Fostering Resiliency Brainstorming Exercise

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Fostering Resiliency Brainstorming Exercise

The consensus-building activity outlined here will help participants establish a vision for the resilient school. Using a brainstorming technique, members of the group are to identify what they perceive to be an ideal program for fostering resiliency in the school setting, given the circumstances of the case you are analyzing.

Begin this activity with brainstorming. Ask participants to generate as long a list as possible of protective factors that should be incorporated into their middle school setting to address the circumstances of the case. Be sure to include outcomes from all three of the protective factor categories:

  • Caring Relationships
  • High Expectations
  • Opportunities for Participation and Contribution

After whole-group brainstorming, participants should form small groups of 3 to 5 people. Make sure each group’s composition is as diverse as possible. The small groups will then attempt to arrive at a consensus on the five most critical and five least critical protective factors in each category. Priority should be given to those factors that are most likely to make an immediate difference in resolving the issues in the case. Other options may be added over time.

  • Caring Relationships
  • High Expectations
  • Opportunities for Participation and Contribution

Reconvene the whole group and ask representatives from each small group to share their lists. As a whole-group discussion, compare the lists to each other. Discuss the feasibility of each suggestion to promote protective factors in the environment.

  • What is the priority order in which the issues should be addressed?
  • What potential problems could arise during implementation of the protective factors?

Sources:

Reed, L. C. (2017). The agape alternative. Chicago, IL: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Reed, L. C. (2017). Transforming middle schools: A staff development workshop manual. Chicago, IL: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Reed, L. C. (2017). Transforming school culture: A case study approach. Chicago, IL: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

 

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