Teaching Resilience at Tower School

Russ Wells, Science and Health Teacher at Tower School identifies the importance of resilience to the character development of our students. He shares one way that Tower School’s teachers encourage students to develop resiliency, and offers tips for helping family members begin the conversation at home.

Resilience means to work through hardship in such a way that one comes through “no worse for the wear” or better off for the experience.  It is a quality of character that allows one to rebound from sorrow, adversity, and trauma. The Finnish term “sisu” meaning tenacity of purpose and acting rationally in the face of adversity can best describe resilience.

Over the years, the Tower community has worked to teach this admirable way of being. Students are asked if they have ever noticed that some people seem to adapt quickly to stressful circumstances and take things in stride. Through this conversation, students start to become aware that some people are cool under pressure and are able to handle problems as they come up. Recent research shows that much of our resilience comes from community and the relationships that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it.

Consider sharing the following tips with your family to help them build their resiliency:

  • Think of change and challenges as a normal part of life and as learning opportunities. See setbacks and problems as temporary and solvable.
  • Be optimistic and proactive. Believe that you can succeed if you keep working toward your goals. Take steps to solve problems as they come up.
  • Build meaningful relationships and be reliable with family and friends. Learn to rely on trusted ones around and ask for help.
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