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Building Resilient Students
Integrating Resiliency Into What You Already Know and Do

Foreword by Nan Henderson



June 2002 | 224 pages | Corwin

 "At a time when student testing is at an all-time high, Kate Thomsen reminds us that as educators we are in the human potential business. This user-friendly book provides an overview of key educational trends, so teachers can easily incorporate the best of what works."
Rob Bocchino, Co-founder
Heart of Change; Change of Heart Associates
Author, Emotional Literacy

"Kate Thomsen's book is a must-read for every educator. She has synthesized the wisdom from educational megatrends of the past decades and shows us how to foster healthier, safer, and more resilient student by integrating these major learnings into what we already do. I love this book!"
Beverly Title, Co-founder
Teaching Peace
Hygiene, CO 

Create a nurturing, supportive environment where students can nurture their own resiliency!

What makes one student overcome obstacles, while another cannot seem to cope? What makes one student rise above difficult circumstances, while another flounders? Identifying the attributes of the resilient student is the first step in building resiliency in all of your students. This resource provides busy teachers with practical, concrete applications and activities for reframing the actions of even the most at-risk students, changing the focus from problems to solutions, from deficits to strengths.

Building Resilient Students connects resiliency to five major educational megatrends—character education, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, service learning, and violence prevention—and gives educators proven strategies for incorporating the "resiliency attitude" into everyday classroom experiences.

Thomsen identifies a myriad of easy, yet innovative applications through six resiliency-building strategies:

  • Care and support through meaningful relationships
  • Opportunities to participate and contribute in meaningful ways
  • High expectations, knowing that others believe they can be successful
  • Pro-social bonding through positive connections with peers and adults
  • Clear boundaries and expectations that are fair and consistent
  • Life skills such as decision making, effective communication, and stress and conflict management

There are seeds of resiliency in all of us. We can nurture those seeds in all students, giving them the life skills they need to become competent, healthy adults.


Nan Henderson
Foreword
 
Preface
Who Is Responsible for Building Resilience in Students?  
Using Resiliency Theory Is Good Educational Practice  
Validating the Art of Teaching and Common Sense  
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Author
 
1. Resiliency: The Basics
Nan Henderson and the Resiliency Attitude  
Enter Henderson and Milstein's Resiliency Wheel  
Foundations of Resiliency  
Overview of Benard's Model  
Overview of the Wolins' Model  
The Challenge Model as It Relates to Brief, Solution-Oriented Therapy  
Overview of Asset Building  
Summary  
 
2. Character Education and Building Resilience
Character Education Lost  
What Is Character Education?  
Working the Wheel  
Summary  
 
3. Multiple Intelligences Theory and Building Resilience
Multiple Intelligences and Resiliency  
Introduction to Multiple-Intelligences Theory  
The Eight Intelligences  
How an Intelligence Develops  
Putting Multiple Intelligences to Use  
How Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences Interrelate  
Working the Wheel  
Summary  
 
4. Emotional Intelligence and Building Resilience
Emotion Is the Key  
Emotional Intelligence Theory  
The Physiology of Emotions  
Putting Emotional Intelligence Theory Into Use  
Working the Wheel  
Summary  
 
5. Service Learning and Building Resilience
Origins of the Concept of Service Learning  
Confusion Surrounding Service Learning  
Your Goals Drive Your Service Learning  
Continuum of Service Learning  
Service Learning and Building Resilience  
Working the Wheel  
Summary  
 
6. Violence Prevention and Building Resilience
Understanding Low-Level Violence  
Working the Wheel  
Summary  
 
Conclusion
 
Resource A: Checklist for Assessing Students' Multiple Intelligences
 
Resource B: True Colors Word Sort
 
Resource C: Additional Resources
 
References
 
Index

 "At a time when student testing is at an all-time high, Kate Thomsen reminds us that as educators we are in the human potential business. This user-friendly book provides an overview of key educational trends, so teachers can easily incorporate the best of what works."

Rob Bocchino, Co-founder
Heart of Change; Change of Heart Associates

"Kate Thomsen’s book is a must-read for every educator. She has synthesized the wisdom from educational megatrends of the past decades and shows us how to foster healthier, safer, and more resilient students by integrating these major learnings into what we already do. I love this book!" 

Beverly Title, Co-founder
Teaching Peace
Key features
  • Contains diagrams, visuals, and charts.
  • Synthesizes a wide range of popular educational trends, organizing them under the umbrella theory of resiliency.
  • Readers of this book will be introduced to a wide range of educational concepts, creating an audience for books on EI, MI, brain-based learning, etc.

 

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Foreword by Nan Henderson, MSW

Preface


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