Resilience has often been referred to as a person’s ability to “bounce back” after experiencing adversity. But often, it entails a great deal more – it’s about learning from that adversity and using those insights not just to “bounce back,” but to bounce forward. There are many factors that contribute to a student’s ability to develop resilience in life.
Research confirms that one of the most important factors is the presence of caring and supportive adults in that student’s life, within or outside of the family. The teacher-student relationship is crucial, and a warm and welcoming classroom can help bolster student resilience, despite the circumstances that exist beyond school hours. Many of the other factors that contribute to student resilience deal with social and emotional competencies such as a student’s ability to manage strong emotions, communicate effectively and to problem solve. Confidence and optimism – a realistic view of the situation and its outcomes – are also essential and luckily, all of these skills can be learned.
This PD workshop will begin with the science behind resilience and the impact it has on life outcomes. A TEAMologist will then move beyond theory and provide practical tips and strategies that can be explored with students to help them learn the skills that will serve as protective factors against life’s setbacks, misfortunes and crisis.
Understand the research behind resilience and what factors contribute to resilience
Recognize resilient attitudes and behaviors and how they are grounded in social-emotional competencies
Learn practical strategies they can use and lessons to teach and reinforce resilience.