To Advance Physical and Intellectual Confidence
To engage the child in activities that will improve the child’s physical and intellectual performance and, as a result, increase confidence levels. By allowing the child to witness his or her success and applauding the child’s advancement, the child will gain the confidence necessary to succeed not only physically and intellectually, but also in other developmental areas.
1. Determine if the child needs individual attention and assistance in the subject in which you are focusing on (example; jumping, running, colors, shapes).
2. Work with the child by providing the individual attention necessary for the child to succeed. Avoid putting a spotlight on the child; children learn and develop at different rates; it is important that the child feels comfortable with the activity and the extra attention.
3. Provide the child with positive reinforcement; if the child improves or succeeds, applaud and compliment the child’s success (this should be done with all children when they succeed).
4. Keep up with communication with the parents, your efforts will double if the child is not only encouraged at school but at home too.
Advancing Physical and Intellectual Confidence
It is my belief that almost every individual thrives for approval. As adults, we may want the acceptance of our peers, an affiliation to a certain association or group, the acknowledgement of our success or the glorification of our perceived beauty. Private victory does not seem to be quite as sweet as shared victory. It is only natural that a child thrives for the same approval that adults do, particularly when accomplishing newly discovered tasks such as, walking, running, or identifying colors and shapes. In my opinion, in the case of children under an educator’s supervision, this approval should evolve into positive reinforcement. The power of a smile or and applause makes a world of...