In addition to putting on the mental armor to better protect us from stressful challenges, there is the added benefit that we are preparing ourselves for educational success. These skills and the associated learning methods contribute to academic success. Educators play an important role in enhancing student and family engagement, not only in academic success, but in reinforcing positive coping skills to better deal with stress.

Resilience Instruction

The resilience instructional materials evolved from a university program and are written for a teen to adult audience. As such, if the instruction is followed, you should expect to see statistically significant gains in general resilience (RSES) test pre-learning to post learning in groups of ten or more adults. The content is consistent with recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) for suicide prevention. A substantial body of evidence-based research supports both resilience and effective learning. The resilience methods presented here model this research as do the methods for learning these skills. We refer to these resilience skills as positive-coping skill because our intent is to take a personal challenge and create a more positive and less stressful outcome. We title these skills Belief, Persistence, Strength, Trust, and Adaptability for our learning.

  • You, A Mentor of Resilience, Part 2 of 2. "How to” presentation to improve resilience and develop a social support system. Video »
  • Workbook: Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience. The first section of the workbook is organized as a series of resilience exercises that parallel recommendations by the World Health Organization for suicide prevention (Suicide, 2014) . The workbook can serve as a lesson plan allowing the five positive-coping skills to be worked as a single or as multiple sessions depending upon your time constraints. Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience PDF »
  • Suggestions to Teachers for Adapting Resilience Resources. You are the specialists for your learners and the following goals and objectives are intended to aid you in adjustment of the materials. Adapting Resilience Resources PDF »
  • Evaluating your instruction. Finally, should you want resources for evaluating your instruction, take a look at Diagnostics and Evaluation. More »

A STEM Approach to Resilience

Few would challenge the idea that technology is changing us. Technology has quickly and dramatically changed the way we work, socialize, and communicate. Can we also look to technology to enable us to better adapt to these rapid changes especially now that we are practicing social distancing to keep ourselves healthy? How might we look at this as educators? The preceding Resilience Instruction should be explored before this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) exercise examining the Internet of Things (IoT). Because of its educational focus, these exercises use the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. If not available, you can still complete all of the exercises using either a Macintosh or Windows computer -- see how to install Node-RED below.

  • Workbook: Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience. The second section of the workbook is STEM oriented. It is intended to optimize classroom time and transfer-of-learning by offering resilience in conjunction with a STEM exercise. The exercise explores resilience while learning about the Internet of Things (IoT) using visual programming (Node-RED). Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience PDF »
  • STEM, Resilience, and Raspberry Pi Setup, Part 1 of 3. Discover the positive coping resilience skills we use while doing a Raspberry Pi setup. And, discover how a technology system gives us insight on how to develop a social support system to deal with our challenges. Part one of three STEM exercises that explore resilience and social support from the perspective of the Raspberry Pi, Node-RED, and The Internet of Things (IoT). Video »
  • STEM, Resilience, MQTT, and Node-RED, Part 2 of 3. Video »
  • STEM, Resilience, Node-RED, and Internet of Things, Part 3 of 3. Video »
  • Don't have a Raspberry Pi? Installing Node-RED on Mac OS. Brief, simple Node-RED install for Mac OS. This is intended to supplement the Resilience and STEM series for those not using a Raspberry Pi, but instead using a Mac OS system. Video »
  • Don't have a Raspberry Pi? Installing Node-RED on Windows. Brief, simple Node-RED install for Windows 10. This is intended to supplement the Resilience and STEM series for those not using a Raspberry Pi, but instead using Windows operating system. Video »
  • GitHub Resource. GitHub is commonly used to host open-source projects allowing collaboration. GitHub: STEM-IoT-Resilience »

Resilience 'App'

A simple a web-based application that parallels the content of the five skill resilience quick reference, and further allows you to create your own resilience skills. The simple app permits exploration of a personal challenge using any of the skills. All data is stored locally on your computer or device.

  • Run it! More »
  • Download Resilience Application. Download the entire app and run it on your own device. Download, unzip, start your browser and Open the index.html file in the FiveSkillApp folder to run this on your browser. Additionally, the materials have been constructed as simple HTML and Javascript pages to permit easy editing and modification should you wish to alter this app for your instruction. Resilience App zip »

Gamification Resources

Gamified learning is an educational process of building in game elements to make learning more motivating and interesting. Our goal is to encourage social interaction and support using positive coping skills that foster resilience. More »

Resources for Teachers

Intended for teachers as a basic resource for student created videos and storytelling -- starting point to create your own works. Brief minute-long stick-figure animations of five resilience skills. Encourages reinterpretation of the resilience skills. Sequence is Learning to be Resilient, Belief, Persistence, Strength, Trust, and Adaptability. Videos »

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a resource for the public, professionals, and others who care about children and are concerned about child traumatic stress. Link »

American Psychological Association (APA)

Brief resilience guide, for parents and teachers, with focus on children. Link »

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