1. Drew Frank

    Thank you for another great post. I love the subject and think it is one that is laden with misunderstanding and emotions due to societal/cultural beliefs and pressures about gender, chronological, and occupational expectations for “appropriateness.”
    As a teacher, it was always my first job to try and help students build their math confidence, so as to turn difficult problems in to challenges as opposed to obstacles. I feel as an admin it is equally important that I help create space for teachers to build their capacity and confidence, as it is for me to continue to build my own.
    Thanks again for the thought provocation.

  2. Elena Blume

    Always interested in improving along the lines of Self Confidence. I feel confident, however do not always express my opinions.

    I believe there is a time and a place for everything and not every time or place is a moment for *My* confidence of opinion to shine through… even though… it perhaps may shine through if I were to speak in such instance. I think sometimes that is where people can get kind of caught up in what you call, “Over-confidence”.

    In other words, so terrific to have an opinion (Most everyone does), however not every venue is the venue to express that. Not expressing that opinion, even on a topic you feel important, does not show a lack of confidence (even though some may think so). It could, in fact, even display compassion and respect. Compassion and respect are two seldom practiced virtues today.

    So, while confidence is important and even critical in certain instances, perhaps other character strengths may be more important depending on the circumstance.

    Your articles, George Couros, are always so fascinating and depth provoking. Thank you.

  3. Elena Blume

    You know, then again, relating to “Speaking Up” which is one component of Confidence, perhaps… at Recess as a child, I always had a hard time running in to begin Jump Roping when two children were already turning the rope. Did you hate that??? I did. I always made it into the right timing to begin jumping, however I was always afraid of being whipped on the face. (Makes sense, eh? ~appealing to your Canadian).

    Another example may be, looking for the proper time to change lanes on a six or seven lane city freeway. It’s challenging and requires a tremendous ingrained skill.

  4. Another great post George. Really liked your differentiation between arrogance and confidence. Can be a fine line at times. This is such a hard thing to grapple with in schools, particularly amongst teachers. For some it is a point of control, although this does not necessarily make for a very good learning environment.
    I guess this is sometimes why graduates are often told to try and move on after five years. It can be difficult to change from someone finding their feet to someone confident in their skills and ability.

  5. I think it’s easier to be confident when you have a growth mentality. I can confidently take risks because I assume I will make mistakes, learn from them, and become better.

    Isn’t that what we want to model for our students?

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