‘Self Esteem: A Classroom Affair, 101* Ways to Help Children Like Themselves’ by Michele&Craig Borba
Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Teacher Reading | Posted on July 24, 2014
During two months of the summer my students are on holidays,
so I am without my many talented writers and artists
and their contributions to this blog until September.
For this reason I have to think of other kinds of posts.
On other blogs I have seen teachers writing about
books that they have found useful in school.
This is a book that has influenced my teaching.
I bought ‘Self Esteem: A Classroom Affair,
101* Ways to Help Children Like Themselves’
by Michele and Craig Borba in 1980
when I was a student teacher.
It was an unusual book for its time
full of ideas for developing a child’s self esteem.
At the time, it seems to me school was
much more about developing a child academically;
their cognitive rather than their ‘affective’ learning.
It was to be 1983 for example before
Howard Gardner published his
theory of ‘multiple intelligences’.
Gardner, Howard (1983), Frames of Mind:
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Basic Books, NY
I feel this book was before its time, with contents like:
‘Teach Children to Praise Themselves’
and ‘Helping Children to See Their Progress.
I have used many of the activities in this book
repeatedly over the course of my teaching career.
Just in case I ever ran out of ideas there was always Volume 2:
It was in this book that I first learnt about ‘bibliotherapy’
i.e. the judicious use of books as therapy for children.
In this modern age Dr. Michele Borba
is still dispensing ‘words of wisdom’.
You can read more of these here.