Is it possible to teach resilience? I guess it depends on what we think ‘teach’ means, i.e. direct instruction vs facilitation vs guidance, etc. Whatever. I think there is more consensus that resilience can be learnt….somehow.

One of the benefits of Inquiry learning is exposing students to uncertainty and “failure” such as a dead-end of a path of inquiry (which often, leads to other paths which means failure is temporary). In other words, I do believe that Inquiry as a pedagogy helps teach resilience.

Nevertheless, there are still students who struggle and show a lack of resilience. These students need a bit more help. @anniemurphypaul wrote Tough as a drill sergeant (apropos, it’s worth subscribing to her posts….do it) with strategies that make sense and are easy enough to remember. 

Think like an optimist.

Optimists see setbacks as “temporary, local and changeable”.  This phrase appeals to me far more than related clichés: Think positive, Don’t sweat the small stuff, This too shall pass and I dare say: Keep calm and carry on.

Fight back.

Negative and disparaging thoughts will come so it’s important to know that one can and should fight back. Block them. Challenge their validity. Search for a different/positive perspective.

Be grateful and generous.

Find the good and be thankful.

I’m not so sure this would work but I’m willing to give this a go. I love that the strategies are action-oriented, concrete vs. abstract.

I wonder, is resilience context-specific and how can it be made transferrable?

 

About @malynmawby

a learner called to teach
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