Self-efficacy is using success in an area of your life as a personal reference point for ability, leading to a sense of personal achievement and belief in yourself. This lesson explores the concept of ‘self-efficacy’ and developing ‘self-belief’. These skills are important for students using a positive outlook to achieve goals and develop resilience.
Students learn that having success in something, and then using that as a personal reference point for ability, leads to further success, achievement and a belief in themselves.
By the end of the lesson, students will understand that:
- having a belief in their abilities will help to improve their resilience
- recording and reflecting on past experiences, and how they made them feel, will equip them with the skills needed during tough times and when striving for greater achievements.
Class discussion: What is self-efficacy? 20 min
Self-efficacy is having success in something, then using that as a personal reference point for ability, and working on that to bring further success, achievement and a belief in yourself. For example, a student isn’t particularly gifted in a certain subject but believes in her own ability to learn it well.
Self-efficacy fosters determination and perseverance to overcome obstacles that would interfere with achieving goals. It’s a reflection of an individual’s confidence in their ability to exert control over their own motivation, behaviour and social environment.
- Read students the definition of self-efficacy.
- Ask them to identify a time when they were successful at something and to think about how this affected them.
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