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Building Resiliency at Rutgers

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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 in school and in life.

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Building Resiliency at Rutgers

  1. 1. Building Resiliency Angela Housand angelahousand.com @housanda
  2. 2. resilience 1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. 2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. noun
  3. 3. “A child's greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become her basic level of real action.” Vygotsky
  4. 4. The Year of… GREAT EXPECTATIONS
  5. 5. 3rd
  6. 6. 95,000 college students surveyed
  7. 7. Over 1/2 reported Academics had been “very difficult to handle”
  8. 8. Overwhelmed Exhausted Extreme Anxiety 60.8% 82.6% 86%
  9. 9. BORED FRUSTRATED
  10. 10. Ascending Intellectual Demand Zone of Proximal Development
  11. 11. Stay in the Struggle
  12. 12. What is YOUR definition of success?
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FAILURE
  15. 15. The Year of… GREATER EXPECTATIONS
  16. 16. 4th
  17. 17. False praise can be as harmful as no praise!
  18. 18. Don’t you think if I were wrong, I’d KNOW it?
  19. 19. Lack of Honest Self-Appraisal Skills
  20. 20. MAINTAIN RIGOROUS STANDARDS
  21. 21. The Year of… EVEN GREATER EXPECTATIONS
  22. 22. 5th
  23. 23. I have not failed 1000 times… -Thomas Edison
  24. 24. I have not failed 1000 times… I have successfully discovered 1000 ways to NOT make a light bulb. -Thomas Edison
  25. 25. FAILURE isn’t a necessary evil. In FACT, it isn’t EVIL at all. It is a NECESSARY consequence of doing something NEW. - Ed Catmull
  26. 26. FAILEARLY FAILFAST
  27. 27. Fear of Failure Goal Achievement Opportunities
  28. 28. “Fear of Failure” Signs: • Worry what others will think • Attempt to lower expectations • Physical symptoms • Procrastination
  29. 29. Overcome adversity.
  30. 30. TEACH HEALTHY COPING
  31. 31. The Year of… A NEW HOPE
  32. 32. 6th
  33. 33. Risk Taking
  34. 34. Increased Sense of Control
  35. 35. 5 Categories of Risk Intellectual Social Emotional Physical Spiritual (Neihart, 1999)
  36. 36. ENCOURAGE RISK TAKING
  37. 37. Resilience
  38. 38. Upon returning to my school site after the summer break, I was informed that my gifted students… From the Email
  39. 39. …made the most growth that our school has ever seen for the 5th grade gifted population. From the Email
  40. 40. YOUR COMFORT ZONE
  41. 41. 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
  42. 42. Building Resiliency Angela Housand angelahousand.com @housanda

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