A post-lockdown repair kit
After what we hope will be the final lockdown many children will have become disconnected from their former patterns of learning.
Even the keenest are likely to have lost their edge of concentration while others will be feeling adrift and may appear unwilling to learn at all. Such signs of stress such as anxiety, recklessness, depression and self-doubt, are likely to show themselves, and learning for many will have become a challenge – their Resilience a casualty of lockdown.
We know from research that resilience is the foundation of emotional tolerance and that without resilience in one form or another, learning is impossible.
But research also shows that a resilient frame of mind can be nurtured and developed by engaging classroom cultures tended by thoughtful teachers. It takes time but the sooner it starts the sooner the benefits start to show, with often surprising quick wins.
Re-energising Your Learners’ Resilience is a simple-to-use online resource for teachers in any primary school anywhere.
The resource draws on ideas teachers have developed for building their students’ resilience. It offers every teacher rapid access to classroom-focused material that will help to re-energise, revive and develop students’ emotional learning behaviours.
A simple framework for a wide range of activity
Re-energising Your Learners’ Resilience addresses four aspects of Resilience in students. For each of those aspects, it offers four practical packages of ideas and activities; the packages focus in turn on four aspects of teaching practice.
This four-by-four framework is presented in a simple grid, illustrated below.
Clicking on one of the sixteen yellow cells will take you into the corresponding package: there you will find five activities to choose from. The pattern of the five activities is consistent across all sixteen packages, so you will quickly become familiar with the approach.
You can see a complete example of these packages by opening the preview near the end of this page.
The four aspects of Resilience are
- Dealing with being stuck
- Managing distractions, ensuring continuing engagement with learning.
- Rising to challenge
- Working towards goals
Aspects of teaching and classroom culture are described as
- Things to give away: transferring responsibility for learning to students, offering them more control
- Things to say: using language that helps pupils understand learning as a process rather than a performance, and take more control of their own learning
- Things to do every day: examples of the kind of classroom routines and activities that will nurture resilient learners
- Things to display: the look and feel of a classroom, its walls and reward systems, that can serve to strengthen students’ resilience in learning.
Seven questions (and answers)
What do the resources look like?