Building resilience

Resilience is described as the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a vital skill for coping with the ups and downs of life and one of the key ingredients of success when transitioning to secondary school. By recognising their resilience, students are able to learn habits that will continue to strengthen and build their resilience.

Year Level



20 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students explore the meaning of resilience and identify healthy habits to build their resilience.

Key Outcomes

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

  • explain ‘resilience’
  • identify resilient people or a time when they have shown resilience
  • define ‘habits’, and identify healthy habits that support resilience.
Activity 01

Sharing: Storytime 10 min

  1. Ask students to think of an event or a time that they found challenging, and which they feel comfortable sharing with another student. As the teacher, sharing a personal story of your own can help you to build connections and set the scene.
  2. Place students in pairs and invite them to share their stories with each other. Explain that they don’t have to share; however, this is an opportunity for them to learn about and from their partner.
  3. Explain to students that when sharing stories, they need to be respectful by listening to each other and taking turns.
  4. After a few minutes, have a class debrief. Ask students:
    • Does anyone have a short story they would like to share with the group?
    • How did their partner overcome their challenge?
    • Did anyone learn something about their partner?
  5. Conclude the discussion by emphasising how resilient students have been in the examples shared. Remind them that we all show resilience, to varying degrees, in our everyday lives.