Self confidence is vital to happiness and happiness is vital to a solid foundation in life. A foundation is the first step in building anything; everything needs a place to begin. With children, that foundation begins at a young and impressionable age and we hope that what we teach them makes the lasting impression that we are looking for. Unfortunately, there are usually always bubbles in the foundation that need to be shaken out and that holds true in developing the foundation of the students that we hope to reach. As a teacher, it is our job, our responsibility to get those bubbles, those obstacles, out of the way and build up the self esteem and self confidence of every student that passes through the classroom. Although, the diversity of today’s society and the people in it, make this task more difficult, and more challenging with each day that passes.
Diversity in education is common in today’s society and will continue to be a visible aspect in the education of each student that walks into the doors of a school. The difference can be as simple as race, religion or gender, but can be as difficult as a disability, language or emotional problems. Regardless, each student should be made to feel as though they matter and that they are given the best opportunity possible to achieve educational success from their teacher.
For instance, a student is transferred into the classroom from a self-contained class for students with emotional problems. The attempted purpose of the transfer is to mainstream the student into a regular education classroom, but the student, knowing the difference in the classes, may feel like an outsider, especially if the student has just transferred in from another school. The self-confidence of the student can take a huge hit and affect them academically. The student may be left out of activities and/or groups by classmates because of being the “new kid” or because they may know that he is from a “special class.”... [continues]
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