The concept of how to build resilience is now "popping." That is the word I am getting from around the country! Evidence for this "pop" includes several national publications devoting entire issues to the topic of building resilience or fostering resiliency (these terms are essentially synonymous).
Educational Leadership, the premier journal for hundreds of thousands of educators, devoted its entire September issue to "Resilience & Learning." Read on...to access articles explaining Maya Angelou's thoughts on the topic and the "significance of GRIT" and resiliency, as well as my most recent article, "Havens of Resilience: Schools..."
Mayou Angelou discusses "How does resilience develop and how can we instill it in others?" and Angela Lee Duckworth explains "The Significance of Grit"
Maya Angelou's comments on resilience in "Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou" published in the September issue of Educational Leadership are totally congruent with the growing body of social science research investigating how resiliency develops. A noted writer, philosopher, and human rights advocate, she embodies resiliency, having overcome a "difficult" childhood and other daunting obstacles including poverty and racial prejudice. Here are some of her observations from the Educational Leadership article:
- "If we have someone who loves us...enough to be on our side--then it's easier to grow resilience."
- Resilience and dignity are inextricably entwined..."Dignity means what I have to say is important."
- Dignity also means "I deserve the best treatment I can receive...and I have the responsibility to give the best treatment I can to other people."
- Resilience *is* universal, "if children are given the chance to believe they're worth something...if they truly believe that."
- "Resilience is also about bouncing forward, going beyond what the naysayers said, saying, 'No it's not true that I'm nobody. I know that not only is that not true, but I'm more than you can imagine!'"
- Teachers need to "teach because it's your calling...[and] handle both the child and the information with care...and maybe with prayer."
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH MAYOU ANGELOU ABOUT RESILIENCE
Angela Lee Duckworth has been conducting "groundbreaking studies on grit" at the University of Pennsylvania for the past 11 years. In the interview with her published in Educational Leadership, she discusses the connection between grit and resilience.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
- "Grit is related to resilience because part of what it means to be gritty is to be resilient in the face of failure or adversity."
- A key to having grit is to have "consistent interests--focused passions--over a long time."
- In our research "grit [is] the best predictor of which" students will stick with it, even through difficulty.
- A surprising finding: "Grit and talent either aren't related at all or are actually inversely related." Grit is about "trying to maximize your outcomes" in whatever you choose to do. Asking, "How can I get the most out of my day?"
- "Children who have a growth mind-set tend to be grittier: The attitude, 'I can get better if I try harder' [makes] a tenacious, determined, hard-working person."
- Scientific evidence of brain plasticity shows "people's brains change with experience," which means "communicating to students information about deliberate practice."
- "Standardized tests, although they serve an important function, are limited in their ability to pick up things like grit and self-control...[and] gratitude, honesty, generosity, empathy...social intelligence, tact, charisma."
- There is now "a pendulum swing away from the single-minded focus on standardized testing and toward a broader view of the whole child."
- "There is [now] interest in developing traits like resilience and grit across K-12 education. Some of the schools that have the most freedom to work on this are making the most headway."
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW ABOUT GRIT AND RESILIENCE
CLICK HERE TO READ ALL THE FREE ARTICLES ON RESILIENCE AND LEARNING FROM THE SEPT. ISSUE OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
MY TAKE AWAY FROM THESE ARTICLES:
Angela Mayou's comments again reiterate the resiliency research finding that the most powerful resiliency builder is even one person who offers "genuine caring and support"...someone who becomes "an alternative, believing mirror" who communicates "I see what is right about you." In other words, communicates "dignity."
Angela Lee Duckworth affirms the resiliency research about the importance of identifying and developing one's life passions. That passion fuels the resilience trait of grit. As I often tell educators, "Find what a child is passionate about. Then tie everything you do to that child's passion!"
Schools as "Havens of Resilience" -- highlights from my article in the Sept. issue of Educational Leadership
"I am alive and thriving because of the resilience-building power of schools...[When I was a child] school was my haven, my solace, the alternative universe I stepped into most days with relief. School counteracted the trauma of the rest of my life."
This is how I begin my article on schools as "havens of resilience."
The most important message of the article: "Research shows that schools are filled with the conditions that promote resilience." Why? Because they are filled with the protective factors that facilitate children and youth overcoming whatever trauma or tragedy they bring to their schools.
In addition, "by claiming their roles as agents of protective factors, educators (and all caring adults in schools) can create schools that are havens in which resilience can flourish. Such schools boost the success of all students..."
CLICK HERE TO READ MY ENTIRE ARTICLE, "Havens of Resilience: Schools are natural environments for helping all children cultivate the resilience that resides within them"
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