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Our students are young and are still discovering how they fit in to the world around them. Whether your students are in grade 1 or grade 9, you will need self esteem activities to help build their confidence. Our students live between two worlds, their home life and their social life. As teachers, we have a unique window into their social life and it is our responsibility to teach our students how to navigate themselves while feeling proud, strong and encouraged with who they are. Here are some wonderful self esteem activities and books for you to explore:
Get students to acknowledge their strengths:
Allow students an opportunity to reflect on their strengths, understand what those strengths mean and learn how to use them for further character development. What a wonderful way to get students realizing their potential!
Set personal goals:
When students set goals and actually achieve them, they feel a sense of empowerment and pride in themselves. Of course, it is our duty to guide them along to achieve their attainable goals. Have your students start off with small goals that they can achieve within a day or week, and then move on towards a grander scheme with time.
Equip students with positive techniques:
Actively teach your students how to counteract negative thoughts and sentiments. I love this idea of getting students to say positive and encouraging words to themselves and others. This works well as an independent activity, but it’s even better as an anchor chart that students can refer to.
Read encouraging stories:
*(These books are mainly meant for grades 1-4)
A great way to encourage students to think about self-esteem is to provide them with examples they can identify with. Enter amazing books:
What are some of your favorite self esteem activities?