Do some of your pupils suffer from low or fragile self-esteem? Perhaps you want to help, but don’t know how? If so, this book is for you. Using insights from theory, research and classroom practice, it provides strategies and techniques that will enhance the confidence of primary school children through authentic learning experiences.

This book includes:Discussions on a range of issues surrounding self-esteem enhancement in school'Studies of recent work in this area;Links between self-esteem and the development of competence (fitting in with the Raising Attainment agenda);Research evidence from real primary classrooms;A clear articulation of strategies and techniques to use in classrooms; andA summary and analysis of the key theoretical and empirical work in the area.

The book’s clear practical focus will be of interest to all teachers and managers keen to enhance self-esteem in their schools. It will prove equally useful for teachers in training and more experienced teachers undertaking further study. This book will empower you to develop your practice with a clear sense of direction – and with increased confidence.

Developing Competence: Some Classroom Techniques

Developing competence: Some classroom techniques

Key Ideas in This Chapter

Until this point, we have focused on what we can learn from self-esteem theory and research to help our understanding. We have looked at the complexity of the topic, the variety of different perspectives on the self and the insights offered by different theories in the area. We have argued that what is needed is a unifying model of self-esteem, capable of providing a clear sense of direction for teachers. We have suggested that the two-dimensional model goes some way to providing that. We move on now to consider ways to translate this new understanding into classroom practice.

In this chapter, and in those that follow, our focus shifts from the general to ...

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