Resilience in the Classroom

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Module 2: Building Student Resilience in the Classroom

Module 2 offers trainers or professional development staff materials to connect resilience research to positive classroom and school climate, offering educators an opportunity to integrate strategies to nurture student resilience. It contains a comprehensive training guide, companion slide presentation, and accompanying handouts.

This is one of four modules that comprise the Building Student Resilience Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to assist middle school and junior high school educators in strengthening their skills for nurturing student resilience. Use the blue side-bar menu to explore the Toolkit.



1. Building Student Resilience Toolkit Trainer's Guide

This module is the second in a series of four that educators can use to build resilience in students. This Trainer’s Guide expands on building student resilience, in a classroom environment. The guide presents instructions to facilitate content delivery in a live, face-to-face setting. When necessary, guidance is also provided for adapting the content to virtual settings. The guide provides narrative prompts, step-by-step instructions, and activities that follow the handouts and presentation below.

2. Individual Handouts

  1. Handout 1: Assess Your Knowledge (also see: Answer Key
  2. Handout 2: Important Things That Teachers Do
  3. Handout 3: Student Strengths Checklist
  4. Handout 4: Tips for Promoting Positive Peer-to-Peer Relationships
  5. Handout 5: Developing a Supportive Context in the Classroom
  6. Handout 6: Post-Event Self-Assessment
  7. Handout A: Pre-Event Self-Assessment (Optional)

These handouts include checklists, worksheets, practice guides, and discussion questions for supporting school staff in addressing the effects of stress and trauma. 

3. PowerPoint

This PowerPoint can be used along with the Trainer's Guide to facilitate live content delivery. Upon completing this presentation, participants will be able to: 1) associate aspects of a positive classroom climate with factors that boost resilience; 2) describe how building resilience helps students learn to cope with stress and trauma; 3) select strategies to build resilience in the classroom; and 4) identify strategies they may be already using that help students build resilience.

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