Children often feel inferior to their classmates and sometimes helpless when it comes to learning a subject that has not been easy in the past for them. As a result, they become easily frustrated and may give up on the assignment. Children can learn they can tackle the skill and leave behind the I can’t label. We as adults need to help break down that label and help them find their CONFIDENCE again.
- Set them 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 they realize a new technique that better suits their learning style, and they CAN subtract! Celebrate by having them write a milestone card and post it on their bulletin board. I CAN SUBTRACT!
- Give them responsibility. Every child feels success and confidence when they complete a task. After a child has completed their assignment, allow them an opportunity to check it. Self checking is an excellent 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 emotions.
- Be positive! Cheer on their small steps.