The Centre’s contact with schools on confidence and well-being has forcefully brought home the fact that overprotection of young people is undermining their resilience. We passionately believe if teachers and others working with young people understand resilience and how it is formed they will make a substantial contribution to young people’s well-being.
What was the workshop about?
This workshop offered practical strategies to classroom teachers and others on how to help all children and young people cope with the complexity of their everyday lives and learn to ‘bounce back’ when they experience sadness, difficulties, frustrations, failures and hard times. Resilience skills are particularly important to young people these days as increasing numbers of young people struggle through school and life with social and emotional needs that greatly challenge schools and social services.
This practical one day workshop offered an introduction to:
• Whole school and whole class strategies on building pro-social, value-based school cultures.
• Ways to integrate the teaching of resilient skills into the Primary 1 to Second Year curriculum.
• Classroom topics on pupil well-being and resilience that also meet curriculum outcomes.
• Ideas on how to adopt a literature-based approach to teaching resilience
• Engaging classroom activities based on Cooperative Learning techniques.
Dr Toni Noble is a former teacher, a chartered psychologist and is currently a Senior University Lecturer in Education and Psychology. She is co-author of the BOUNCE BACK! Classroom Resiliency Program which is being used by hundreds of teachers in Australia and has received the 2003 Robin Winkler Award for Applied Community Psychology from the Australian Psychological Society. Dr Noble is also co-author of Bullying Solutions, Evidence-based approaches to bullying in schools, the Eight Ways At Once Series, a second edition of the popular Seven Ways At Once Series (Book 1, 2 & 3) and the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and Different Kids, Same Classroom on mixed ability teaching.
For comments from our previous Bounce Back workshop click here