Suggestions for Improving Self-Esteem

1. Be consistent in making a conscious effort each day to
help the child develop more positive feelings.

2. Show a genuine interest and concern for the child.

3. Develop rapport with the child so that the child begins
to feel that the teacher is a significant person.

4. The teacher should maintain ongoing awareness of the
child's low self-esteem, as well as the positive
qualities of the child.

5. Observable changes in self-esteem take place slowly and
subtly and thus require a long term commitment.

6. The teacher and the child may work jointly to identify
role models and stress the admired characteristics that
might be emulated by the pupil.

7. Let the student know the standards by which home and
school performance will be evaluated.

8. Stress attempts rather than final outcome to encourage
experiences without fear of failure.

9. If time permits, the teacher may wish to talk with this
child individually (one to two minutes per day) to stress
non-academic positive qualities.

10. Provide the student with in-school responsibilities and
position of recognition, not contingent on behaviors
(e.g. weather person of the day).

11. Provide opportunities for the child to participate in
peer tutoring as a method to enhance self-esteem.