Believe In Your Selfie---A Self Esteem Builder
By: Ann Owen
Build self esteem and confidence with this fun activity. Believing in yourself is not about thinking that you are the best at everything, but realizing that you have the potential to learn and get better at anything you put your mind to. Learning about one's own potential and qualities can help motivate and inspire students to become the best they can be. Anything is possible if you believe in your selfie!
Encourage students to cooperatively share about themselves, their family, friends, pets, favorite foods, hobbies, etc. Students then brainstorm and express their own uniqueness through illustration and writing, by using one of the templates to create a “Selfie” screenshot self-portrait.
An additional option would be to have students express their dreams for the future. After group discussion and brainstorming, the students write about what they want to be when they grow up and illustrate their “Selfie” screenshot.
Use your imagination and instructional goals to put a twist on this activity. Screenshots of book characters, predicted outcomes, friends, teachers, a quick screenshot of what a behavior is going to “look like” as expectations are discussed and reinforced. “Selfies” are everywhere, so why not in your classroom too! Twist the trend to motivate your students.
There are a variety of templates for use depending on student skill level or desired outcome. Each “Selfie” will provide a sample of student writing to include formation, organization, and penmanship. On the simplest level, it will be a great sample of student illustration of self and name writing.
This activity can be used as a one time lesson or as a pre and post sample for the year. It will be fun to see what changes the student recognizes in him or herself. Create a a trendy, eye catching bulletin board with this engaging activity and watch your students’ self esteem bloom!
Anything is possible if you believe in your SELFIE!