Here is another activity that I did in my Elementary Education club at my college! We were asked to pick a piece of paper. Then we had to draw a picture of ourselves and put 5 little circles or clouds around the picture we drew. We were then told to write 5 things we like about ourselves inside the 5 circles or bubbles.
I filled mine out, and then I looked around at the other people in the room. Some people looked like they felt really uncomfortable. But then there were others that seemed perfectly fine with the idea.
I never thought that this activity could get such different reactions from people.
Afterwards we debriefed.
We were described the significance of this activity. People who struggled with the activity are more likely to have lower self-esteem. People who found this activity easy, are more likely to have higher self-esteem. But of course there are exceptions to the rule.
It is so important as teachers to have high self-esteem or to portray high self-esteem. Your students will be looking up at you for a significant amount of time each day. If you are an upbeat and happy teacher, your students will feel much more comfortable, safe and happy in your room. If you have or if you portray lower self-esteem, that could also rub off on your students. When your students leave your classroom, they will often feel whatever “vibe” you were giving off during the class.
Students who have higher self-esteem often do better in school and have less trouble socializing. Self-esteem can often lead to increased success.
You could also do this activity with your students and express the importance of self-love. Expressing that you are a good person to talk to if they have trouble filling in any of those circles can help create a window of opportunity to talk to your students. I know that when I become a teacher, I want my students to feel happy and safe in my classroom. Every student matters and I want them to feel that too.
What do you think is the importance of self esteem in the classroom?