Acting confident and trusting your instincts is a key in life that won’t go astray. For students, it just might be the biggest key of all. Standing in front of classmates, confident and sure of their impending oral presentation will fool them all. Their palms may be sweaty, and their knees may be shaking, but if students look and act confident, no one will question them. But for some students, it’s just not that easy.
It could be that oral presentations strike feelings of terror, standing in front of classmates and projecting their voice or the simple act of putting a hand up to answer a question, might give students the nervous wobbles. In other cases, some students are naturally introverted and prefer to listen or are too shy to pipe up. Either way, getting the most out of education and propelling along the plane that is school is made much easier with a touch of confidence.
It’s important to start building the blocks to a more confident student at home. Students look up to parents and their tutors as idols and models of how to act in certain situations. Creating a good example of being excited to give a presentation to the board members at work or something that you can relate to as parents can show your students, you’re confident and up for the challenge. And remember, even if you’re knees are shaking too, act confident!
But being confident as a parent will only get your student so far. Staying up to date with your student’s homework or maybe even assisting in further research will inspire students to put their hand up to answer the question. With your help and the bible that is Google, students can now add to the discussion in class with a few handy facts up their sleeve.
Now, I’m sure we’ve all seen it and thought it was a great idea, but I bet most of you haven’t implemented it in the home – it’s the trusty timetables on the back of the toilet door. It might seem like a silly choice or a novelty but reinforcing the basics into everyday life and activities will also boost confidence. And why not, when the next time you or your child decides to play ‘I Spy’, try getting students to spell the words once they’ve guessed it? It’s just like when you hide their greens and vegetables on the plate, the students won’t even know they’re learning!
Encouraging students at home, in the classroom or on the sporting field will also develop a confident student. A simple “you’re on the right track” at the homework table will create a more assured student who’ll be jumping at the chance to put their hand up, answer the question or even make a speech.