Self-awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
Students are encouraged to express their emotions and thoughts in safe and proactive ways while in class. Teachers, counselors, and administrators are trained to recognize signs of potentially harmful behaviors. Students who are self-aware are able to recognize their strengths, have a higher level of self-confidence, and more accurate self-perceptions, which all lead to a more productive learning environment.
Examples of Self-Awareness Include:
- Developing interests and a sense of purpose
- Integrating personal & social identities
- Identifying personal, cultural, and linguistic assets
- Identifying one’s emotions
- Demonstrating honesty & integrity
- Linking feelings, values, and thoughts
- Examining prejudices and biases
- Experiencing self-efficacy
- Having a growth mindset
Developing Interests and a Sense of Purpose
A sense of purpose is psychologically linked to dedication, energy, and resilience. Developing a sense of purpose helps children who have experienced trauma to overcome negative pressures.
Identifying Personal, Cultural, and Linguistic Assets
Defining your heritage means understanding your inherited sense of family identity. Whether a strong direct heritage or a general understanding of family norms, heritage helps children to develop a sense of self.
Identifying One's Emotions
Learning to identify and express feelings in a positive way helps kids develop the skills they need to manage them effectively.
Demonstrating Honesty and Integrity
Integrity is the quality of having strong ethical principles that are followed at all times. Honesty, trust, and consistency are central to integrity.
Linking Feelings, Values, and Thoughts
When we teach our kids to understand and express their emotions in healthy ways, it allows them to experience a more flexible, adaptive, and stable inner life. It also puts them on the road to becoming more resilient to mental illness.
Examining Prejudices and Biases
Understanding prejudice and bias begins with exploring the positive and negative core beliefs someone may possess about themselves, their peers, and society.
Having a Growth Mindset
What we say to our children and how we say it supports growth or a fixed mindset. We naturally want to praise them, but being conscious of our words and the context, we can see the impact they have on our children.