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Feeling Good About Themselves

Found in: Classroom Management

Helping others feel good about themselves is a gift we can give to anyone. And it makes us feel good in return.

As educators, we have daily opportunities to help students feel good about themselves. Through such actions as boosting their self-esteem through praise, helping them work through any feelings of alienation, depression, and anger, and helping them realize and honor their intrinsic worth as human beings.

Here's how three educators honor and show respect for their students:

  • 'Heart to Heart' Support Group to learn about a sixth grade teacher who gives students time to talk and a chance to validate and deal with their sometimes-confusing feelings.
  • Promoting Equity and Unity to see how a Spanish teacher uses a Dignity bulletin board to express her feelings about the worth of every student in her school.
  • Manners Are Elementary to see how this teacher uses terms of respect he learned when he was a young boy.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

—Maya Angelou

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