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Ch 5: Self-Esteem & Self-Improvement Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Help your students develop confidence and self-esteem using these lesson plan outlines and the materials provided with them. These resources include activities and information you can use as a springboard to design lessons of your own.

Self Esteem & Self Improvement Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

By using the materials in this chapter, you can build a comprehensive program in self-esteem and self-improvement for students of all ages. The chapter has lessons, lesson plan outlines, and activities on such topics as self-control, self-discipline, confidence building, the Six Pillars, and much, much more! You will find resources that can help you create:

  • Classroom lessons on self-control, self-discipline, and self-esteem
  • Activities and lessons designed for students of all ages that can help build self confidence
  • Discussion topics on the definition and theory of self-monitoring and self-advocacy
  • Homework or classroom assignments on what self-concept is and how to build self-awareness
  • Lessons on the definition of self-esteem, the Six Pillars, current issues and more!

How It Helps

  • Discussion topics/questions: Gives you plenty of relevant material on self-esteem and self-improvement that you can use to stimulate class discussion
  • Student involvement: Offers activities that will engage your students and help them enhance their own levels of self-confidence and self-worth
  • Classwork or homework assignments: Provides outlines and suggestions for activities that will teach your students what self-esteem is and how to act as an advocate for one's self

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on self esteem and self improvement easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to self-esteem and self-improvement that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in these lesson plans on self esteem and self improvement.
  • Share the related lessons about self-esteem and self-improvement for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on self-esteem and self-improvement.
  • Engage your students with relevant games and activities, discussion questions or other materials covering self-esteem and self-improvement found in the lesson plan outline.

54 Lessons in Chapter 5: Self-Esteem & Self-Improvement Lesson Plans
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What Is Self-Esteem? - Definition & How to Improve It

1. What Is Self-Esteem? - Definition & How to Improve It

Feeling confident about yourself is called self-esteem. During the end of the 20th century, a self-esteem movement was geared at making children feel good about themselves. But did it work? What really improves a person's self-esteem?

What is Self-Esteem? - Definition, Six Pillars & Issues

2. What is Self-Esteem? - Definition, Six Pillars & Issues

High self-esteem is linked to both physical and psychological health. Read this lesson to learn exactly what self-esteem is, and how it can be improved.

Promoting Self-Esteem in the Classroom

3. Promoting Self-Esteem in the Classroom

Want to have a classroom full of proud and confident students? This lesson is all about developing and promoting self-esteem in the classroom. Learn how you can get your students on the path to high self-esteem.

Developing Student Self-Esteem in Special Education

4. Developing Student Self-Esteem in Special Education

If you teach special education, this lesson will be very beneficial. We will go over why you should help develop self-esteem in your students, and ways you can go about doing it. Read on to learn more.

Self-Esteem Activities for Elementary Students

5. Self-Esteem Activities for Elementary Students

Building the self-esteem of your elementary-aged students is one of the most important things you can do as their teacher. This lesson offers specific activities to help your students feel stronger and more confident.

Self-Esteem Activities for High School Students

6. Self-Esteem Activities for High School Students

High school is arguably the most formative time in a young person's development. Because of this, self-esteem is vitally important. This lesson provides teachers with classroom activities designed to build self-esteem in high school students.

Self-Esteem Activities for Middle School Students

7. Self-Esteem Activities for Middle School Students

Want to help your students develop self-esteem? These activity ideas will go a long way in helping students think better of themselves. All of the activities can be modified to suit your students.

Self-Esteem Activities for Special Education Classrooms

8. Self-Esteem Activities for Special Education Classrooms

This lesson will provide you with specific activities to use in the classroom that will improve self-esteem for students with special needs. The lesson includes activities for varying age ranges.

Self-Confidence Lesson Plan

9. Self-Confidence Lesson Plan

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.

How to Build Self-Confidence

10. How to Build Self-Confidence

Self-confidence can immensely impact one's level of happiness and satisfaction with life. Learn the definition of self-confidence and get tips on how to be more self-confident in this lesson.

Confidence Building Activities for Kids

11. Confidence Building Activities for Kids

Kids are often in need of a constant boost, especially when they're young. There are many ways we can help our students increase their confidence through activities. Here are a few examples.

Confidence Building Activities for Teenagers

12. Confidence Building Activities for Teenagers

Teenagers often lack confidence. They can be socially awkward, unsure of themselves, and unable to present themselves in ways that imply competence. Here are some confidence building activities that can help with this.

Confidence Building Activities for Adults

13. Confidence Building Activities for Adults

Having low confidence or self-esteem can be detrimental to a person's success and happiness in life. It's therefore valuable to take part in confidence building activities. Here are a few ideas.

