HandsOnScotland, a toolkit for people working with children and teenagers, explains that teachers with high confidence in their own teaching ability create confident pupils.
It says that to increase pupils’ self-confidence, teachers must improve pupils’:
- Belief in their ability to do things
- Sense of worth
- Sense of responsibility for their actions
More detailed information is provided for each of those three areas.
There is also a “growing confidence trees” activity to carry out with children, which will encourage them to reflect on their confidence levels. Questions to discuss during the activity include:
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- What areas are you most confident in?
- How did you get to be so confident in this area?
- How can the ways your confidence grew in another area help you grow more confident in the area you wrote on your tree?
- How can you help other people to grow more confident?