Empower Students With These Self Esteem Activities

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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!

 

Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A self reflection brainstorm. (Taken from What The Teacher Wants)
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
Have students contribute to their classmates’ self esteem by sharing all the wonderful qualities they’ve noticed. (Taken from TSJ Photography)
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
Incorporate writing by getting students to write paragraphs about their best quality! (Taken from Head Over Heels For Teaching)

 

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.

 

Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A class/home goal wheel. Each student starts their day off with an attainable focus. (Taken from Ashley Hackshaw)
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A self reflection that gets students using their positive traits to set further goals. (Taken from About Education)

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.

 

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(Taken from Nerdy Nerdy Nerdy)

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:

 

Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A story about how an exclamation mark learns to leave a statement about itself!
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A story about a boy who learns to come out of the shadows and let himself shine.
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A rhyme about a girl who appreciates herself.
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
It’s all about perspective in this wonderful story.
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
A celebration of each child’s unique sense of creativity.
Empower your students with these amazing self esteem activities. Get wonderful ideas and resources.
Embrace your true nature, friends.

What are some of your favorite self esteem activities?

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