Building Resiliency Skills for Kids
This past year our students have been learning remotely in Goggle classrooms. Each morning, our second graders spend an hour focusing on their social-emotional needs. Our school has adopted the FranklinCovey’s K-12 Leader in Me (see www.TheLeaderInMe.org) curriculum so support students’ personal growth based on Stephen R. Covey’s The Leader in Me book. The seven habits that we focus on with a variety of reflective activities include:
- Be proactive by taking responsibility for personal choices and behaviors.
- Begin with the end in mind by setting goals.
- Put first things first by achieving the most important things first.
- Think win-win so that everyone can win.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood by learning to listen first and talk second.
- Synergize by having folks work together to achieve a better solution.
- Sharpen the saw to achieve balance in life.
Stress Reduction Strategies
Additionally, our students learn to overcome failure in various learning situations through stress reduction strategies. These may include:
- Learning to say positive messages to themselves when they feel they are failing or getting frustrated with a situation. Three videos that we use in class to overcome this negative mindset and help our students persevere include https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOaFwwLyTRo,
- Using basic relaxation strategies used in meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises
- Practicing effective visualization exercises to view how they may overcome challenges
- Writing a mantra or motto to say to themselves when they are feeling fearful or anxious about a situation
- Taking brain breaks to relax and refocus during a very challenging lesson or for essential breaks from remote learning
Much success as you explore and practice these resiliency skills at home with your children and families!
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