We were talking as a staff on Tuesday about the importance of developing resilient learners in line with the IB learner profile. Einstein once said: “It’s not that I am cleverer; it’s just that I stick with problems longer” and Churchill said: “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential”. We want to develop young people who:
- are ready to accept constructive criticism
- enthusiastically embrace the challenge of work that is difficult
- can recover quickly from setbacks
- can stick with learning challenges for long periods, even when working alone
- are willing to abandon an approach that is not working, even if they have invested a lot of time in it, and start afresh with a new one
I know as a parent myself, that one way of expressing our love for our children is to help them by solving problems for them but of course it is important sometimes (and judiciously, of course) to offer them a little challenge by, for example answering their question with a question, or asking them to first try solving the problem for themselves.