However, parents and teachers could make a difference by building self-esteem and self-confidence in students, promoting independence and supporting students who are underperforming.
Students having a learning problem may appear to be bright, but present written work that does not relate to expectations. The truth is, they would be trying their best but not succeeding because of a learning problem that makes it difficult to express their ideas through words. These students usually function at or below grade level, selecting the simplest words to write.
The most unfortunate aspect is that the specific student’s written work does not match the sophistication of their ideas. Though it is not their fault, people across all ages with specific learning issues could be disorganized, not remember instructions, etc.
Usually, this is a symptom of their feelings of insufficiency at school and a lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. Some students have difficulty learning from traditional teaching techniques. They have the potential to accomplish academic success but experience a level of failure in education that is not in line with their intelligence.
This impacts their confidence and affects their self-esteem. Self-esteem is related to the feeling of self-worth. It is about the concerned individual’s value and respect in society. Self-esteem could be build or decreased over a period as multiple factors come into play. At the same time, parents, teachers, and peers have an influence on students.
Self-confidence is about having a belief in one’s own capabilities. It helps students to take risks, communicate effectively in the classroom, creatively handle classroom assignments, etc. A self-confident student would be optimistic and motivated. On the other hand, a lack of confidence could impact the motivation required for problem-solving,
Several stakeholders, including parents, teachers must nurture self-esteem from a young age. By supporting students to “fail” once in a while, parents are teaching them to learn from their mistakes. Teachers could adopt a similar approach at school. If a student has confidence in his or her judgment, the concerned individual could expand their expertise in the future.
It would be prudent not to underestimate the power of “modeling”. Parents and teachers are role models. Hence, if they admit to a mistake, it would present them favorably as a role model. Self-esteem in parents and teachers could be contagious. Encouraging a student to select an appropriate book is an excellent opportunity for them to start taking ownership of their learning, which in turn helps to increase self-esteem.