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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
NCTSN.org 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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