By good self-esteem we mean the experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges (competence) and feeling worthy of happiness
Tips to build a stronger sense of competence:
- Make an accurate self-appraisal (be realistic – not too harsh or too easy. Ask for feedback from a trusted friend or counselor for your self-assessment).
- Work on overcoming adversities and bouncing back from failures.
- Break difficult tasks into small steps. Your competence will grow as you master each step toward the larger goal.
- Assume responsibility for your actions by looking realistically at what you can do to be more successful in the situation you’re facing. When we blame others or outside events for life’s difficulties we lock ourselves into being victims.
- Maintain your integrity by living in accordance with your own values. This will help engender your sense of self-worth.
..adapted from http://fsamarin.org/wordpress/?p=8
- How do you address self-esteem in your class?
- What are some techniques for promoting self-esteem in students at your grade level?
- Are there barriers to developing positive self-esteem for your students? How do you overcome these?
- Are there people and resources outside the classroom who are helpful to encouraging positive self-esteem for your students?