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Resilience And School Curriculum

On 26 August 2010 by admin

Kathy Walker, Early Life Foundations

Kathy WalkerTHE term resilience refers to the ability to bounce back, to try again. It is a term used often these days in reference to helping children to acquire skills in giving things a go, taking risks, developing skills in adapting to new situations, dealing with disappointments and to continuing to try rather than give up.

Resilience has become popular with many schools and there are several programs that provide opportunities for children to learn about and practise the skills of resiliency. Phrases such as “bounce back, you can do it” are used within these programs.

It is interesting to reflect upon the notion of, and development of, resilience. Resiliency involves a set of skills and strategies, attitudes and perspectives that are more easily acquired through daily practice and experience than simply having a program or lesson at school. In fact, there is some belief that for very young children in their early primary years there is limited advantage in undertaking a resilience program. Rather, resiliency is best acquired through ordinary experiences.

The family home, the playground and the classroom provide daily experiences where children learn about their feelings, responses to others, not always having what they want, knowing how to work alongside others (even if you don’t always like everyone) and how to respond to disappointments such as, “she doesn’t want to be my friend any more”.

The reality in life is that there will always be times of challenge, disappointment, anger, frustration, sadness. There will be things we can do easily and things that are difficult to achieve. Learning how to deal with these experiences, and understanding that sometimes some things are not fixable, is an important part of life.

Read more: http://earlylife.com.au/info/node/214