Undvari & Schneider 2000 discusses using competition to build constructive self-concepts. Both Clark and Chan (2008) support academic competition to improve past student performance; in particular when dealing with perfectionists who fear taking risks. Perfectionists do not see mistakes as learning opportunities; they are afraid of appearing wrong in front of their peers. Portfolios are collections of student work that can be used to improve self-concepts; students set goals and realize growth over time.
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Creative, fun activities should be based on past student activities and interests: Art, Creative Writing, Products, Music, Dance, Computers, Science, etc.
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