PEEL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE

Information Bulletin Number 5

 

PROMOTING SELF ESTEEM IN THE CLASSROOM

 

Some practical strategies

 

Accept your students for who they are. They are all unique. Establish a relationship. Smile and use their name.

Encourage your students' efforts and improvements and have positive expectations of them.

Focus on your students' strengths and assets.

Target work at an appropriate level for individual students to maximize opportunities for success.

Ignore negative behaviours where possible whilst giving attention to positive behaviours.

Ensure students know that when they are being corrected for inappropriate behaviour, it is their behaviour you do not like and not the student themselves.

Ask your students for opinions and suggestions.

Let your students contribute positively to the running of the classroom. Give them tasks for which they can assume responsibility and experience

success. Perhaps conduct a class meeting at which children select their tasks and time.

Encourage your students to take responsibility for themselves.

Accept mistakes. Acknowledge your own mistakes and create an atmosphere in which it is okay to make mistakes.

Comment positively on each student at least once every day.

 

Further information is available from the Peel School Psychology Service.