Family Resources on Having Self-Confidence

Project and Purpose

By explicitly teaching social-emotional learning skills while honoring diverse identities, creating a sense of belonging, and promoting student agency toward personal growth and social impact, the teacher better creates a classroom environment that fosters well-being for self and others.

If the lesson is used in the classroom: The goal of this lesson was to help students learn about both their strengths and the strengths of other students in their class.

The teacher led students in a discussion about their strengths and students drew a “hand self-confidence portrait” that they would have used in their discussions

Getting Ready for the Conversation

Building a healthy self-confidence is important for children to learn because this goes hand-in-hand with a growth mindset. Helping students identify and understand their strengths helps children to be better regulated and hopeful.

Conversation Starters and Practice at Home Activities

Have your child share their hand self-portrait and explain why they chose the strengths that they drew on their portrait. Discuss other strengths that your child might possess or develop and have the child draw another based on your discussion.

School to Home Resources on Having Self-Confidence

In this lesson students will define and explore the idea of confidence. Then students will explore their own strengths and understand how having confidence leads to personal and academic growth.


This 25–35 minute lesson is designed for flexibility. It can be taught in one day or over the course of a week.

  • Warm Welcome
  • Feelings Check-in
  • SEL Skill Spotlight
  • Active Engagement
  • Closing Connection
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