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Building Resiliency


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No one emerges at the top. In reality, the most successful individuals have a long list of failures that led to their accomplishments. Yet many gifted children expect to “get the right answer” on their first attempt and once faced with truly challenging situations, give up before trying. This session provides strategies for supporting gifted youth as they engage in the struggles that lead to meaningful SUCCESS.

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Building Resiliency

  1. 1. Building Resiliency
  2. 2. &
  3. 3. The Year of… GREAT EXPECTATIONS
  4. 4. 3rd
  5. 5. In 2015 the ACHA surveyed over 93,000 college students. Nearly 1/2 reported that academics had been very difficult to handle.
  6. 6. lthough there are many possible explanations for why one could fail, effort and ability are the most likely causes that students report. – Good & Brophy A
  7. 7. Teacher Rating of Students Student Self-Rating R2 = .52 Quality of Work Ability R2 = .11 Quality of Work Effort (Siegle & McCoach) R2 = .66 Quality of Work Ability R2 = .63 Quality of Work Effort
  8. 8. Ascending Intellectual Demand
  9. 9. Stay in the Struggle
  10. 10. I have not failed 1000 times… -Thomas Edison
  11. 11. I have not failed 1000 times… I have successfully discovered 1000 ways to NOT make a light bulb. -Thomas Edison
  12. 12. ITERATE
  13. 13. Learn contingency planning…
  14. 14. Overcome adversity.
  15. 15. Take responsibility for their actions…
  16. 16. The Year of… GREATER EXPECTATIONS
  17. 17. 4th
  18. 18. False praise can be as harmful as no praise!
  19. 19. Don’t you think if I were wrong, I’d KNOW it?
  20. 20. Lack of Honest Self-Appraisal Skills
  21. 21. Diminishes Value of Authentic Praise
  22. 22. S TO W Helpful to achieving the objective Harmful to achieving the objective Internal Origin Attributes of the Individual Strengths Weaknesses External Origin Attributes of the Environment Opportunities Threats SWOT Analysis
  23. 23. Strengths What unique skills do I have? What do I do well? When do others ask for my help? What experiences have I had that will help me as I move forward? © Angela Housand, 2013
  24. 24. Weaknesses What areas do I need to improve? What do others view as my weakness or area for improvement? What is something I would like to change? © Angela Housand, 2013
  25. 25. Opportunities What opportunities exist that I have not tried? How can I use my strengths to create opportunities for myself? Who do I know that can help me? © Angela Housand, 2013
  26. 26. Threats What could hinder my success? What are potential problems I could encounter? What are the challenges I face? What are the restrictions in my life (time, money, vehicle, access to computer or the Internet, etc.)? © Angela Housand, 2013
  27. 27. What is YOUR definition of success?
  28. 28. At some point over the past 12 months: Hopeless Overwhelmed Exhausted Very Sad Overwhelming Anxiety 0.0 25.0 50.0 75.0 100.0 56.9% 63.9% 81.7% 85.6% 47.7%
  30. 30. 5th
  31. 31. Critical Internal Voice
  32. 32. Fear of Failure Goal Achievement Opportunities
  33. 33. “Fear of Failure” Signs: • Worry what others will think • Attempt to lower expectations • Physical symptoms • Procrastination
  34. 34. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you fail by default. J.K. Rowling
  35. 35. Influence2016… 2015… 2014… 2013… 2012…
  36. 36. Influence Most important event in your life for each year 2016… 2015… 2014… 2013… 2012…
  37. 37. Influence Percentage of control you had over each event 2016… 2015… 2014… 2013… 2012…
  38. 38. Influence Did you have more control than you thought? Young people may feel that external forces control their lives.
  39. 39. Self-Determination Relatedness Autonomy Competence
  40. 40. The Year of… A NEW HOPE
  41. 41. 6th
  42. 42. Risk Taking
  43. 43. Increased Sense of Control
  44. 44. 5 Categories of Risk Intellectual Social Emotional Physical Spiritual (Neihart, 1999)
  45. 45. Resilience
  46. 46. The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. -Michelangelo