Educators know the benefits of having self-confident students. Whether working with kindergartens or seniors in high school, studies and articles like this one from the National Education Association have shown time and time again that students with positive self-confidence are more eager to learn, retain information better, and they’re more likely to participate in class. Most educators also have a pretty good idea of how to encourage students and build their self-confidence in their own classrooms. Yet, framing can make a big difference in how students perceive or receive a teacher’s efforts. Here are seven questions you might consider asking students as a way to encourage positive self-esteem and self-identity in the classroom. By the way, you can also get a mini-lesson plan, Exploring My Identity, to take this topic further. Check it out here.
Questions that Build Students Confidence
- By Stacy Tornio
Stacy Tornio is a freelance writer in Wisconsin who has worked in the educational space for many years. She comes from a long line of teachers and believes educators are powering our future. Her favorite teacher was Mrs. Murray, a fourth-grade educator who introduced her to the joy of Nancy Drew.