I'm Herbert Puchta, your Consultant for Young Learners, and this week I will be discussing self-esteem (confidence in yourself and a belief in your qualities and abilities) with particular reference to teenager learners. I shall also be looking at the impact of self-esteem on the teen classroom and ways in which we, as teachers, can help to develop a better sense of self-esteem in teenagers.
According to recent studies (e.g. Richard Reasoner) a lack of self-esteem and self-worth often leads to a defensive and negative attitude in teenagers - the outcomes of which we have probably all experienced at some time. In my video, I consider how this attitude can present itself, both inside and outside of the classroom, and ways in which we can help teenagers overcome this.
I also consider studies such as those conducted by Baumeister and Crocker and Carnvale on some approaches to helping teens overcome self-esteem issues and what the outcomes of these studies may suggest to us.
To see my discussion of these ideas, please watch my video.
At the end of my video, I ask two questions for your consideration which you might like to use as a starting point when thinking about this subject:
Which of the points in this video do you particularly agree or disagree with, and why?
What strategies have you personally used successfully to strengthen your students’ self-esteem?
I'll be here in the forum all this week, answering your questions and exploring the ideas in more detail.
So, what do you think?