Do you recall the look upon a student’s face, when it lights up and a smile spreads from ear to ear because they finally believe in themselves! It’s an unforgettable moment, especially when you have worked tirelessly to help them to do it!
For some students this process happens sooner rather than later! I’m sure you can name all of the students that you have struggled to motivate or get them to believe in themselves! I bet you’ve tried every teaching trick in the book to help them, I know I have! So how do we help students to cultivate belief? It’s not as complicated as we may believe, but there is a certain recipe to it and it’s one that takes time and consistent nurturing.
Cultivating Student Belief
Cultivating student belief requires a variety of skills but step one is the building block from which all else will flourish and that is teacher-student relationship.
Without cultivating relationships it is difficult to chisel away at the harden exteriors students put up because they are scared, in some cases, of failing. Often it can be easier for a student to lower the achievement bar as opposed to believe in themselves and try.
In a recent interview with Gretchen Bridges the host of the Empowering Educators podcast I discuss WHY we do what we do in education. Together we dive into how to build relationships with pupils and create learning resources that give learners belief and autonomy.
If you would like to share your experiences or contribute to the discussion on culitvating student belief, I would welcome your comments below for readers to share what works in education.
Thank you to Gretchen Bridges of the Empowering Educators podcast!
Until next time ~ Keep inspiring!