The most important factor in student achievement is confidence. On average, identity—how we think of ourselves and our abilities and our unique thoughts and opinions—begin to form around age six or seven. How we come to view ourselves and the likelihood that with persistence, we can succeed at the goals we set can have substantial impacts on our future successes. But knowing how to set those goals doesn’t just happen. For students to increase confidence and experience academic success requires that they learn not just the material in a unit, but how to enhance their memory, organize material, set short- and long-term goals, and apply those skills to review material and prepare for exams—in other words, learn.
For younger students, consider the “Make My Own Book Kits,” beginning with “I Am Special.”
For kindergarteners through Grade 5, choose from the STRONG Kids Life Skills series, complete with teacher’s guides and student activity books. And don’t forget the Creative Thinking Workbooks, from “My Own Book of Wishes” to “This is My Opinion About…”
For older students, check out the series of study skills, including improvement in reading, writing, and math.
And remember…the greatest self-esteem builder of all is success!