Self-Control Lesson Plan

14. Self-Control Lesson Plan

Through this lesson plan that focuses on self-control, students will learn about delayed gratification and self-control, and will practice self-control in various situations through role-playing activities.

What Is Self-Control? - Definition & Theory

15. What Is Self-Control? - Definition & Theory

Self-control is an admirable characteristic that should be exercised in all aspects of life. This lesson will discuss the definition of self-control as well as the self-control theory.

Teaching Self-Control Activities

16. Teaching Self-Control Activities

For very young students, exercising self-control can be a very difficult task. Therefore, as a teacher, you should take some time to help your students learn about self-control and practice this very important skill.

What is Self-Monitoring in the Classroom?

17. What is Self-Monitoring in the Classroom?

Effective educators know that a successful student is one who is independent and self-directed in both behavior and learning. In this lesson, we will explore what it means to self-monitor in the classroom for both behavior and learning improvements.

Self-Discipline Lesson Plan

18. Self-Discipline Lesson Plan

Are you looking for an engaging way to teach your class about self-discipline? This lesson plan uses food, candy, and an informative text lesson to grab and keep your students' attention as they about self-discipline.

Self-Discipline: Definition & Exercises

19. Self-Discipline: Definition & Exercises

Self-discipline impacts every area of our lives. In this lesson, we will explore what it is, what it looks like when it is in practice, and how to develop your own self-discipline.

Self-Advocacy Lesson Plan

20. Self-Advocacy Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with activities, an extension, a quiz, and discussion topics that will help your students learn more about self-advocacy.

Self-Advocacy: Definition & Skills

21. Self-Advocacy: Definition & Skills

Self-advocacy is the process of speaking up for yourself, and each person should have these skills. The following lesson talks about self-advocacy, when you can self-advocate, and the skills you can use to do so.

Self-Awareness Lesson Plan

22. Self-Awareness Lesson Plan

Do you need a simple way to teach your class about self-awareness? This lesson plan uses an activity to get students thinking about self-awareness and a video lesson to explain key facts and outline one theory on self-awareness.

Self-Awareness: Definition & Explanation

23. Self-Awareness: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, we'll discuss the definition of self-awareness and its benefits to your life. Discover what can prevent a person from being self-aware, and learn about several tools to help you increase your self-awareness.

Self-Awareness Activities for Adults

24. Self-Awareness Activities for Adults

Improving your self-awareness can have multiple benefits for people of all ages. All suitable for adults, here are several possible activities to improve self-awareness.

Self-Awareness Activities for Students

25. Self-Awareness Activities for Students

Improving students' self-awareness is an important job for any teacher. This lesson will provide several classroom activities for helping students develop and maintain self-awareness.

Self-Awareness Group Activities

26. Self-Awareness Group Activities

Learning more about yourself is a big part of becoming a mature person. You can use the activities in this lesson to help your students develop self awareness while working alongside one another.

Self-Concept Lesson Plan

27. Self-Concept Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students become more aware of themselves as unique individuals. Students start off watching a video lesson examining what self-concept is and the five tenets of self-concept, then apply concepts to a reflective activity.

What Is Self-Concept in Psychology? - Definition & Overview

28. What Is Self-Concept in Psychology? - Definition & Overview

Self-concept encompasses all that you know about your self. We'll focus on the two broad categories of self-concept - ideal, or imagined, self and actual self - and the negotiation between the two. Then we'll cover five basic tenets of self-concept.

Emotional Health Lesson Plan

29. Emotional Health Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to hold an honest and open discussion with students about emotional health. Students will discuss their ideas about emotional health and create plans to monitor their own emotional health and that of their peers.

Emotional Health in Adolescence: Definition & Changes

30. Emotional Health in Adolescence: Definition & Changes

In this lesson, we will define what it means to be emotionally healthy, discuss emotional changes that take place during adolescence, and look at unhealthy emotional issues which might merit consulting a professional.

Dealing with Stress Lesson Plan

31. Dealing with Stress Lesson Plan

Do your students have effective methods for coping with the stress in their lives? This lesson plan uses two video lessons to educate students about stress and behavioral and cognitive means of mitigating it. An activity helps students put a stress reduction plan in action.

Cognitive Strategies for Dealing with Stress

32. Cognitive Strategies for Dealing with Stress

In this lesson, we'll learn some cognitive strategies for dealing with stress. This involves dealing with stress in a different manner, but allows us to be more proactive about it.

Behavioral Strategies for Dealing with Stress

33. Behavioral Strategies for Dealing with Stress

Everyone has varying levels of stress, but being able to handle that stress can really make a difference. In this lesson, we look at behavioral strategies for dealing with stress.

