So after reading several articles about increasing/ fostering self esteem in the classroom several simple strategies seem to be mentioned over and over again.
1- Give students specific praise - this should be done in front of the class as well as individually
2- Make random calls to the students home to praise what they are doing in class
3- Post students work around the classroom or in hallways
4- Put positive post-it notes around the room - make them specific to students randomly
5- Greet all students at the door.
These all seemed so simple, basic, routine - and what many of us do already.
Another strategy I cam across was using self - affirmations. Making a list of qualities or attributes you know you have and believe are valuable.