The importance of resilience in the classroom: learning and emotion - Best Schools in Spain

Holistic education plays a central role in the Spanish education system, meaning that students not only acquire theoretical and procedural knowledge but also receive an emotional education and develop a series of skills related to “attitudes”.

When it comes to emotional education, we focus on recognising our own and others’ emotions, to the extent that, in the words of the Spanish doctor, scientist and teacher Francisco Mora:

“Without emotion there is no curiosity, no attention, no learning and no memory”

However, when recognising emotions, we must not forget or ignore the importance of the most important term used this article: resilience. A term taken from the field of psychology that has moved beyond this discipline to apply to all situations in which a person, regardless of their age, overcomes a traumatic experience that makes them stronger.

We cannot deny that when we limit resilience to the educational stage, from early childhood to adolescence, we cannot speak of full neurocognitive development as a person’s brain continues to develop until they reach 25 or 30 years of age. On the contrary, however, it is true that children are able to self-regulate in adverse situations even with the simple tools they possess.

So much so that schools belonging to the Best Schools in Spain (BSS) network provide students with strategies that help them develop the executive function (prefrontal cortex) through specific programmes that work on cognitive flexibility, planning and decision-making right from the early-years stage.

Taking a broader view of how centres from the Best Schools in Spain network work on resilience, we can state that they place great importance on both cognitive and emotional development, providing students with tools for self-regulation.

In this way, they are able to meet the increasingly frequent need to know how to handle adverse situations, while also developing students’ ability to adapt in their academic and personal lives, as well as in their relationships with their classmates.

For example, some schools work on a specific personal improvement plan in which students identify where they can improve and set goals in the four main areas of their lives: school, social, family and personal.

Lastly, the Best Schools in Spain network would like to stress that cultivating students’ socioemotional skills is just as important as cultivating their intelligence, creating more competent people who are able to adapt and know how to develop themselves in a changing and highly agile world.


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