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Resilience. Frieman, B. (2001) What Teachers Need to Know about Children Children at Risk. McGraw Hill (Chapter 2 key ideas). Personal Characteristics of Resilient Children What are the qualities that allow children to be resilient to life’s Stresses? Are problem solvers

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Resilience

Frieman, B. (2001)

What Teachers Need to Know about Children Children at Risk.

McGraw Hill (Chapter 2 key ideas)

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Personal Characteristics of Resilient Children

  • What are the qualities that allow children to be resilient to life’s
  • Stresses?
  • Are problem solvers
  • Can gain the positive attention of others
  • Have an optimistic view of life
  • Feel independent
  • Seek novel experiences
  • Approach life from a proactive perspective
  • Feel they can control their environment
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Are able to empathize with others
  • Have effective problem solving skills and coping strategies
  • (Frieman,p. 11)
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Family Characteristics of Resilient Children

  • What family qualities will promote resilience?
  • Parents who are competent, loving and patient,
  • A good relationship with at least one parental figure
  • An array of alternative caretakers who step in when the parent is absent
  • Little separation from the primary caretaker during the first year of life,
  • A network of friends
  • (Frieman p.11)
  • And others who step up to mentor and guide:
  • Teachers, counselors, coaches, clergy, mental health workers and neighbors.
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Promoting Resilience

  • Role Models:
  • “We teach by what we do.”
  • What do you do when you mess up?
  • Helping Behavior:
  • What does Helping Behavior Look Like?
  • Trustworthy, dependable, consistent –yourself even if you slip up.
  • Attuned to your own feelings.
  • Warmth, care and respect towards children
  • Encourage them to be independent
  • Take on perspective of child
  • Accept students with all that they bring
  • Positive Classroom
  • What does a classroom that promotes resilience look like?
  • Expectations for learning- push to work at highest potential
  • Psychologically safe atmosphere-team work- seek help, collaborate
  • A community that encourages children to take initiative
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Problem Solving

  • “Problem Solving is a Learned Skill”
  • How can we intervene and teach problem solving?
  • Help students remember previous successful experience problem solving
  • Look at alternative solutions with advantages and disadvantages
  • If choice does not work-try another alternative
  • Books to teach problem solving
  • Draw, write, talk about alternatives characters face in solving their problems
  • Mutual Story telling. Teacher starts a story with a problem- children make up alternative endings- an ending where the children are powerful and solve the problem