Friday, 5 April 2013

Top Ten Quotes about Learner Self-Esteem in Schools

Recently I have been developing a small pilot initiative within our school based around using social competence tests like the 'Self-Image Profiles' and 'Resiliency Scales' (both from Pearson) to look at how we can be more purposeful in our mentoring of those students with social-emotional and mental health needs. This, I have increasingly come to believe, is a key element in our work with students with SEN and Specific Learning Differences such as dyslexia, with many having long been subject to additional support and in turn naturally experiencing some degree of 'learned helplessness'. In due course I will upload these resources via TES and the various other sharing platforms.

As part of the in-house training I have been putting together around this, the first step I undertook was to try define in clear terms what we mean by self-esteem. In searching around for a few key quotes to help me with this, I found the following which others might find useful when reflecting on this issue in schools.

>> "A positive self image and healthy self esteem is based on approval, acceptance and recognition from others; but also upon actual accomplishments, achievements and success and upon the realistic self-confidence which ensues."  - Abraham Maslow

>> "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

>> "If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

>> “Of all the judgements we pass in life, none is more important than the judgement we pass on ourselves.” - Nathaniel Branden

>> "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

>> "We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals." - Stephen Covey

>> “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable.” - Dennis Waitley

>> “We may go to the moon, but that's not very far. The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us.” - Charles De Gaulle

>> "Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness." - Kanye West

And finally, one particularly for teachers and mentors feeling daunted by the challenge of working with students with the lowest self-esteem:

>> "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates

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