If we want all kids to learn at high levels, then we must remember that a sense of belonging precedes a desire to learn.
Before kids can find relevance and eventually rigor, they must have the right relationships with their teachers as well as their peers. In order to do that, we must create schools and learning environments where they can leave behind their baggage of insecurities. The statistics of adolescent stress point to a sad reality that learning and growth will always inhibited by insecurity.
This SoulPancake video illustrates what I mean.
6 Tricks to Build Confidence in your Students before School Starts
In order to help your kids learn at high levels, we must know students as people first and learners second. Here are 6 things you can research to help your kids find their sense of belonging before school begins.
- Find out what strengths they have.
- Identify their areas for growth. (Weaknesses are areas for growth)
- Discover strategies that helped kids learn or behave last year.
- Avoid triggers that shut individual students down.
- Engage parents to determine the level of home support students will have.
- Verify which adults have significant relationships with individual students
If you took time to truly research your students in this way, there is a strong chance that you would have the information you need to start their year off with a sense of belonging but more importantly a sense of hope about their future. If we want kids to grow in their learning, they must know, see, hear and feel that they matter. We are the catalyst for that to occur. Let's make the extra effort to build confidence in every kid this year, and let's start this process before the kids return to school.