I'm always amazed by the confidence of some my 2nd graders. One girl was sharing from her journal today and wrote:
"Over my weekend I went to a softball clinic. We worked on hitting and catching. I'm good at both."
Another girl came up to me today and asked how to do a writing assignment. I repeated the directions and she replied, "Oh great! I'm so good at that."
I see some kids that come from homes where they're told how wonderful and smart they are everyday. Other kids come into my classroom doubting every step they take. They ask 10 questions for every assignment and need me to check every sentence they write. It's hard to find the right balance as a teacher...building confidence and giving praise, while making sure they learn the proper place for a little humility.