I always include creative activities to build self-esteem in my curriculum. We all know that, students with low self-esteem often can feel powerless, lonely, resentful, defensive and easily frustrated. These feelings can lead to aggression, teasing and bullying behaviour. Students with high self-esteem are proud of themselves, assume responsibility for their own actions and deal with frustration well.
I deal with such self-esteem building activities, mainly during the first two weeks of each new school year! But, I do make sure that, I always include cooperative, nurturing games in my class, throughout the curriculum.
Initially, I introduce large group activities with all the children. Later during the school year, I create several other self-esteem activities such as “My Family Book”, a book about themselves and their family (they can draw, use photographs, etc.) “My Tree/My Hand Activities”, in which each child does one leaf about themselves and then, the leaves are all put on the tree. while for “My Hand” each child traces her hand and writes something about herself on each finger. Sometimes, I use books to develop self-esteem ( a favourite one is “The Incredible You! 10 Ways to be Happy, Inside and Out” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer) . We also do several writing activities at the beginning of each school year, such as ” I am special because..” -which I am going to write more about during the following few weeks…..
First day in class after the summer break today, with my 3rd and 4th graders, after such a long time! I decided to spend half the lesson using the icebreakers below, in order to foster children’s self-esteem. Today’s activities , were used to to reinforce strengths and to help build individual self-esteem before the learning took place.
Task 1- the circle 1-sitting
My name is…and this is…(3rd graders)
My name is …and I’m sitting next to…( 4th graders)
Task 2-the circle 2
My name is….and I can…(4th graders)
Follow up: write down words having to do with the things that you can do well on a Star name tag template to be put on your desk in order to help the teacher learn the name YOU would like her to call you.
Task 3- the circle 3 and ball-standing
The teacher throws the ball to a diffrent student each time who is asked to shout his/her name as loud and possible with confidence! (3rd -4th graders)
Task 4-the circle 4-standing up
My name is …and I like….(3rd graders)
My name is…and I am good at…(4th graders)
Follow up: write as many things as you can that you are good at.
To be continued……