Self-efficacy, an important theory highly congruent with the principles of Positive Psychology, involves students’ beliefs about their performance capabilities and their perceived abilities to influence circumstances that affect their lives. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how students feel, think, motivate, and react. A strong sense of efficacy, or confidence, can have a significant effect on life choices, level of motivation, quality of functioning, and overall well-being.
Students with high confidence in their capabilities approach difficult tasks as challenges to be mastered and as opportunities for personal growth, rather than as threats to be avoided. This constructive outlook promotes intrinsic motivation and active engagement in activities. This self-assurance empowers students to set challenging yet realistic goals, and to maintain a strong commitment to achieving them. They sustain their efforts in the face of failure and quickly recover following setbacks. The result is a heightened sense of personal accomplishment and learned optimism that reduces stress, lowers vulnerability to depression and anxiety, and fuels healthy risk-taking, self-advocacy, and goal-setting.
At The Spire School, we believe that the most effective way of creating a strong sense of efficacy is through mastery experiences. Successes build a belief in one’s personal efficacy, while failures undermine it. We promote the growth of self-efficacy by providing students with the knowledge, skills, and resources to face challenges informed and equipped. The Spire staff support students in setting realistic and challenging goals, articulate the steps required to attain their goals, and support them in their journey toward success. Through cognitive, motivational, and affective processes we help students cultivate a strong sense of personal agency as they work towards achieving a heightened sense of responsibility, adaptive functioning, confidence, and resilience.