Self-Confidence Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Seeking to teach your students about self-confidence? This lesson plan focuses on what self-confidence is, where it comes from, and what to do when you lose it. Students will read a short lesson, reflect on their own self-confidence in pairs, and create a poster or poem to share with the class.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the term 'self-confidence'
  • describe ways that they can boost their self-confidence
  • list and reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses


  • 1.5-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


  • Copies of the lesson How to Build Self-Confidence
  • Copies of the quiz that accompanies the lesson
  • Lined paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Magazines or pictures
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  • Write the following quote about self-confidence on the board:
    • ''The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.'' - William Jennings Bryan
  • Allow students time to respond out loud to the quote. Encourage discussion about how it relates to them or makes them feel.
  • Explain that in this lesson, they will be learning more about what self-confidence is and how to build their own self-confidence.
  • Hand out the copies of the lesson How to Build Self-Confidence.
  • As a class, read the first two sections, 'What is Self-Confidence?' and 'Where Does Self-Confidence Come From?' Pause and ask the students the following questions:
    • What is self-confidence?
    • What are the effects of a high or a low self-confidence?
    • According to the lesson, what influences our self-confidence?
  • For the next section, 'Techniques to Boost Self-Confidence,' ask students to take out a pencil and some paper.
  • After reading each sub-section, allow students time to reflect on each of the techniques. Ask them to write down ways that they already do the technique described or ways that they could easily incorporate the technique into their day. Invite students to share their responses with the class.
  • Finally, read the 'Lesson Summary.' Hand out the lesson quiz and complete it as a class.

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