It is defined as the ability to overcome difficulties and challenges. These difficulties incorporate a range of daily situations in Early Years, such as following rules, showing empathy, persevering with a skill, understanding that it is ok to make mistakes. Throughout our learning in TBS Warsaw, the children are building their resilience daily. Resilience develops when there is a feeling of support, respect and value.
21st century skills are widely used in education today and are defined as essential to the future generation (Trilling and Fadel, 2009; Robinson and Aronica, 2016). These skills focus on the four Cs: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. One key factor underpins these four Cs: resilience. Resilience is a lifelong skill required, fostered and developed from birth.
Resilience is evident from the youngest years of learning to talk, or when taking those first steps to walk; a child does not give up learning to walk if they fall down time and time again, they bounce back and try again. They display resilience and perseverance. It is crucial that the resilience we develop as a child becomes our attitude as an adult, modelling perseverance, determination, intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm. Throughout life we encounter setbacks in a range of situations, but we learn to accept these and plan how to continue to develop further. This is displaying our intrinsic resilience.
What does resilience look like in our school?
At TBS Warsaw we create an environment which enables students to make mistakes, try again, think outside the box, face challenges and difficult situations. Children would not attempt new things if there were not positive relationships and a feeling of security in their environment. This begins from pre-nursery through to our IB years and beyond. When children fall during play, they bounce back up and continue with the task in hand. When a student writes an essay for the first time, they take feedback on board and make improvements.
Resilience develops over time. It is important for children to have space, creativity, self-directed and exploratory play to develop this. When a child chooses their own adventures, they are comfortable to make mistakes and find solutions in their play. This ensures confidence building which unlocks the key to resilience. We allow students at all ages to encounter challenges in the school day, enabling them to explore, discover, create, collaborate, communicate and think critically, all the while fostering and developing resilience. It is crucial that we allow this to develop in our Early Years to ensure our students are equipped for their futures.
The students in TBS Warsaw are always developing their resilience and with continued support and encouragement from school and home, they will continue this so that it becomes an intrinsic habit.
Early Years Learning Leader
Reception Class Teacher