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 Self-Competence: Creating Positive Mindsets

Developing self-competence: Creating positive mindsets

Key Ideas in This Chapter

In Chapter 5, we discussed a variety of strategies which teachers can use to help children to develop a sense of competence. These strategies and techniques were based on theoretical ideas outlined in the first few chapters of the book. In this chapter we continue to look at developing a sense of competence in the learner, with a particular focus on children's views about themselves and learning. We consider children's perceptions of ability, performance and motivation. We also look at how teacher expectations and the effective use of praise can impact on the development of a sense of competence.

In this chapter, we discuss the following aspects of practice:

  • strategy 1: challenging children's views ...
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