Building Resilience in Students Strategies from St. Andrews Sukhumvit 107
May 13, 2024

Building Resilience in Students: Strategies from St. Andrews Sukhumvit 107

At St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit S107 in Bangkok, we help instil the value of resilience among the children to help them better prepare for tomorrow as successful leaders with our holistic approach to education.

We also value our young learners’ wellbeing, which is why it’s important that they learn how to be resilient at an early age while receiving two-way support from teachers and parents for their socio-emotional and academic endeavours.

One way to ensure that the child becomes resilient in the face of academic pressure or even peer pressure is by strengthening the bonds between parents and children.

Another way is to teach them the importance of self-motivated studying so that they’re not dependent on rote memorisation when learning different subjects.

This is all made possible by the all-encompassing educational approach we offer here at St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is someone’s ability to adjust, adapt, address, or withstand problems, obstacles, and misfortunes. Their resiliency is also reflected by how they’re able to bounce back from rejection, disappointment, and perceived failure.

A resilient and adaptable person is someone who can survive the challenges of life without getting overwhelmed by its cruelty and inherent unfairness.

In turn, the child’s readiness in handling hurdles will have an everlasting impact on their future academic and work careers as well as their interpersonal relationships.

“Life doesn’t get easier as we grow older. Instead, we get tougher to face the realities and hardships of life.” (Teacher Quote)

Life is hard and will only get harder as you grow up. Don’t wait for life to become easier. Instead, become stronger and more resilient in the face of the hardships of reality.

The way the St. Sukhumvit International School communicates and interacts with our young learners helps influence their holistic learning. We specifically teach them self-motivated learning, which in turn helps a lot in the development of their resilience and self-reliance.

In order for them to succeed in their current and future endeavours, they should know exactly how to thrive under pressure the right way, in an incremental and healthy fashion rather than a stressful one.

How Does Resilience Help the Child’s Development in School?

Building resilience is important in assisting children in developing the ability to solve problems, thrive under pressure, and deal with the stress of deadlines and plans going awry when push comes to shove.

Building resilience is easier said than done. Children need resilience because their academic career and work career will only become tougher instead of easier.

They should learn how to properly deal with challenging experiences so that they’re not overwhelmed once they go from primary school to secondary school as well as higher learning on a collegiate level.

One of the ways to build resilience is through warranted self-confidence that doesn’t result in arrogance.

Feeling rightfully confident from the hard work you’ve invested through studying will make you resilient enough to ace any test. The home environment should also assist the young learners’ learning as they develop from children to teenagers and young adults.

Resilience Starts with Having a Healthy Attitude

Naturally, because they’re only children, the pressure for them to learn should be at first be easy then become incrementally tougher as they deal with more advanced subjects, like basic arithmetic moving towards calculus.

Teaching children the values of being confident, prepared, and resilient early on will allow them to deal with tougher challenges without giving in to stress.

These values can be taught to them healthily without having them go through trauma to learn them as well, of course. This way, they can handle obstacles and unforeseen problems with an open mind and without feeling demoralised by them.

Our teachers understand the importance of teaching children the realities of life and how normal it is to face challenges and problems.

They need to be taught a healthy way to vent when being pressured. They should also learn the value of having breaks, engaging in non-academic endeavours to fulfil their holistic development, and having time for playtime and friends.

Promote Positive Emotions and Optimism to Become More Resilient

A particularly healthy way to instil the value of resilience in the child without simply dropping them into the deep part of the pool, in a manner of speaking, is to promote positive emotions.

A positive person does better when facing rejection, disappointment, and even fear. They have something inside of them that reassures them to keep on moving, improving, and living—a quiet confidence that everything will be fine.

Tackling problems with a clear positive and constructive goal in mind opens up your mind to more possibilities than someone stricken with fear, trauma, and self-destructive thoughts.

Yes, it’s important for the primary and secondary school children of St. Sukhumvit International School to learn about academics, extracurricular activities, and socio-emotional skills on campus.

However, it’s also crucial for them to develop high stress tolerance in the face of challenges and unplanned circumstances.

Children who lack resilience, self-confidence, and self-esteem might end up with trauma, depression, anxiety, or unhealthy coping strategies that hurt themselves and others.

Teaching them that facing problems isn’t the end of the world and there’s always a way to solve any problem like some sort of puzzle is a great way to give them the backbone needed to deal with the balancing act of life, academics, friends, and family.

Developing Resilience is Critical to School and Life Success

Difficult situations can arise in every facet of life, including school that teaches your children basic literacy and arithmetic. The school is there to help them figure out what to specialise in once they reach adulthood.

Great things start from small beginnings, after all. Growing up, they should reach early for their dreams. To develop academic resilience, they should invest in themselves.

They should holistically develop as confident individuals who have everything covered, from their socio-emotional interactions with one another to their academic grades as well as their extracurricular or co-curricular activities.

The more well-rounded they become as people, the more prepared they’ll be for things like changing deadlines, pop quizzes, and even COVID isolation and Zoom-based learning.

Learning how to become self-motivated and independent-thinking even as children allows them to know how to take on collegiate-level academics even in primary school.

For example, in college or university learning, you get to choose your courses and specialisation. Children may be spoon-fed their subjects at first, but learning the value of self-sufficiency will prepare them for a time when they have to choose actions for themselves.

In Summary

It is the mission of us here at St. Andrews Sukhumvit to help children realise their full potential through holistic learning. We provide them with all the resources they need to learn how to learn and, more importantly, become more resilient.

This is in line with how our school is part of the International Cognita School Group’s umbrella, which has schools they manage in continents such as Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Do you want to learn more about St. Andrews Sukhumvit British International School S107? Enquire now and avail of our in-person campus tour to see the school for yourself. You can explore our campus virtually through our personalised interactive virtual tour as well.