One of the messages which kept coming back across both assessments of self-awareness and self-management was : Be confident. The year 8s were frequently writing to be confident and to be more confident. Again, is this a message they have grown up with that teaches them how to improve themselves or is it something they want to be because they feeling lacking in confidence? Year 8s are now the youngest students in the school and older students are much bigger than they are. Does it worry them? General capabilities are meant to be addressed in all subject areas. I cannot see us going to that kind of depth in a subject area but I do think my awareness of what their needs and messages are will help me help them better. So where would these needs be addressed properly and where is the forum for us to share this feedback we shall get as teachers when we address the general capabilities ? We would want to be looking at how to help our students manage better. Reach out is one site which is a very good resource for self-help and then for getting on the right path. It is very practical in its strategies. For self-confidence building it suggests:
1. Look at what you have already achieved
2.Think of things you are good at
3. Set some goals
4.Talk yourself up
5. Get a hobby
Next week we shall be setting our goals and I will be able to show them that it is one good way to build the self confidence they know they kept saying was something they needed to do.