HEART as a Model for Resilience in Schools pt. 1

HEART: an elevatEd Model for Resilience, with masked students inside a heart frame + elevatEd Classrooms logo

It takes HEART to develop & facilitate resilience in students and teachers

How do we teach resilience to our students? Or furthermore, how do we foster resilience within ourselves?

A few months ago, while conducting research for elevatEd SEL for the Whole Educational Community, I searched for “resilience” across multiple search engines.

Despite being in a global pandemic and asking educators to Reimagine School while still teaching traumatized children, my search results only brought about lengthy white papers about resiliency theories. There were no practical, purposeful models for resilience out there for educators!

elevatEd Teachers report time being the #1 resource of which they need more. So why are we expecting the busiest profession on the planet to drop everything as they Reimagine School to read a lengthy white paper as a model for resilience?

HEART: A Model for Resilience.
Jaclyn Sarnese & Taylor Fussner, 2021, elevatEd Classrooms.

Reimagining School requires active participation and collaborative strategic planning from the Whole Educational Community. We need you to show up as your best self, which requires your own resilience as well…and a lot of self-love!

Since we are teachers at elevatEd Classrooms, we get it.

HEART: A Model for Resilience

May we present elevatEd Resilience Model:

Humanity

Empathy

Active Engagement

Reflection

Tenacity

elevatEd Resilience is actionable, practical, and purposeful. HEART is the perfect model for resilience in elevatEd Classrooms and Schools everywhere!

HEART: A Model for Resilience:
Humanity, Empathy, Active Engagement, Reflection, and Tenacity.
Jaclyn Sarnese & Taylor Fussner, 2021, elevatEd Classrooms.

Humanity

Humanity refers to our need socialize with other humans. There are safe ways to facilitate socialization in-person as well as virtually as we Reimagine School. Humanity is feeling like we belong and learning from each other in both formal and informal environments.

Empathy

Empathy is about pushing past surface-level connections with fellow humans. Developing empathy means seeing people for who they are on the inside, from trying to understand and respond to their feelings in addition to our own.

Active Engagement

Active Engagement is about connecting to the world physically through the use of our senses. Especially as we Reimagine School, it is imperative to creatively incorporate diverse sensory-input with student Active Engagement, regardless of diverse learning modes (ie hybrid).

Reflection

Reflection refers to the invisible processing our brains do to observe and analyze the world around us. Our “True Self” (or false self) includes our thoughts and emotions. We must promote healthy, structured Reflection instead of allowing for minds to wander too far.

Tenacity

Tenacity is the ability to overcome adversity through grit and determination. Lessons learned in the last year showed us that we aren’t always prepared for the problems that need solving. Today’s tenacious trailblazers figure out ways to reach their goals anyway.

How are you implementing HEART in your elevatEd Classroom or School?

Want to empower your educators with HEART, a model for resilience?

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