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How to Encourage Student Pride in the Classroom

Instructor: Laura Gray

Laura has taught at the secondary and tertiary levels for 20+ years and has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

In this lesson, we will discuss ways in which teachers can instill a sense of pride in their students. This includes pride in accomplishments, pride in work, pride in surroundings, and pride in one another.

Pride is Essential

Undoubtedly, you've probably either been a student in, or walked into, a classroom where pride was just oozing from the students. They were proud of their work, they were proud of their classroom, and they were proud of each other. Did you ever wonder how all of that pride, or a sense of feeling good about their surroundings and their accomplishments, came to be? It was encouraged and well orchestrated.

Student pride is important for two reasons. First, pride indicates that students are a part of the learning process, not merely observers. In other words, they have a vested interest in school. Second, students who have pride in their work and in their school actually tend to be more involved in school and earn better grades.

In this lesson, we will talk about fostering students' pride not only in their academic accomplishments, but also in their classroom as a whole and in their peers. We will discuss ways that you as a teacher can help to foster and incorporate that pride.

Pride is Ownership

Ultimately, pride comes from having a sense of ownership in something. So, the first thing we have to remember is that in order for students of any age to have pride in anything, they must first feel as if they have some control over their learning and their ideas matter.

Let's take schoolwork, for instance. Taking ownership isn't such a difficult thing for students to do when they are given choices. For example, try giving your students a choice in the types of assignments they complete. Or ask, 'What do you want to do first? Read in your textbook or work on this report?' Simple things such as this can really be effective in encouraging students to take pride in the work that they do.

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