In this fourth post in a series about comprehensive student assessment, I’m taking on the subject of resilience and how it is we can both teach and assess students in this area. I’ve been arguing throughout this series that holistic assessment should always incorporate widely used standardized testing, but that it’s only one measure among several (Learning, Relationships, Resiliencies and Behaviors) that should be leveraged to really understand student readiness for learning and life in the 21 Century.
Indeed, resilience is something every person must develop, if only because so much about life today changes with much greater velocity than ever before. The ability to both respond to and embrace change is at the very heart of resilience, which is why developing this trait should be a priority for the educational mission.
At Pathbrite, we believe the five key components of resilience are:
While the development of resilience must always begin at home, educators play a critical role in advancing this ability – both in terms of developing a competency around resilience but also by measuring the degree to which students are growing on this measure.
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