November 2, 2015
What does resilience mean and why is it so important?
Resilience has been defined as the “capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” In addition, I would like to add the ability to problem solve as part of this skill.
Our children live in a complex world filled with ugly headlines, over-scheduled lives; and in general, pressure to perform and compete at high levels. For children who learn differently, the need for resilience is even more important. It is essential that our students understand and embrace their strengths as well as their weaknesses and can advocate for themselves. Many highly successful and accomplished people have overcome learning challenges. (add link) There is a saying that I believe: pessimists see opportunities as challenges and optimists see challenges as opportunities. Let’s work on creating those opportunities for our students to rise above and beyond through resilience; stamina; fortitude; grit.
For more information regarding fostering resilience in our children, please go to the following link: https//www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building Resilience-in-Children.aspx. I think you will enjoy the article describing the ‘seven C’s of developing resilience in our students.