A network to share best practices for children with special needs
Increasing a child’s self-esteem is a critical component to a child’s development, academically and to encourage life-long learning. It is important to recognize that there are a reported nine levels of intelligence developed by Howard Gardner (1999) and in order for a child to feel good about themselves one needs to confirm and support that area in which a child has strength in learning and feed that area. The areas identified are:
Here are a couple of web sites that describe the theory in more detail.
Then you can build using that specific area to incorporate learning. One way that is a way to do this is through Universal Design for Learning. This approach allows the student to express their acquisition of a skill and their demonstration of that skill in a way that is comfortable or accessible for them. Using technology to help with reading; using a power point or a project based assessment, rather than a typical essay to demonstrate knowledge are some examples. A great site to learn about UDL is www.cast.org/. You will also find free resources.
The end result is to support the learner in a way that is natural for them to learn and as a result you encourage the development of confidence and increased self-esteem.