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SEL Focus: Teaching teens resilience and reflection

Teaching children resilience (Self-Management) and reflection (Self-Awareness) are the SEL topics for the second nine weeks.

According to the Resilience Research Centre led by Dr. Michael Ungar of Dalhousie University in Canada, teaching our youth resilience can be equated to the metaphor of a tree. Trees need things from their environment to grow healthy and strong just as our youth depend on their environment to develop and mature. We gain resiliency through a strong, supportive system that helps us thrive in adverse circumstances.

Watch on the short video from the Resilience Research to see a more comprehensive analysis of the importance of resiliency in our youth.

Self-Awareness makes it possible for teens to make decisions, plan for the future and understand their own emotions. “Research has shown that a high self-awareness score is a crucial predictor of overall success.” One way to support your teen in becoming self-aware is to help your teen slow down, pause, and take time to self-reflect. It could be as simple as taking a walk outside, or quietly sitting alone. “Though it may appear we’re doing nothing, we are consciously and subconsciously processing information and getting closer to our true selves.”

6 Tips to Support Self-Awareness Development in Teens” by Nobel Coaching