Self-Determination Skills Lesson Plan

34. Self-Determination Skills Lesson Plan

Do your students know what motivates them? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to introduce and explain self-determination theory. An activity gives students a chance to apply what they've learned about motivation.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

35. Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

How do you stay motivated? What motivates your peers and coworkers? Are rewards motivating factors or do people have an internal drive to persist until a given activity is completed? This lesson will describe a theory that encompasses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators: the self-determination theory.

Problem Solving Skills Games & Activities

36. Problem Solving Skills Games & Activities

As teachers, we can play a meaningful and important role in helping our students learn to solve problems. This lesson gives you some ideas for games and activities that promote problem-solving skills.

Self-Concept Activities for Students

37. Self-Concept Activities for Students

Helping your students know and understand themselves is an important part of your role as their teacher! This lesson offers self-concept activities that your students will learn from and enjoy.

What is Self-Concept in Early Childhood?

38. What is Self-Concept in Early Childhood?

In this lesson, we'll discuss the stages children go through to develop their identity and self-concept. Depending on their developmental level, children may be at different stages of ability to articulate who they are. This lesson will emphasize early childhood stages of self-concept.

How to Increase Self-Efficacy in Students

39. How to Increase Self-Efficacy in Students

In this lesson, we'll be learning how to teach your students the important skill of self-efficacy. Here, you'll learn practical strategies you can implement easily in your classroom to support student learning.

How to Increase Self-Efficacy in Exercise

40. How to Increase Self-Efficacy in Exercise

In this lesson, we'll be exploring the concept of self-efficacy and how it relates to exercise. Through this lesson, you'll learn how to implement strategies to improve students' self-efficacy around exercise and promote student achievement.

How to Increase Self-Efficacy in Sports

41. How to Increase Self-Efficacy in Sports

Students have the opportunity to play many different sports if they choose to do so. In order to succeed, students need an appropriate level of self-efficacy. This lesson will discuss how to increase self-efficacy in sports to maximize success.

How Physical Education Helps Self-Esteem

42. How Physical Education Helps Self-Esteem

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the importance of physical education. We'll examine how physical education can build self-esteem in students and how this impacts their academic performance in the classroom.

Group Games to Boost Self-Esteem

43. Group Games to Boost Self-Esteem

Strengthening self-esteem is a critical aspect of the school experience for healthy children. This lesson is designed to encourage students in your classroom to find the positive in others and appreciate their own contributions in your class.

Self-Esteem Lesson Plan

44. Self-Esteem Lesson Plan

Pack a punch with your instruction on self esteem with the help of two Study.com lessons and an interactive classroom activity. Options for further study and related lessons are also included.

Self-Esteem Building Activities

45. Self-Esteem Building Activities

You can help your students develop self-esteem through activities designed for the entire class, individual and groups. The activities are great self-esteem builders for older children and adolescents.

Self Reflection Activities

46. Self Reflection Activities

Self-reflection is not something confined to a specific subject or grade level. These activities can help you implement important self-reflection time in your classroom.

The Four Agreements Discussion Questions

47. The Four Agreements Discussion Questions

Teaching '~'The Four Agreements'~' to your high school students can be an enlightening experience for all involved. Use these discussion questions to guide students through meaningful conversations about how the agreements affect their own lives.

Discussion Questions About Mental Health

48. Discussion Questions About Mental Health

Mental health is an important topic, but may feel daunting to teach. Use these discussion questions with your high school students to guide a meaningful conversation about issues surrounding mental health.

How To Win Friends And Influence People Discussion Questions

49. How To Win Friends And Influence People Discussion Questions

Studying 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' with your high school students can be an enlightening journey to more positive interactions with the world. Use these discussion questions to guide them through the four parts of this book.

Daring Greatly Discussion Questions

50. Daring Greatly Discussion Questions

After reading 'Daring Greatly' by Brene Brown, use these discussion questions to help high school or adult readers think critically about the book and reap the most benefit from the lessons Brown teaches.

Self-Respect Activities for High School Students

51. Self-Respect Activities for High School Students

The following activities are designed to help you teach your high school students skills for thinking about and practicing self-respect. These activities can be adapted to all high-school grades.

Self Reflection Project Ideas

52. Self Reflection Project Ideas

One of the best ways to see personal growth is through the tool of self reflection. These projects will give your middle and high school students a chance to self reflect in a variety of ways.

Social Awareness Project Ideas

53. Social Awareness Project Ideas

The following project ideas are intended to help your students practice social awareness, developing skills for empathy, communication, self-reflection, and social action.

Wellness Project Ideas for Students

54. Wellness Project Ideas for Students

Wellness is an important consideration for students, especially as they enter the busyness of middle and high school. These wellness project ideas will help you get your students involved in considering their own wellness.

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