Confidence in school is one of the most important areas, outside of academics, where educators and parents can help improve student performance.
A confident student is a successful learner. Children feel good when they accomplish a goal. Success in meeting one challenge leads to an increase in self-esteem, which makes a child more comfortable challenging themselves in other areas. Let us work together to have our students be confident in their learning and have a healthy self-esteem. It will help them cope with mistakes and try again even if they fail at first.
In the book, Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, we find these words: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” We need to share these words with our students so they will believe in themselves as we believe in them.
Nancy J. Ruane
Director of ELA/English