Children often feel inferior to their classmate and sometimes helpless when it comes to learning a subject that has not been easy in the past for them. They become easily frustrated and may give up on the given task. Children can learn they have the ability to tackle the skill and leave behind the “I can’t” label. It is important for us as adults to help break down that label and assist in finding their self-assurance again. Here are a few things we can do as adults working with children to facilitate and promote confidence in children:
- Set the child up to succeed. Take a step or two back. They can’t subtract double digits, but they can subtract single digits. Start with the single digits where they can be successful. Build a more stable foundation and add to it a little bit at a time.
- Help them lose the label. “I can’t subtract.” When she realized some new techniques that better suited her learning style, she lost that label. And she realized she CAN subtract numbers!
- Give them responsibility. Every child feels success and confidence when they complete a task. After a child has completed their assignment, give them an opportunity to check it. Self checking is a great tool for children! They can correct their own mistakes without someone else doing it for them.
- Encourage them to express their feelings. Let them know it is okay to get frustrated or celebrate a victory. Allow them to take ownership of their feelings.
- Be positive! Cheer on their small steps.