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Creativity as self-esteem boost

There is no doubt that being creative can boost self-esteem. Unfortunately with the changes in the education system, many art programs are being cut from public schools.

Attendance Record, located in Austin TX, provides a safe space where students are encouraged to express themselves creatively through songwriting and art. They focus on building a community of learners where everyone involved can discover something unique about themselves.

Attendance Records is dedicated to bringing creativity back into schools by connecting teachers and students with local writers, artists and musicians. By providing students with the opportunity to design, write and produce their own album, students will build confidence skills that will result in discovering what makes them unique.

A great idea helping boost self-esteem in students.

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Esteem for KidStar

Giving children esteem is a very thankful act because it boosts their self-confidence and opens them up to their talents.  KidStar is one of numerous programs that gives children esteem and helps them to find their unique talents.

KidStar is a federally certified non-profit program giving children the opportunity to run their own radio stations within their schools.

Already over 3,000 students have participated in this program.  Since the stations are web-based they can broadcast not only in the school area but around the country and even around the globe.

It’s a great opportunity for 5th and 6th graders to discover how a real radio station might work and to discover their own creativity and talent.

KidStar is a great program giving esteem toward children.

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Esteem for the youth

Young people are an important part of our society and should be given the opportunity to take on responsibility.  In order to be able to take responsibility for their actions young people need to get esteem.

We can give esteem ourselves toward young people by encouraging them to do good and by being an esteemful example.

Another way to give esteem toward youth can be found in the Global Youth Leadership Institute.  Their mission is to inspire socially responsible young people to develop their leadership abilities for communities through empathy and service for others.  Dynamic programs are offered for students and teachers on the topics of global pluralism and diversity, native American traditions, environmental awareness, school community partnerships, and the inner calls of teaching and learning.

One of their events takes place in New Mexico from July 15-20, 2009.  Students entering 11th grade can learn to develop a personal leadership vision through the guidance of a native elder.  A primary goal is discovering the self-sufficiency of a life close to nature.

Events like these give young people the feeling of being precious – an important impact esteem can create.  As a response these young persons will be able to give esteem toward the people they meet throughout their life.

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Esteem for inspiring people

Bob Sorensen, biology teacher at Capital High School in Santa Fe NM showed how one person can make a difference.

Over the past three years Sorensen has been a driving force behind the school’s health-careers program by establishing relationships between the community college, the University of New Mexico’s medical school and the medical center.

The program started in 2006 with 17 students who wanted to shadow someone in the medical profession.

Thanks to his activity the health-careers class counts today 60 students and more than 200 students wish to join in the next year.

Sorensen’s dedication and enthusiasm were coupled with conviction.  At the same time he showed esteem toward his students who were willing to work hard and to learn.

Last week he got esteem by being awarded as “A Teacher Who Inspires”.

He said modestly: “I really don’t deserve this. It’s not me, it’s not. It’s you guys, the students.”

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Teacher Appreciation Day

How do you show esteem toward your teacher or the teacher of your children?

All too often that we want to live an esteemful life but we overlook the people who are essential parts of our daily life.

Today we are reminded of giving esteem toward the teachers because it’s Teacher Appreciation Day, just a part of Teacher Appreciation Week.  The goal is to give esteem to the teachers who work so hard for the education of our youth.

Giving esteem toward teachers shows them that their work and dedication is appreciated.

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National Association for Self-Esteem

The National Association for Self-Esteem NASE has existed since 1986 with the goal of developing personal worth, responsibility and integrity in families, schools and the workplace.

According to NASE, a healthy self-esteem means “the experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness”.

We agree that self-esteem is strongly connected to the feeling of being precious and worthy of happiness.  We can encourage each other by speaking about self-esteem and by finding ways to improve it.

NASE is one way of going public to enhance discussion and activities around self-esteem.

Esteem creates a chain reaction of kindness

Everybody who is used to living with esteem knows the consequences of esteem.

One result of giving esteem is our own feeling of knowing that we did or said something positive toward another person.

On the other hand we create good feelings in the person receiving esteem.

Finally esteem creates a chain reaction of kindness by encouraging people who got esteem to do the same.

The students at the Maine-Endwell High School in Binghamton, N.Y. made this important life experience when they instituted the “Random Acts of Kindness Program”.

By giving esteem and an act of kindness, one person can start a chain reaction of kindness and esteem.

The students even get public esteem back by being recognized for their random act of kindness.  What a great way to learn to integrate esteem in their lives.

Trout in the classroom: esteem for nature

For city students sometimes it may be difficult to come into contact with nature.  Contact is the first step toward esteem and respect for nature.

Third-graders at Linwood E. Howe Elementary in Culver City, CA had the unique opportunity to make a step toward nature thanks to a few slippery friends.

Trout in the Classroom is a nationwide program to bring information about trout into city classrooms.  The trout program lasts three months, with students recording a variety of behavior information before they release the fish back into the streams.

Learning esteem toward nature is basic learning for life.  When students know more about nature they learn about responsibility, respect and the connectedness of human beings with nature.

Cycling for kindness

Author and inspirational speaker Brock Tully of West Vancouver started his third North American cycling tour called “Kindness … Cycle it Forward!”.  Over the next nine months he wants to cycle 18,000 kilometers throughout the U.S. visiting schools and communities.

His goal is to challenge people and communities to be kinder: “The biggest highlight is always the kindness of people in all walks of life,” he said. “Kindness has no age, style, religion, ethnicity.”  Kind acts are a pure expression of esteem we want to give others.

His unique idea for raising conscious about being kind is simple: he distributes bracelets which people wear on their left wrist until they do an act of kindness, then they move it to the right wrist.

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Esteem for a peace maker

Greg Mortenson, 51, started the initiative “Pennies for Peace” fifteen years ago in River Falls, WI.

Pennies for Peace collects money, much of it pennies, to build schools overseas.

A penny might not go far in the U.S. today but in Pakistan it can buy a pencil.

More than 3,000 schools, organizations and individuals have participated since its inception and have raised more than 100 million pennies.

Mortenson gets esteem for his peace bringing action when he visits the schools being built overseas.

“What I want kids to know the most is that anybody can make a difference,” he said. “If you start out every day doing one small thing, you can build big dreams.”

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