What is confidence

An activity that gives young people an understanding of confidence

The purpose is to define the concept confidence and figure out what it is that gives confidence.

Present the purpose of the lesson/activity for the students. Present the quote, “If you believe that you can do something you are well on your way there.”

Divide the students into groups and let them do a brainstorming of the concept confidence. Let them contemplate over what it means to them.

Discuss the different aspects and thoughts. Try to reach a summary and a definition of the word “confidence” together.

Present to the group:
It is very important to build up confidence. All people have at some point had thoughts about who they are, what they are good at, and what other people think of them. Especially in the teenage years, these thoughts are common, since young people at this point start to get a certain control over their own life by making responsible, and healthy decisions. These changes and thoughts are completely normal, as people take the step from the childhood into the adulthood. These things affect the feelings toward oneself, and whether one feels confidence or not. Since the changes happen so quickly and the development may result in many new behaviours being tested, it is natural to feel insecurity.

Confidence can be compared to a three-legged stool. A three-legged stool stays steady even though the ground is uneven. If one leg is broken it can be supported and fixed. It is the same way with confidence. It is possible, but not always easy, to help people by supporting and strengthening their “weak leg”.

The three most important legs in the concept of confidence are:
The feeling of knowledge, the feeling of appreciation and the feeling of responsibility.

Then ask the students to write:

Three areas within which they feel savvy.
Three things that other people appreciate about them.
Three things for which they are responsible.

Divide them into small groups and let them tell each other what they have written. Here it is important to remind everybody to respect each other and listen attentively.

Then work with the questions (individually or in groups):
1. Which of the three questions was easiest/hardest to answer? Why?
2. What did you learn from listening to others’ knowledge, thoughts and feelings?
3. How did it feel to tell your answers to the group?
4. Did something surprise you?

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Motivation and resilience
  • Partnership working

Actual outcomes

The students begin to reflect over their own confidence, how they can work with it and what it is that gives confidence.

Resources required

A person who leads the activity. A place to be, e.g. a classroom.

Time needed

30-60 minutes for the activity, depending on the students’ ability to discuss. There is no need for any special preparations.

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