Provide students with a strong social and emotional foundation
Fostering resiliency in young students provides them with the social and academic competencies they’ll need to be successful in middle school, high school, and beyond. The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, understand the importance of education, deal with stress, and communicate feelings are critical assets for the 21st century student.
ScholarCentric’s Elementary Resiliency Assessment for grades 3-5 evaluates students’ competencies in seven areas of resiliency that have been proven to impact academic achievement. The assessment contributes critical data to form a more complete picture of the whole student. Using the data, educators can implement interventions that truly target the social and emotional skills students need to develop in order to improve academic performance, attendance, and behavior for years to come.
Teaching resiliency doesn’t have to be done in a designated curriculum period. Rather it can be woven throughout the core curriculum and school day. Here are a few strategies to implement in your classroom.
Involve students in evaluating their own work and setting goals. Provide students with not only a grade but also constructive feedback so they can understand how they performed compared to expectations. Work with students to develop a plan to help them improve the quality of their work. Ask questions such as, “What was easiest about this assignment for you? What was most difficult?” and “What could you do differently next time?”.
Encourage collaboration. Working collaboratively helps students develop relationships and learn from others. Connectedness is an important aspect of academic success but it requires practice and encouragement. Collaboration also encourages sharing, giving and receiving help, and listening to others.
Enroll students in problem solving. Disagreements and disputes are inevitable in the classroom. Use classroom meetings to involve students in solving their own problems. This strategy empowers students to think creatively, builds initiative, and requires students to consider others’ feelings and perspectives. Involving students in setting classroom rules, also helps them to develop responsibility for their own behavior.
Give students the opportunity to make choices. Simple choices like which book to read or what topic to write about encourages students’ intrinsic motivation and helps them take ownership of their education.
Create a community environment. Provide students with opportunities to share stories, events, accomplishments, disappointments, and concerns. Model this behavior by sharing your own stories, particularly stories in which you overcame a challenge. Encourage students to offer one another encourage and advice.