We see children demonstrating resilience when they “work tough,” when learning is new or difficult. It is natural for children to get frustrated in their work and play. However, how we talk and respond when this happens will help our children to develop resilience. Conversations about: what makes us special, what we can control, doing our best, taking positive risks, forgiving other people’s mistakes, being able to fix our own mistakes and acknowledging how we feel when frustrated can help to develop resilience in our children.
“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we……..... ……….teach?”
- Tom Herner (NASDE President ) Counterpoint 1998, p.2
At Kai Iwi School we have been implementing some new ways of working with Children to set expectations and repair relationships, when they make a poor decision. The methods we have brought into the School are founded on research and successful practice from other Schools.
As a School we believe that relationships are vital to a healthy child and community. So when we need to correct or teach a behaviour we understand that it needs to be done in a way that maintains and develops positive relationships