For many students, self-belief and confidence are a natural personality trait. But for the ones who struggle, life can feel like swimming upstream. Teachers have a powerful influence on their students and thus can create the feeling of self-belief and confidence.
Some of the strategies that are practiced by effective teachers are:
Gradual transition in learning environment from being cozy and nurtured to SOLE
The warmth and friendliness of the school’s environment can easily help the child in getting settled. While this will initially serve the purpose, in order to sow the seed of self- belief in a child later, the idea of SOLE- Self Organized Learning Environment is introduced. Here, students are given the choice to present their understanding through music, roleplay, art or through a writing piece. When this starts early, the child starts believing that she/he has learned and can achieve!
Providing Equal Opportunities
The sense of being responsible and being recognized gives a morale boost to an individual. Especially during the primary years of learning, it instigates self-belief and nurtures independence. Collaborative group tasks designed during the classroom transaction give opportunities to children to take up tasks where each child has a specific role to play. A rotational Class Council where every child carries some responsibility also gives power to the child.
Differentiation is the key- catering to individual needs
“One size fits all” is already obsolete. Each learner is unique and so are their learning needs. Differentiation does not essentially mean shadowing but tailored tasks which can be worked upon independently. This can rigorously boost learners’ confidence.
Investing Trust and empowering growth through School Committee and Student Council
When children are empowered at an early age then they grow with the belief that they can make a change. Involving children in various committees like the food committee or transport committee can help them understand their role in the big picture. The Student Council gives the charge to the student body.
Promoting Research through Projects
Inquiry enables children to work at their pace. It gives the opportunity to research, collate data, analyze data. Many schools and class events are designed keeping this in mind. Once their work is validated, the students celebrate the achievement which in turn will trigger building up self-respect and enthusiasm.
Developing A Compassionate Global Citizen
Holistic development does not mean only taking part in curricular and extracurricular activities but also building a sense of compassion among students. When teachers make an attempt to teach compassion through innovative projects like the Compassion Project, then we can look at making the radical shift to assume the best in others, which is showcased through empathy, gratitude, and action.
Encouraging and Emphasizing Action
“Action is the foundational key to all success” – Pablo Picasso
Let it be small or big, action at all stages should constantly be encouraged. The action that stems out of learning is celebrated by teachers and an ‘Action Board’ displays the same. When parents become partners and share the action being taken by children at home, that is when learning becomes complete.