Developing And Learning Challenge : Self Esteem And Self Concept

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Introduction Coming to school for the first time is a big step each family takes, when their little one is old enough to step into the realm of kindergarten. Things such as routine, higher expectations and social environments are thrown at the nearly 5 year olds, all with the intention of success. At Malcolm Elementary, the teacher is prepped and ready to respond to whatever problems may arise for these incoming students’. Moving from a family centered life, to a more social centered life can be a hard transition, as it forces students to take a walk outside of their comfort zone. As kindergartners struggle with self-esteem and self-concept it is imperative the teacher takes notice, and begins to adapt his or her classroom to better fit…show more content…
As Erick Erikson says “Failure need not be real; it may be merely an inability to measure up to one’s own standards” (as cited in Educational Psychology, Slavin, 2015, p. 50). Meaning, that a 5 or 6 year old is going to categorize themselves under success or failure. In return, how that child sees themselves can reflect or build upon their self-esteem. To take it a bit broader, “In fact, self-esteem has been related to almost every variable at one time or another” (as cited in Robinson, Shaver, & Wrightsman, 1991, p. 116). Robinson, Shaver and Wrightsman are making the point that self-esteem has the ability to be detrimental to one’s developmental process, as it is connected with so many attributes regarding ourselves. Consequently highlighting the importance of this growth of self-esteem in younger kids as they develop. Scholastic journalist, Carla Poole, writes that “they are transitioning out of the egocentric "me" stage, to a stage in which they have a greater understanding of the "me" within the "us"”. Kindergarten students’ are beginning to realize that there is a little more to life than their family. This means that they [the students’] are analyzing what is all around them. Thus leading to the -link between self-concept/esteem and 5 or 6 year olds. Piaget, another infamous psychologist, also gives some information regarding the scenario written above. He claims that 5 or 6 year olds fall into the
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