Resilience – A Necessary Part of Personal Success

October 10th is World Mental Health Day (sponsored by the World Health Organization – WHO). What a great day to talk about RESILIENCE and its importance in providing students with a pathway to success.

When I went through teacher training I learned about a number things like lesson construction, effective assessments and curriculum content. We didn’t spend a lot of time learning about student resilience — in fact, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even mentioned. And that’s probably because it wasn’t a concept being discussed among educators 30 years ago. I doubt that you could find one that incorporated it into the recipe for student success.

Resilience: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; personal toughness or the ability to bounce back.

What I’ve discovered over my career is that a student’s success is intimately linked to their ability to withstand disappointment, failure or setbacks. Their resilience is a critical part of their success story.

Oct 5th is World Teachers’ Day – Kindness Is What It’s All About

Think back to your K-12 school experience.  Now, I want you to recall a specific example of a kindness given to you by a teacher in the building – something that resonated with you.  I bet you can think of something and someone immediately — and I bet that you remember that person’s name. Teachers have those interactions with students every single day.

Fiddler on the Roof

A teacher from my past that comes to mind was Ms. Bell — my Grade 10 English teacher. I had just moved from Toronto to Calgary and I didn’t know a soul.  As I am not typically the most outgoing of personalities I must have looked like a deer in headlights.  Ms. Bell took me aside one day and told me that I was to come to rehearsal next week for the school musical – Fiddler on the Roof.  She wanted me in the chorus.  She had no idea if could sing – heck, I barely even talked in class. 

And for your information … yes, I can sing.  In fact, I sing in many keys all at once.  I consider it a rare talent.

Mondays are Better Than Thursdays — Who Knew?

There was a time when I wished 2/7 of my life away — another 3/7 that was just so-so — and only 2/7 that I was really excited about.

  • Wishing Away 2/7: Sunday / Monday – Uggh. Alarm clocks & meetings again.
  • The so-so 3/7: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday – Nothing awful, but also nothing fantastic either. The middle-of-the-road kinda days.
  • The Exciting 2/7 : Friday / Saturday – Living for the weekend