Confidence is a mindset: to explore and take risks with a strong, positive belief in one’s ability to achieve goals.
Not only does confidence encourage children to try new things and strive to achieve more, it also builds the belief of knowing that failure is part of learning; there’s a willingness to get out there and try, believing in yourself and the ideas you put out into the universe.
According to a recent poll, 96% of teachers believe that hands-on learning builds students’ confidence. And it is through this confidence and way of learning that students are more likely to engage and actively explore concepts at a deeper level; after all, 89% of students agreed that learning in a hands-on way helps them learn new things.
Using playful resources – especially when it comes to STEAM and coding – allows children to physically solve problems, apply a critical eye and develop core skills; all essential and relevant for their future. It also teaches children the process of trial and error, and the fact that there isn’t always one right answer – helping them to take full control and ownership of their learning.
It’s important to remember that confidence is a lifelong process, but as educators and parents, we can put the motions in work. From as early as preschool, children develop confidence alongside other social skills, and it is a process which must be built on throughout their time at school and beyond the classroom.
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