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.
I found the following list of personal traits a while ago while internet surfing at currclick.com. The traits speak to the ‘human’ part of our existence:
It’s an impressive list — a list that speaks to some of the most important things we value about ourselves as compassionate and competent people — traits that we hope are imparted to our children. As a parent, I want my own children to have these traits — to be proficient in these characteristics so that as adults they can thrive and be happy in our increasingly fast-paced and, some would say, depersonalized world.
Take another look at the list — a closer look — but this time tell me which traits are actually assessed in schools by having all students take a standardized assessment or exam. I’ll wait — go back and take a look.
No … you didn’t go back and read them again … I’ll wait for you to finish.
If you couldn’t find a single trait that where all students are assessed in BC using a standardized assessment you’re correct … NONE OF THEM. Not ONE of these really important traits is evaluated using a provincial standardized assessment, or any standardized assessment for that matter.
Courage – Hard to Measure But Still an Important Life Skill