Tell students that an important first step in building self-esteem is taking a realistic look at their strengths and weaknesses and likes and dislikes. This helps them know what goals are realistic to pursue, what aspects of their personality and lifestyle to seek to improve, and how to identify their weaknesses without worrying about how others perceive them. Tell students that self-knowledge helps lay the foundation for high self-esteem.
What is self esteem?
What is Self-Esteem?
• In small groups mind map what you
think self-esteem is.
• Describe someone with a high selfesteem?
• Describe someone with a low selfesteem?
Confidence in your own worth or
• Have a positive image of yourself.
• Make friends easily and not anxious with new
• Happy to play in groups or on your own.
• Try and solve problems on your own, but if
not able to ask for help.
• Proud of your achievements.
• Admit mistakes and learn from them.
• Try new things and adapt to change.
• You have a negative image of yourself and may feel bad, ugly,
unlikeable or stupid.
• Lack confidence.
• You find it hard to make and keep friendships, and may feel
victimised by others.
• Tend to avoid new things and find change hard.
• Can't deal well with failure.
• Tend to put yourself down and might say things like "I’m
stupid" or "I can't do that" (before you have tried).
• You are not proud of what you achieve and always think you
could have done better.
• You are constantly comparing yourself to your friends in a
What are your strengths??
Write you name on the top of a piece of
paper and leave it on your desk or
sellotape a piece of paper to your back.
Silently move around the room and write
1 positive word on each piece of paper
to describe the person.
I like ______________.
I do not like ________________.
I am good at __________________.
I am not good at _______________.
I am good at this subject, but I do not like it: ____________.
I am not good at this subject, but I like it: _______________.
I like __________________.
I do not like ________________.
I am good at _________________.
I am not good at _________________.
I am good at this activity, but I do not like it: _________.
I am not good at this activity, but I like it: ____________.
I prefer being involved in individual activities _____ or group activities ___. (Check one.)
Complete a personal
inventory to identify
your strengths and
Relationships with Friends and Adults (Check the statements that apply to you.)
I am generally well liked: ____________.
I am generally not well liked: ___________.
I have a group of friends: ________.
I prefer having one or two friends: _______.
I am a leader: ___________.
I am a follower: _________.
I prefer people who like the same things I like: ___________.
I prefer people who like different things: _____________.
I have the support of significant adults in my life: __________________.
I have the support of a group of peers: ______________________.
I like to eat ____________.
I do not like to eat __________.
I do ____ do not _____ eat a balanced diet. (Check one.)
I relax by __________.
I like relaxing alone _____ or with other people ____. (Check one.)
After this activity, I always feel calm and peaceful. _______________.
• What they learned about yourself?
• Do you think you have high self-esteem
or low self-esteem?
• What is one thing you can do to build
• Draw an outline of yourself, using all
of the page.
• Inside you outline, write at least ten
things that you like about yourself.