Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Resilient Kids

I think we can all agree that technology has come a long way in the past decade (when I was a teen) but is it always for the best?  There is lots of research about how technology can negatively impact the way children pay attention, focus and even their ability to unwind.

 "Training students in MINDFULNESS demonstrates BENEFITS including improvements in working memory, ATTENTIONACADEMIC SKILLS, social skills, emotion regulation, and SELF- ESTEEM, as well as self- reported improvements in mood, decreases in anxiety, stress and fatigue."  Video Stories

I have never heard of Resilient Kids before this assignment but after checking out their website, I can say that I love what they stand for.  I think it is so crucial to pay attention to students' social and emotional needs as well as academic.  This reminds me of how sometimes at my work, I just can not manage to calm certain kids down.  I now use this technique where I have them sit down in front of me and take deep breaths in and out.  I also have them make a really hard fist, in and out, almost like squeezing a stress ball.  I know these are simple things and I can definitely learn more and better techniques in the future but they seem to work.


  1. I have also never heard of resilient kids before this assignment. I agree with what you said about technology and sometimes I feel we focus a lot on it. I will be interested to see what we learn from them on Thursday in class.

  2. I have talked to much about how technology is ruining youth. Technology is creating a serious problem, leaving youth socially awkward and unable to relate to the real world. I really love the steps Resilient Kids is taking to help youth!