Building self-esteem

Self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself and your abilities. This opinion can fluctuate wildly in young people, especially during puberty. By understanding what self-esteem is and how to improve it, students can identify steps to help them maintain self-confidence and achieve self-actualisation.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students will understand the concept of self-esteem and identify strategies for improving their own and others’ self-esteem.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • define what self-esteem is
  • identify strategies to improve their own and others’ self-esteem.
activity 01

Read up on self-esteem 10 min

As a class, students read the ReachOut article 10 tips for improving your self-esteem. You could display the article on an interactive whiteboard or using a projector, and hand out printed copies to students.