Building Confidence in Students Building confidence in students is

Building confidence in students is valuable for the development of self-esteem and a productive classroom. A class that has confidence will go outside of the learning box to explore their imaginative and creative sides rather than a class that is built on fear and discipline. This in turn will engender a positive environment in which learning knows no bounds. This essay pertains primarily to the teaching of young children, however the points that are outlined can be applied to students of all ages.

Two of the most essential actions necessary for language acquisition are experimentation with the language and asking questions. For these two actions to be present in a classroom, the students must feel confident in themselves so that exposing themselves through such actions will not bring negative consequences. With that in mind, any teacher of languages should strive to attain a positive learning environment in his or her classroom.

Students of all ages need to have confidence in themselves. A student that has confidence will be excited and willing to learn and will usually retain more information. Students acquire self- confidence and self-esteem as a result of successful experiences. Teachers should therefore provide experiences in which all students can be successful. Even a small success can rekindle a small spark of confidence that, in turn, encourages students to challenge themselves and learn. Each new success then creates yet more success, and thus students´ academic self-concepts can begin to change. This in itself can be taught as a valuable lesson in overcoming initial failure and learning to persist and try alternative solutions that result eventually in success. In this scenario failure itself becomes a positive step towards learning that enhances self-esteem and builds confidence.

There is a well-established link between achievement and self- confidence. It is important to build confidence and self esteem because confident students are more likely to engage themselves in the class. They pay more attention and ask more questions. The class is more likely to explore subject areas and be inquisitive rather than merely seeking to achieve satisfactory or expected results. The result is an educational atmosphere where students look at the classroom as a learning environment where subjects can be explored rather than a class in which the teacher is the sole authority that the students must obey. A positive attitude to learning that stems from high self-confidence gives the class reason and purpose. The students can feel free to use their imaginations, be creative and explore questions, rather than feeling like just another student who blends into the class.

There are many ways a student’s confidence can be built up. Focusing on encouragement of accepting mistakes in order to learn from them and encourage students to test their abilities knowing mistake will be made. Challenging tasks builds confidence, especially when working in a group or in pairs. This is an important part of the process of letting students experience their own development. This will have an immediate effect on the students and the class’ performance.

The benefits of encouraging confidence and building self-esteem far outweigh methods of teaching that utilize fear and discipline. Classroom discipline is one of the many conditions that are necessary for reaching educational targets. However, there are positive methods to achieving discipline. Discipline and fear promote a well-structured class that is organized and may offer an ordered program that appears conducive to learning. However, because the students are motivated by the avoidance of negative reinforcement they are less likely to experiment with their knowledge as such actions will expose them to the threat of discipline and punishment.

The downside of fear and discipline are that students often lose the opportunity to reach their potential. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important then knowledge”. A fear-based class will excel at only what is asked of them. A class with confidence will explore what they don’t know by asking questions, embracing and learning from their mistakes, and utilizing their imaginations. This will not only supply them with the same knowledge as students in a disciplined class taught through fear, but will also cultivate the creativity and innovation that will allow them to reach their full potential.

Although discipline in a classroom is the foundation upon which a successful class is built, teachers must bear in mind that learning should be a process rather than a memorization of facts. For this to occur, especially in the young learner, a positive classroom environment should be established by any teacher. All activities should be approached with the aim of allowing the students to succeed. Such an approach forges a path upon which students can travel on their own rather than simply being pushed along by a teacher.