Though the pandemic has presented many unique challenges, it is not the only obstacle that our students will face. Students need resilience strategies to address personal adversity (like injuries and mistakes) and societal challenges (like lack of equity and inclusion). Each lesson in this series includes research-based resources that students can apply to all aspects of their life. Educators and students will learn strategies to become a leader that positively influences change in their classrooms, teams, and communities. This series is designed for middle and high school-aged youth.
This curriculum features four lessons:
- Stress Management and Mental Health
- Overcoming Obstacles with a Growth Mindset
- Creating an Inclusive Culture
- Taking Ownership of Your Actions, Decisions, and Mistakes
What’s included in each lesson:
- Facilitator Guide – Lesson Script and Facilitator Tips
- Student Workbook – Includes Optimal Performance Assessments and Excellence with Integrity tools
- Each lesson is designed to last approximately 60 minutes. However, each lesson could easily be broken into shorter segments for use in a homeroom or advisory period or extended for longer sessions. Facilitator notes found throughout the lesson often describe ways to modify the lesson for time.
- Each lesson could be adapted for in-person or online delivery.
- Lessons can be delivered in any order.
- Student Guides are included so that participants can easily follow along with the lesson and complete each activity. Handouts are fillable PDF documents, which can be typed in, saved, and attached to e-mails. You can also print the handouts if you prefer hard copies.
- Designed for middle and high school-aged youth.
Stress Management and Mental Health
To be resilient, we must manage our stress. Stress management helps us overcome challenges and adversity and pursue our individual and team goals.
Students will learn how to support their mental health by:
- understanding the difference between good stress and distress
- developing a stress management plan that helps them recognize their stress, choose the right mindset, take the right actions, and evaluate the outcome of their stress management.
CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Self-Management
Six Pillar Alignment: Responsibility
Overcoming Obstacles with a Growth Mindset
Learning from mistakes and failure, overcoming obstacles, and moving beyond challenges can separate successful individuals from those who don’t achieve their full potential.
Students will learn how to identify what is and is not within their control. Additionally, students will identify how to learn from their experiences and use that knowledge to improve.
CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Responsible Decision-Making
Six Pillar Alignment: Trustworthiness
Creating an Inclusive Culture
Inclusive cultures are resilient cultures because there is strength in unity and togetherness.
Inclusion is reflected in behaviors that welcome and embrace diversity and ensues when compassion, courage, and a sense of community are intentionally pursued through communication.
Students will define what inclusion looks like in their life (as part of a team, classroom, or at school) and learn strategies to:
- seek to understand and be understood
- provide feedback that is honest and fair
- receive feedback without shame, blame, or the need to explain.
CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Self-Awareness
Six Pillar Alignment: Responsibility
Taking Ownership of Actions, Decisions, and Mistakes
Resilient individuals are able to overcome errors, make difficult decisions, and take ownership of their actions, regardless of the outcome.
Students will learn how to make good decisions, reflect on past choices, and acknowledge when a mistake is made.
CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Social Awareness, Relationship Skills
Six Pillar Alignment: Respect, Caring, Fairness