Matthew 10:26 states, “With God, All things are possible,” which touches on issues of self-efficacy. Self Efficacy refers to the belief in one’s own ability to complete tasks and set goals, reflecting confidence. When it comes to personal health and physical performance abilities, many children encounter perceived barriers, incorrect perceptions, or lack of motivation for the desired benefits (i.e., weight loss, ability to score a goal, physical ability, athletic competencies, etc.).
As future graduates moving into the field of education, your goal is to build up our students, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. You need to encourage each child’s individual growth and reinforce the idea that every child has strengths and areas where improvement is needed, and that is entirely individual to each child.
Consider where you might encounter a child displaying low self-efficacy.
Share one or two potential situations, then reflect on how you would respond as an educator.
Respond to the following prompts:What does a child with low-self-efficacy do or say to reveal his/her perceptions of him/herself?
How could you best help this child to develop self-efficacy?
How does your faith or worldview inform this process?
Consider 1 John 3:1 (opens in new window) to understand God’s sentiments about His children. What might a Christ-like approach to increasing a child’s self-efficacy look like? How do your personal ethical beliefs inform this process?
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