With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.

Dalai Lama

Broadening the definition

The competency of confidence includes a growing sense of personal identity: having an understanding and connection to one’s familial roots, one’s culture and sense of place. Confidence also stems from self-awareness and the acceptance of one’s strengths, challenges, interests and aptitudes. Here, the competency of confidence intersects with ‘executive function’ as it encompasses the ability to self-monitor according to what an individual knows to be true about their strengths and needs. A confident individual has a positive self-image, is flexible, optimistic, resilient and can self-advocate. As we cultivate confidence within our students, we teach the importance of accepting constructive feedback and having a ‘growth mindset’.

Stories that connect to Confident

 

Sue’s Favourites

The Name Jar

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by Yangsook Choi

Bluebird

bluebird

by Lindsey Yankey

Junkyard Wonders

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by Patricia Polacco

My Name is Aviva

my-name-is-avia

by Leslea Newman

Other Great Stories

The Dot

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by Peter Reynolds

Happy in Our Skin

happy-in-our-skin

by Fran Manushkin

Bear and Duck

bear-and-duckby Katy Hudson

Square Cat

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by Elizabeth Schoomaker

The Recess Queen

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by Alexix O’neill

Louise, the Big Cheese and the Back to School Smartypants

louise-the-big-cheese

by Elise Primavera

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

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by Patty Lovell

Courage

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by Bernard Waber