This Power Point presentation is for a "short course", or unit, of lessons about resiliency.
Using concepts from psychology and sociology, students are encouraged to examine the circumstances in their lives and to reframe them so that they can become more resilient.
Concepts that are briefly covered in the lessons include:
- What is resiliency?
- Teens' major concerns
- Being honest with oneself, emotional inhibition & confesion
- Moving on
- The power of forgiveness
- Optimists vs pessimists
- Optimism & resilience
- Locus of control
- Example of resilience: Nick Vujicic
It is recommended to purchase the "No Arms, No Legs, No Worries" DVD from Nick Vujicic's website to accompany this lesson series. It helps create a powerful connection to the material. Portions from the DVD can be used as a "hook", and throughout the lesson series as a break from discussion & writing.
Nick also has religious based videos which would be appropriate to use if this series was delivered in a Christian/Catholic school. This mini-course can easily be adapted and delivered in the context of religion classes.
I developed this series in response to needs I saw in my students and was able to deliver it to a small group who elected to take the short course. It was originally delivered over 5 forty minute sessions, though it could be adapted to other lengths depending on how much discussion there is and/or how many written reflection exercises are incorporated (the slides contain ideas - it's up to you if you want to do them in class time or leave it to the students to do on their own if they choose).