When teachers reinforce self-esteem and resilience in their students, they instill in them critical skills that are required to succeed socially and academically.
Every student is unique
Every student is unique – but at times, even teachers who embrace that notion may treat their students as if they are a part of a homogenous group. Students in a learning environment where talent is not recognized would have low self-esteem. Students whose needs aren’t catered to may feel they are not wanted. Teachers must create practical expectations, objectives that respond to the distinct strengths and requirements of every student, and support them to succeed.
Acknowledging the independence of each student, accommodating their needs, and addressing the issue of fairness would enable a learning environment that fosters self-esteem and resilience. Teachers would be able to meet every student's needs without displeasing other students. The school system must create awareness among students about distinct differences, thereby nurturing tolerance and acceptance in a classroom.
Support students in developing a sense of accountability
Students must be motivated to contribute to the development of the school community, which would build their self-esteem and resilience. Teachers must observe their students for specialized skills and translate those skills into achievements.
Teachers must not solve problems by telling them what to do. Instead, students must be supported to solve problems on their own. When students are in control of a situation, it boosts their self-esteem and resilience. Strengthen students feeling of ownership by providing them with decision-making options – from selecting home assignments to collaborative problem-solving.
Students having difficulties developing self-discipline also have problems developing self-esteem and resilience. These students are impulsive and often oppose rules and procedures. At the beginning of the year, school management should set the rules that would govern the academic year. If students break the rules, they should be educated on their behavior and their impact on others.
Strong self-advocacy capabilities result in improved self-confidence. Students with learning difficulties may find it challenging to develop these skills. The school management must develop plans to boost the students' ability to communicate with teachers and advocate their requirements.
Positive feedback Teachers must encourage their students to express themselves naturally. Recognizing their performance through positive feedback would only strengthen their self-esteem. Emotional support is an efficient way to nurture students' self-esteem and resilience. The focus should always be on students' positive attitudes instead of their negative attributes. Even a small gesture like a pat on the back would increase their sense of self-worth.
Coping with failures
Students must learn to cope with failures. Making mistakes is part of the learning process, and it should not impact students' performance.