Series II - Step 6 - Classroom Practices for Building Confidence

Classroom Practices for Building Confidence

Adapted from the book, Creating Confident Children in the Classroom: The Use of Positive Restructuring.

Pierangelo/Giuliani: Research Press

Introduction

Confident children seem to share certain characteristics. In their relationships with both teachers and parents, they show in many ways that they are empowered, hopeful, autonomous, resilient, and secure. They are also accomplished, receive recognition for their accomplishments, and persevere even when things don’t go as they would like. Finally, for the most part they genuinely seem to enjoy life, both at school and at home. The ideas described here, if practiced in the classroom, will help students enjoy the environment they are in and believe in themselves as they never have before. The building of confidence in your students should be a process rather than a hit and miss approach. The following suggestions will enhance the factors in the human condition that lead to a sense of self worth and overall confidence.

Remember, confidence is based on actual successful experiences, not just telling a student that he or she is intelligent, creative etc. so providing these opportunities will be crucial. The main goals in building confidence are to provide tasks and an environment that results in sense of completion and a sense of accomplishment.

This issue of the Classroom Management Series II, provides information on how to recognize and help your students to build confidence in the classroom.

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