Practices Resilience

  • Characteristics

    • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles to reach their desired goals
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Positive to change
    • “Cognitive flexibility”
    • Adaptability
    • Capability in handling adversity

    Practical Application

    • Offer frequent opportunities to try new strategies and revisit challenging concepts
    • Recognize effort and growth over mastery
    • Offer choice and autonomy on projects and activities
    • Build in opportunities to raise awareness of individual strengths and areas for growth to demonstrate uniquenesses among individuals

    From ASCD Ed Leadership

    • provide them with authentic evidence of academic success (competence);
    • show them that they are valued members of a community (belonging);
    • reinforce feelings that they have made a real contribution to their community (usefulness);
    • and make them feel empowered (potency).


    Cherry, Kendra. "10 Ways to Improve Your Resilience." Very Well Mind, 2018.

    • "Resilience refers to how well you can deal with and bounce back from the difficulties of life. It can mean the difference between handling pressure and losing your cool. Resilient people tend to maintain a more positive outlook and cope with stress more effectively. Research has shown that while some people seem to come by resilience naturally, these behaviors can also be learned."

    McHugh, Andy. "Building Resilient Learners," Teaching and Learning Guru. 2016.

    Sagor, Richard. "Building Resilience in Students." ASCD Educational Leadership, 1996.