Teaching Tenaciousness

Feelings and emotions, Motivation, Resilience, Tips & Tools

Every teacher has some students who seem eager to lean into challenges or take on new things – and other students who do the opposite. They seem pull away from taking risks and struggle to manage the frustrating feelings that naturally arise when learning new ideas or tasks. Growing the internal capacity to “lean into learning” helps students thrive in school. Here are some ideas:

  • Teach some brain science. Explain that the process of learning is hard brain work – and some people are more sensitive to the physical sensations of that kind of work. You are actually growing new
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Stubbornness is Perseverance in Disguise

Feelings and emotions, Motivation, Resilience, Tips & Tools

Can you remember a time your child insisted on continue to build something, or play or read – when you needed to go somewhere? Perseverance can be frustrating and inconvenient! When your child is sticking to something they want to do – even though you want/need to do something else it is challenging. Yet, the ability and desire to persist in the face of adversity (your request to do something else) is an important life skill which will benefit them in the future. Some children seem to be born with this kind of focus and determination, while others need more …

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Harnessing Hope

Connection and love, Feelings and emotions, Motivation, Resilience, Tips & Tools

Hope is the belief or feeling that something positive will happen. It is a positive, exciting sense of what is possible. In the day to day challenges that we face, it can be hard to hold onto hope, and hope can give us the energy to persevere and can offer a sense of purpose, calm and connection. Parents are children’s first hope builders. Your presence, connection, and attitude can help your child be more hopeful. Try some of these ideas to bring hope into your regular family practice.

  • Name hope. Share examples of when you feel hopeful about something.
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Raising Resilient Kids

Resilience, Tips & Tools

Sometimes as parents, we think it is our job to make our children’s lives easy by doing things for them, solving their problems and protecting them disappointment. The challenges or struggles that are children face are actually where they learn both the skills of problem solving and develop the internal sense that they are capable. Initially adults provide guidance, empathy, and support. Ultimately these experiences lead to them becoming resilient adults. Resilience, the ability to recover from or overcome adversity and challenge is something that we teach our children by modeling and allowing them to navigate the challenges without rescuing …

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Teachers Nurture Resilience

Resilience, Tips & Tools

Resilience is the ability to recover from adversity or challenges. As an educator, you know that some students are better at this than others. While some students seem to take failures in stride, others are so afraid of making a mistake or not being able to learn something, that they seem to give up or refuse  to try. The good news is that you can help your students grow their resilience.

  • Build relationships with your students. Get to know them and grow your ability to see the world through their eyes. Resilience, in part, results when children know they matter
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