and talent." The sweet notes seemed to have paid off. Langford said that the students were happy to see their desks decorated. 

"They were excited. I think it eased their nerves a bit," she said. "Some of them wanted to keep them on their desks forever."

Langford's act not only charmed her students, but also other educators. Since the notes gained traction on social media, the teacher's been receiving emails and the Facebook comments, praising her creative support. 

"It's really nice and encouraging and it's nice to be appreciated," she said. "If I inspire even one teacher to do the same for his or her students -- that'll be so worth it."  

Ultimately she wants her students to know, she's got their backs. 

"I do believe they can do anything they want to do." 

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