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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The impact of our self-concept and self-esteem has on children both positive and negative

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Self-Concept and Self-Esteem images - is there a problem with it?
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This collage represents who individuals may view themselves and how the perception may affect their self esteem.  In our society it is very important that individuals maintain a certain acceptable body ratio if they want to be considered “popular”, “cool”, or “hot”.  The media can have a significant impact on how our students feel about self-concept.  The media is the first one to point out if someone isn’t being accepted due to one’s physical body image.  This can have a serious negative impact on a child.  The problem that this can have on some of our students is that they may take drastic measures to try and change their physical image because they may perceive that as the only way they will be accepted by peers.  This may be a problem in a classroom because a student that is impacted by this may lose motivation to do all they can do academically because they have a poor self-concept about themselves.  

Media - Violence in the schools

These videos provided statistics on the violence that is happening in our schools.  It has been found that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, or physically each year.  It indicates that the typical eighth grade student is missing at least one day of school per year due to bullying.  It was stated that one in every twelve students is being threatened by a weapon each year.  These numbers are staggering.  The victims are typically teachers when the violence involves shooting or stabbings.  Teachers that are affected and survive usually require treatments before they can return to work.  The reports of those committing the violence are as young as 5 years old.  This is a strong indicator that we need to reach these children as soon as they walk into our schools to begin to turn the tide and get a hold on school violence.  I think school violence is on the rise from five years ago.  

Key factors in the development of identity and self-development for students that are six years old are that they begin to transitioning from the "me" stage to the "us" stage, becoming aware of the needs and interests of the group.  Children are now able to use words to communicate their needs and feelings.  They use the power of the word no to help define themselves within the group setting.  Erikson thinks that at this age children have Industry vs. Inferiority – Competence
During this stage, often called the Latency, we are capable of learning, creating and accomplishing numerous new skills and knowledge, thus developing a sense of industry. This is also a very social stage of development and if we experience unresolved feelings of inadequacy and inferiority among our peers, we can have serious problems in terms of competence and self-esteem.  As the world expands a bit, our most significant relationship is with the school and neighborhood. Parents are no longer the complete authorities they once were, although they are still important.

The type of moral reasoning that a student at this age would use is Industry vs. Inferiority. From age six years, children begin to develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments. They initiate projects, see them through to completion, and feel good about what they have achieved. During this time, teachers play an increased role in the child’s development. If children are encouraged and reinforced for their initiative, they begin to feel industrious and feel confident in their ability to achieve goals. If this initiative is not encouraged, if it is restricted by parents or teacher, then the child begins to feel inferior, doubting his own abilities and therefore may not reach his potential.

Bronfenbrenner’s theory suggests the ecological systems theory.  This can be explained that everything in a child and the child's environment affects how a child grows and develops.  As a teacher it will be extremely important to maintain a rapport with the parents so I am made aware of any significant changes that may take place outside of school.  Children are sensitive to things that we don’t even realize will affect them so it will also be imperative to maintain open dialect with them as well.   

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