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.