Instilling Resilient Mindsets Within Students


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What is This Course About?

❓ Have you ever encountered a problem that seemed so difficult or daunting that you felt like giving up?
❓ Are there factors in your life that impact how you perform at work or react in stressful situations?
❓ How many of your students lack resilience in the classroom?

This course will address these issues and highlight the underlying factors contributing to academic resilience and lack thereof. This course will provide you with strategies for improving resilience in the classroom.

Who is This Course For?

Educators at any level who wish to equip themselves with strategies for improving academic resilience within their students.

Why is This Course Important?

Due to the global pandemic, students have been out of a traditional school setting for almost two years. They have been drastically impacted by this lack of "normal" schooling, showing weakness in many areas, including content knowledge, emotional security, and academic resilience. This course aims to improve the latter point by providing educators with strategies and tools for themselves and their students to enhance this resilience in the classroom.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define academic resilience and connect it to previous and current practice.
  • Describe factors that influence academic resilience.
  • Define and describe boosters and guzzlers.
  • Utilize methods and strategies for improving academic resilience among students.

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page. 

Unit 1: What is Academic Resilience?

1. Participants will participate in an anonymous poll related to their academic resilience.

2. Participants will define academic resilience.

3. Participants will reflect on their academic resilience and identify factors that impact resilience through group discussion.

Unit 2: Boosters and Guzzlers

1. Participants will define "boosters" and "guzzlers."

2. Participants will identify potential boosters and guzzlers.

3. Participants will connect the idea of boosters and guzzlers to external factors from Unit 1.

4. Participants will consider the importance of educator influence on boosters and guzzlers.

Unit 3: Strategies for Improving Academic Resilience

1. Participants will research and discover strategies to improve academic resilience among students.

2. Participants will categorize strategies to suit specific boosters and guzzlers.

3. Participants will determine methods of implementation for these strategies in practice.

Unit 4: Mock Roster Application

1. Participants will apply their overall understanding of course objectives to a mock roster of students.

References and Resources

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