Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Every teacher wants their students to have a higher self-esteem and more motivation, right?

You know those first 5 minutes of the day when kids are chatting away and won’t get in their seats? Or the 5 minutes right after lunch when they just don’t want to settle down and start to work? Or the first 5 minutes after passing period?

Why not take that 5 minutes to share a snippet of Deaf Culture or History?

We know that including Deaf Culture and History in your classroom will provide your students with a sense of optimism and excitement towards learning and understanding the daily curriculum.



A study, Self-esteem and Coping Strategies among Deaf Students “showed that identification with the Deaf community significantly contributed to positive self-esteem. Results also revealed that deaf students with greater degree of hearing loss and with bicultural skills that help them function in both the hearing and the Deaf community generally have higher self-esteem.” (Jambor, 2005)

Including Deaf Culture and History in your classroom will support students in finding their own identity with the Deaf Community and develop bi-cultural skills. Your students’ increasing self-esteem will show results in classroom performance! It’s WORTH IT!

It’s 5 minutes!

Here are some ideas:

  1. Share one event from a deaf history timeline.  Here is one from Gallaudet. You can purchase a deaf history and culture timeline featuring 200 years from 1800 – 2000 at our store. Check out a great video with highlights from this timeline!
  2. Check the news to see if any deaf individuals are featured and get the latest news in ASL!
  3. Pick a card from the We Succeed Because We Can classroom kit, available at . Share about that individual and the career he or she is in.
  4. Play an ASL game.
    1. The well-known handshape game is always fun for students. Pick a different handshape each time you play.
    2. The childhood game of ‘Telephone’ can be adapted to ASL with fingerspelling. Have the students line up in a straight line. The first player picks a spelling or vocabulary  word and fingerspells it to the next person in line. Make sure the others can’t see! Then the second player fingerspells it to the next and so on. The object is to see if the last player spells the same word that the first player picked.

For more great ideas on how to incorporate Deaf Culture and History into your daily school routine, download our free resource for educators:

To purchase copies of the We Succeed Because We Can and Time Line poster for your classroom and other great educational products, see: Our store.

We salute you educators! Your job is challenging, yet rewarding.

You CAN change your students’ outlook on themselves, education and history in just 5 minutes a day! You got this!  


Jambor, Edina and Elliott, Marta. “Self-esteem and Coping Strategies among Deaf Students,” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education vol. 10 no. 1 © Oxford University Press 2005






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