Bouncing back

‘Bouncing back’ is a term used to explain how a person responds after a difficult situation or event. By developing the skills to bounce back and respond positively, students will feel confident to face the pressures of life.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students learn how to become resilient by understanding the concept of bouncing back to overcome challenges.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand the concept of bouncing back
  • articulate ways in which they have overcome challenges
  • understand what resilience looks, sounds and feels like.
Activity 01

Class reflection: Bouncing back 20 min

1. As a class, discuss:

  • What does the term ‘bounce back’ mean? (e.g. returns to normal after a difficult situation or event)
  • How does someone demonstrate an ability to bounce back? (e.g. asks for help, practises self-care, connects with friends)
  • What does it mean if someone is described as resilient? (e.g. aware of and understand their emotions and emotional needs, cope with the hard things that life throws at them)
  • When faced with adversity, what does ‘being stronger’ mean? (e.g. let go of the painful things, setting goals to move forward)

2. Record students’ ideas on the whiteboard or virtual equivalent.