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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.

Parent-Teacher Partnerships Strengthening Communication for Student Success
April 24, 2024

Parent-Teacher Partnerships: Strengthening Communication for Student Success

At St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit S107 in Bangkok, we shape young minds to better prepare them for tomorrow as successful adults by promoting our holistic approach to education.

We also support the well-being of our young learners by cooperating with their parents in order to have two-way support of their academic and socio-emotional development as would-be future leaders.

Strengthening parent-teacher partnerships allows young learners to truly learn in a holistic manner—both at the school and at home, leading to an all-encompassing educational approach.

The way our school at St. Sukhumvit interacts and communicates with our young minds’ parents directly influences the quality and impact of the children’s learning in a home environment.

The Importance of Positive Communications between Parents and Teachers

The students’ learning shouldn’t be limited to just the four walls of a school. Their home environment should not impede their development from being children to growing into mature teenagers who are ready for college and beyond.

It’s one thing for the primary and secondary school children of St. Sukhumvit International School to learn about academics, extracurricular activities, and socio-emotional skills on campus. It’s another thing altogether for them to practise what they’ve learned in a home environment that extends beyond any homework, assignment, or take-home projects assigned by their teachers.

“Improving parent-school partnerships helps parents monitor their children while also supporting their school work at home in a holistic fashion.” (Teacher Quote)

How do stronger parent-school communications and partnerships help with the development of the child or student? Let us count the ways.

For instance, when schools tell parents about a child’s performance and excellence, this will encourage the parents to involve themselves with their children’s studies. When schools instead only inform parents about bad performances, they’re less likely to benefit their children.

It defeats the purpose of combining different educational disciplines if the children aren’t able to find home support for their academic progression. It’s not truly “holistic”.

How Parent-Teacher Partnerships Help in Holistic Learning

According to research, parental involvement can free up the teachers’ time to focus on teaching children.

Furthermore, having more contact with parents allows teachers to learn more about their young learners’ needs and home environment, which they can then use to better meet those needs.

To remind parents, the holistic development of the child or student covers every aspect of their growth, whether it’s developing their intellectual, mental, physical, social, extracurricular, or co-curricular skills.

The teachers and parents should be on the same page on the academic and holistic maturation of the student to avoid sending mixed messages on the poor young man or woman.

Parents and teachers should keep tabs on the development of any given young mind so that there’s no need for a parent-teacher conference to ensure everyone is on the up and up in regard to the young person’s track record.

They should also tag-team the child so that they’re able to uniformly and positively influence their development in school and at home.

Positive reinforcement and focusing on the strengths of the child from personalised care at home and holistic treatment in school should help mould these young minds for the better without suffering from any incongruent development.

What are the Opportunities for Two-Way Communication between Parents and Teachers?

Even though our school caters to children from ages 2 to 18 years old, this cooperative partnership between teacher and parents is something we believe they should benefit from even at a young age.

The school’s opportunities for two-way communication between parents and teachers include the following instances:

  • Parent-teacher conferences

  • E-mail or school website contact page

  • Phone calls and text messages (SMS)

  • Parent-teacher organisations or school community councils

  • Folders of schoolwork sent home for parent review every week or month

Parents should involve themselves more in their children’s education. Their learning shouldn’t stop at home even though there should also be time for rest and relaxation from school work. A school-to-home balance should be worked out.

The value of school involvement in home life is beneficial to parents to avoid turning the school into an academic baby-sitter for their children.

Instead, parents will be able to adjust home life to supplement school life, leading to a truly holistic system of education in a collaborative way with open channels of communication between St. Andrews and every parent.

How Involved Should Parents be with Their Children’s Education?

The parents should get ideas from St. Andrew Sukhumvit on how to support and help their children or teens to excel in every facet of their development.

Education in terms of academics and holistic development of the individual shouldn’t be shouldered by St. Andrews Sukhumvit alone. It should be done in a collaborative way with the parents of the youngsters themselves for the best results.

Their home life should not impede their schooling. The parents should assist in helping the child out when learning about the school’s academic programme and how it works.

The most effective forms of communication between parents and teachers include personal contact through curriculum nights or open houses, telephone calls, home visits, and conferences.

This helps establish rapport between parent and teacher, although it’s also important to note that the teachers deal with many children and parents, so they couldn’t report the status of every young mind to every last family.

The Benefits of Collaboration between Parents and Teachers

When St. Andrews teachers communicate with the parents, they consider their remarks in light of categories that influence their participation. They typically communicate about the accomplishments of the child, classroom learning activities, and how parents can help at home with the holistic learning of their children.

There’s significant evidence of how parental involvement of parents with teachers significantly benefits the children or students in terms of raising their achievements.

Not only are the parents made aware of the St. Andrews’ holistic system of learning that develops the child both academically and holistically as an individual and future leader. Their involvement also serves as an incentive for the child to do their best.

Children who are taught under the parent-teacher collaboration system tend to have a more optimistic attitude towards school work and homework in general.

A young learner with an involved parent who regularly communicates with St. Andrews Sukhumvit teachers tend to be more motivated about learning, is less likely to misbehave, and will regularly attend classes.

Parents who are involved with their children’s education have a more positive attitude towards teachers, which boosts teacher morale.

The Bottom Line

At St. Andrews, we make it our mission to help children realise their inherent holistic potential by providing them with the resources they need to succeed in their current and future endeavours. We do this by establishing a solid partnership between our school and our young learners’ parents.

Meanwhile, St. Andrews Sukhumvit British International School S107 is part of the international Cognita School Group — an organisation that manages schools in America, South America, Middle East, India, Asia, and Europe.

Do you want to find out what our international school has to offer? Visit the St. Andrews campus to learn more. Fill out our online form to book a school tour or watch our school’s personalised interactive virtual campus tour for more details.