Resilience Education

This book examines how young people who struggle with life’s worst conditions somehow manage to overcome adversity, identifying significant factors that contribute to their resilience. The book presents information and decision making skills students need to make good decisions in the face of adversity; learning strategies and teaching techniques that facilitate student acquisition of good decision making skills; vignettes and specific examples of what a resilient youth looks like; real-world portraits of school communities that support resilience; and specific guidelines for creating conditions for resilience in the classroom. There are nine chapters in two parts. Part 1, “Supporting Evidence for Resilience,” includes: (1) “The Limitations of a Risk Orientation”; (2)”Understanding the Human Capacity for Healthy Adaptation”; and (3) “Applying a Resilience Approach to Education.” Part 2, “The PORT-able Approach to Resilience Education,” includes: (4) “Educating through Participation, Observation, Reflection, and Transformation”; (5) “Participation: Authentic, Active Engagement”; (6) “Observation: Noting Your Experience”; (7) “Reflection: Interpreting Your Experience”; (8) “Transformation: Being Aware of and Responsible for Change”; and (9) “Bringing It All Together.” (Contains 108 references.) (SM)


Better Learning Through Structured Teaching

All teachers want their students to become independent learners, but even motivated students are reluctant to take responsibility for their own learning. So what every teacher needs is this book’s tried-and-true method for gradually enabling students to take on more of the “work” of classroom learning. Two experienced teachers describe a purposeful classroom structure that relies on four phases: (1) Focus lessons that establish a purpose for learning and model the way you want students to work; (2) Guided instruction with small groups; (3) Collaborative learning that uses discussion and negotiation to create independent work; and (4) Independent work that draws on students’ prior knowledge. Included with the description of each phase are lots of practical strategies that help teachers use this approach, plus tips on how to differentiate instruction, make effective use of class time, and plan backwards from learning objectives.