Sometimes all it takes is a smile. I have found that kind words can make all the difference in the world for students who lack self-confidence. I believe in praising student's small achievements especially from those who don't have many. Giving positive feedback, being careful on word selection, and having conversations on how to improve is beneficial while complementing them on their accomplishments is something else I practice in my classroom.
I will also purposely call on students to answer questions that i know they already know the answer to and give opportunities for students who normally wouldn't speak up in class to talk about something they are interested in or know a lot about(i.e. sharks, dinosaurs, bey blades).
Open communication with parents, speech teacher, resource teacher and/or intervention teacher is very important for student success and for that student to know their is a team working together for them. In some cases I have even created modified work and assessments for students to see an immediate response that they are "smart" or they "can do it" to gain confidence. Lastly assigning buddies and/or doing partner and group work with academically strong students often gives students that lack confidence a friend to discuss ideas with and be a part of team that is presenting the "right" answer.
School wide we have a motivational speaker who comes and talks to our students about how great they are and teaches them chants on various topics like test taking skills and bullying. His name is Kevin Bracey if any one is interested.
Technology is a huge help when it comes to student confidence. Any educational video games that are engaging make learning fun for kids. My favorites are iRead, a reading program where students can earn badges, awards upgrade their avatar. ABCya that has math and language arts activities where students earn points. Imagine Learning is language program that takes students through new and exciting levels while building vocabulary.
5/1/2019 09:23:29 pm
I also think that a smile goes along way, also its easier to smile then to frown. Students just need a positive feedback to help to get they on right track. Self-confidences is a huge problem I face with my student every day. I give the students small positive feedback to help build their self-confidences. Once students have built some confidences it helps them perform task better in my class. So when I know I have a student that lacks Self-confidences I start they class of by letting them know they are great and they helps me out a lot .
5/2/2019 04:47:43 pm
Even though I have an older age group of students, I see huge confidence gains whenever I praise a student, even for small things like you mentioned. The response when saying something as simple as, "I really appreciate how you have all your materials out and are ready today" causes cause a ripple effect throughout the classroom and causes other students to mimic the student who was complimented. Such a small thing that really make a big difference. I am going to use your idea of calling on students who already know the answer as well, what a great (and so simple) idea! As teachers we never really know how comments or words that we use with students affect their outlook on school, or how they feel about themselves but being a teacher who is complimenting and positive might be the only adult in their life who gives them that kind of feedback.
5/2/2019 07:11:38 pm
The one area I have also noticed a huge difference in with students who lack self-confidence is positive feedback, even on the smallest of achievements. I believe it helps provide students a support system, and helps them see that even small milestones make all the difference in the long run.
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