Resources to Promote Risk-Taking and Confidence in Children

Resources to Promote Risk-Taking and Confidence in Children

Risk-takers seek new ideas, make good decisions and communicate their opinions. These picture books and resources foster confidence in children by facing unfamiliar situations with confidence and standing up for their beliefs.

Risk-Taking and Trying Something New

What is a risk-taker and how can we help our students take appropriate risks? According to the IB, risk-taking students “approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; [they] work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. [They] are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.”

Risk-taking and trying something new is a daunting prospect for many children. These resources focus on promoting confidence in children and for them to understand they are not alone in their anxieties. On the other hand, we want those children who take dangerous risks to understand the balance of being more mindful before taking negative risks.

All your students will seek risk in different ways and at different levels. A classroom is a safe place for them to experiment with taking safe risks without any judgement.

Check out the post  28 of the Best Books about Confidence and Risk-Taking for a wonderful selection of picture books.

Characteristics of a Responsible Risk-Taker

We can also be on the lookout for risk-taker traits in our students. The characteristics, which will exhibit in different ways depending on their age, include:

  • challenging their own fear to take a risk
  • trying something new despite their fears
  • making new friends
  • showing curiosity
  • reflecting on how it felt to try something new
  • experimenting with solving problems in different ways
  • wanting to try new things despite any fears
  • stepping into the unknown
  • confronting difficult situations 
  • standing up for their beliefs
  • exploring new environments and ideas

Key Benefits of Being a Responsible Risk-Taker

Here are some of the key benefits for those children who take responsible risks. 

  • builds resilience and persistence
  • understand their potential and ability
  • makes appropriate judgement
  • understand there are positive and negative consequences to their action
  • develops independence and confidence in children
  • develops resourceful and creative
  • increases curiosity and problem-solving skills
  • makes responsible choices
  • interpersonal and collaboration skills

Teaching Resources for Promoting Confidence in Children

Below you will find resources to support your students in taking risks and trying something new. There are picture books full of confident characters, short videos, online resources and questions to ask about risk-taking.

Risk-Taking & Confidence Books

This selection of books relates to responsible risk-taking and developing confidence in children. Click on the book cover for a synopsis and related online resources. Visit 28 of the Best Books about Confidence and Risk-Taking for more recommended risk-taking books.

Risk-Taking & Confidence Discussion Questions

  • Describe how the characters in the book risk-takers.
  • Were the characters brave enough to stand up for their beliefs? Why do you think they may have found this difficult?
  • Is there a connection between [character’s] risk-taking and their creativity? Explain.
  • How would you have handled this situation?
  • How do you know [character] was taking a risk?
  • Was [character’s] risk-taking positive or negative? Explain.
  • As a class, did you have different views or perspectives on [character] risk-taking? Why do you think this is the case?
  • Will the [character] find this situation easier next time? Why?

Risk-Taking & Confidence Online Resources

You can find my pack of Risk-Taker graphic organizers on Teachers Pay Teachers. Click on the images to see a preview of what is included.

Risk-Taking Discussion Videos

These short videos can be used as discussion starters for talking about risk-taking and confidence. Watch the video before playing them to your students. Some of them are simple while others are more complex

In Conclusion...

These resources are a wonderful way to promote risk-taking and confidence in children. They give you an opportunity to show your students they are not the only one who finds it hard to step into the unknown and try something new.

Remember to check out 28 of the Best Books about Confidence and Risk-Taking for more book suggestions.

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