Do Your Students Have High Self-Esteem? – Teacher’s Corner

Teacher’s Corner
Two things your students must believe equally to have high self-esteem:
  1. They are worthwhile and cared about – because they are who they are, not just because of their student achievement.
  2. They can do things well, including follow school/classroom rules.
You can help your students believe.
Writing Prompts and Discussion Topics
The following are based on the blog, “And Calm Fell Over the Household
  1. What are some ways that teachers can let their students know that they like them? If students knew their teachers liked them, would it affect their performance in school? Why or Why Not? If yes, how would it affect their performance?
  2. Do you agree that students will feel better about themselves and more confident in school, if they know the school rules and have enough self-control to follow those rules? Why or why not?
  3. It can be hard for teachers to know what students can do really well outside the classroom, like sports, cooking, or music. A teacher has  asked your advice about how he can learn more about talents that students have. What would you say to him?
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
  • Use the blog for discussion topics
  • Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
2.  For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
  • Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
    • Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
    • Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
    • What would be your advice on this topic?
    • What was left out of this article?
    • If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
  • Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
  • Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
  • The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.


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