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Topic: Self-Esteem 

Early Childhood

 Standard 2.  Children develop trust and emotional security through positive relationships, self-awareness, and self-regulation
  8-18 months
   Benchmark 6.Shows confidence in increasing abilities (e.g., expresses satisfaction with what he or she has done by clapping, explores independently, experiments with different ways of making things happen)

Self-Regulation

 Standard 5.  Maintains a healthy self-concept
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   Benchmark 1.Displays positive self-esteem and confidence in abilities
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Shows a willingness to try new things
     2.Shows confidence in abilities
   Benchmark 2.Shows a desire to be independent (e.g., makes own decisions, separates from parents without stress)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Separates from parent or primary caregiver without stress
     2.Makes independent choices
   Benchmark 3.Shows pride in accomplishments
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Shows satisfaction in achieving goals
   Benchmark 4.Feels comfortable around peers and adults (e.g., accepts comfort and guidance, seeks help when needed)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Accepts comfort from others
     2.Accepts assistance from others
     3.Seeks help when needed
     4.Feels comfortable around his or her peers
     5.Feels comfortable around teachers and other familiar adults
  Level IV (Grade K-12)
   Benchmark 1.Has confidence in one’s own abilities, including the ability to succeed
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Has confidence in one’s own abilities
     2.Has confidence in the ability to succeed
   Benchmark 2.Uses techniques (e.g., recalling positive things others have said about oneself) to remind self of strengths
    Knowledge/skill statements
     2.Reminds self of strengths using various techniques
     3.Reminds self of strengths by recalling positive things others have said about them
   Benchmark 5.Uses positive affirmations and self-talk to improve sense of self, build confidence, and complete difficult tasks
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Uses positive affirmations and self-talk to improve sense of self
     2.Uses positive affirmations and self-talk to build confidence
     3.Uses positive affirmations and self-talk to complete difficult tasks
   Benchmark 6.Analyzes self-statements for their positive and negative effects
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Analyzes self-statements for their positive effects
     2.Analyzes self-statements for their negative effects
   Benchmark 7.Examines "shoulds" to determine their negative and positive effects and revises “shoulds” to reflect the reality of personal needs
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Examines "shoulds" to determine their negative effects
     2.Examines "shoulds" to determine their positive effects
   Benchmark 10.Uses high self-esteem body language
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Faces person when speaking to them
     2.Avoids dismissive gestures
     3.Stands or sits up straight