The Student May:

  • Be self defeating

  • Appear sad or depressed

  • Be withdrawn

  • Hesitant to try new things or challenging tasks

  • Easily cease effort

  • Say they cannot do anything, are incapable, or are not good enough

  • Often say others are better at tasks then they are

  • Have anxiety about being the center of attention, getting in front of class, etc

  • Perceive themselves as ugly or undesirable

  • Have a distorted body image

  • Never feel they are good enough

  • Be a perfectionist

  • Be unable to take a genuine compliment

  • Easily have their feelings hurt over little things or things that are not directed toward them

  • Rush through work

  • Display an “I don’t care” attitude

  • Make big plans and then fail to follow through

  • Take on more than they can handle

  • Make negative comments about self

  • Have a lack of friends

If this describes the student, proceed to the interventions. If not, try choosing another behavior.

Interventions:

  • Alternative modes of completing assignments

  • Assign a buddy or partner

  • Assign a classroom job

  • Call parent or positive note home

  • Deep breathing

  • Draw a picture or write in a journal

  • Encourage interaction with a more self confident student

  • Explain assignment

  • Explain directions

  • Give choices

  • Help student start assignment

  • Helping Students With Home Work

  • Listen to music

  • More structured routine

  • Move to a new location in the classroom

  • Praise student frequently

  • Proximity to students

  • Reflective listening

  • Rewards, Simple Reward Systems, & Incentives

  • Snack break

  • Talk one on one with student

  • Talk to parent

  • Teach conflict resolution skills

  • Teach coping skills

  • Teach relationship skills

  • Teach relaxation techniques

  • Teach social skills

A few important points:  

  • Try multiple interventions at the same time

  • Collect and track specific data on each intervention tried & its effect

  • If your data indicates no progress after a two weeks, you should consider a referral to the Trutherapy School Based Counselor.

Poor Self Esteem