Self-esteem is a fragile, fickle thing, especially in children. As teachers, we want nothing more than to see our students develop their personalities in a safe environment where their egos can stay intact. Unfortunately, kids can be cruel, and self-esteem and egos can be easily damaged leading to much larger problems down the road.
While there is not a lot you can do to affect how students’ interactions affect their egos, there is a whole lot that you can do to set students up with a positive self-image and ego to cope with what their peers will throw at them. After all, a student that has self-confidence is better prepared to stand up for themselves, and for others, when the going gets tough.
Place Value on Being an Individual
Set Goals for Building Skills
Focus on the Moment
Comparison is the Thief of Joy
Start a Portfolio of Accomplishments
Wrapping it Up
Our students have so much working against them in life, that sometimes they need a little extra help. I like to be their personal cheerleader, however cheesy that may sound. So, lets band together to create a generation of students that celebrates their individuality as well as their hard work!
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