Following Bounce Forward’s first blog for Whole Education on ‘what is resilience’, WE asked them to share top tips for nurturing students’ resilience.
School is not just about exams, it’s about our responsibility to prepare students with the skills they need to get through tough times, make the most of opportunities, and thrive in life.
This is easier said than done, but we know that building resilience works. Numerous studies have proven that nurturing resilience in students leads to a plethora of positive outcomes. Here is how you can do it:
Top tips for nurturing students’ resilience
Let them solve their problems
You can’t (and shouldn’t) fix problems for students, but you can give them the skills to come up with their solutions. It’s often our natural response to fix problems for others. As tempting as it is, solving problems for students won’t help them in the long run. Teaching them the skills of resilience and supporting them as they carry out their solutions is much more effective.
Encourage them to think about their thinking
One of the challenges with our thinking is that it’s not always accurate and sometimes we make unhelpful leaps that make us want to give up or jump to unhelpful conclusions. For example, fail in one test and leap to “I’m stupid”. Or not get invited to join a Whatsapp group and leap to “Everybody is so mean”.
To overcome this, encourage flexible and accurate thinking by encouraging students to:
- Seek the perspective of others
- Imagine the opposite of what they think and look for the evidence to support that view
- Think of one reason why their thinking might be wrong
- Tune into the way they are thinking in small everyday situations (when things go well and when things don’t go so well) – keep a journal
- Pay attention to the good things that happen
Paying attention to the way we think helps develop an awareness of any habits of thinking and understanding that people think differently even in the same situation.
Let them see you struggle
Students watch and model teacher’s behaviour. If we never show that we get things wrong, make mistakes, and struggle on regardless, then we are giving them a false sense of the world. Failure is almost certainly going to happen and a learning opportunity. Let them see you try something new or something you are not comfortable doing and how you deal with it. Use small everyday examples to show how you deal with setbacks, learn from failure to get better, and bounce forward.
Whole Education’s strategic partner, Bounce Forward:
Bounce Forward is passionate about developing teachers’ and students’ resilience skills so they can thrive in school and life beyond. The charity has trained over 11,000 teachers across 1,000 schools with an evidence-based approach to teaching resilience. Their training and curricula are developed by specialists in positive psychology, practical for schools to implement, and has enriched over 500,000 young people’s lives in numerous ways.
Essential Resilience for Teachers 1-day Training Course
As a Whole Education school, you will receive a 20% discount, use code: ‘WholeEd20’. The training day provides a thorough introduction to resilience and is the first step towards creating a thriving environment for teachers and students. Teachers will develop their resilience, discover techniques for nurturing resilient students, and learn how to guide the school’s approach to health education.
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