Every day, students come into our classroom spaces from their own life experiences the day before. As educators, we do our best to make students feel welcomed and engaged every time they cross our thresholds.

I work hard to make sure students feel safe, cared for, and loved. To do this there are several activities or spaces in our classroom that build students’ self-esteem. I encourage other educators to try a few of these and see the impact it has on their own students.

Build your students’ self-esteem all day, every day


1. Greet every child at the door with a smile and...

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  • About the Author:

    Rayna Freedman is a 5th-grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, Mass. She has taught grades 3 to 5 and is an instructional technology specialist. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern University as she hopes to change the field of education some day. Freedman is president of MassCUE and has been presenting at the annual conference since 2010. She is a Google Level 2 certified educator, a BrainPOP certified educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and Fablevision Ambassador. Freedman has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, Medfield Digital Learning Day, FETC, BPLC, and BLC. Follow her on Twitter at @rlfreedm.