Nurturance & Resilience

What do students need to thrive? 

Students will explore the role of nurturance on development throughout the lifespan, how infants’ brains develop through their relationship with their caregivers, and how love is expressed in different cultures. Ultimately, recommendations for changes to school processes and procedures will be given to administrators that help promote a more nurturing and resilient school environment.

Teri Lester

Teri Lester

Human Growth & Development, Washington High School

Contact: Teri.Lester@kckps.org 

The Main Objectives of this unit are:

  • Explore how affection is expressed and attention is given in different cultures and environments.
  • Understand the relationship between attachment and brain development
  • Understand the effect of stress and how to develop resilience
  • Understand school climate and its affect on students’ ability to thrive in the school environment
  • Design, implement, and analyze data from a School Climate Survey
  • Use authentic ethnographic techniques to study the school environment and its effect on student performance, comfort and morale.
  • Provide recommendations for ways to create a climate in which students can thrive, with the aim of improving student performance, comfort and morale.

This lesson will help students explore the role of nurturance on development throughout the lifespan, how infants’ brains develop through their relationship with their caregivers, and how love is expressed in different cultures.

Key Information:

1. Relationships that we have with other people can have an impact (negative or positive)
2. Different families express love in different ways. This can vary family to family or culture to culture.
3. There are types of parent/guardian relationships a person can have

 

This lesson will provide students with a deeper understanding of the types of stress and how they impact the body and its development. With this information, students will be able to better understand how brain connections and how the communication pathways work.

Key Information:

1. How stress can be useful in some neurological development, but can also degrade development if it is toxic or excessive
2. The neurological makeup of the brain and how information travels through synapses
3. The development of a brain from infancy to adulthood

 

This lesson will provide students with healthy coping strategies to deal with stress. It will illustrate the difference between what constitutes as a health verses unhealthy coping strategy. With this knowledge, students will be able to create a personalized coping strategy and inform members of the community about the pest practices to deal with stress.

Key Information:

1. Relationships can assist our ability to build resilience
2. Which ways of stress coping can be labeled as healthy/unhealthy
3. How you can use the personal strategies of stress coping and implement that into a community setting

This lesson gives students the tools to identify the ways in which the environments they inhabit (home, school, work) have an impact on their ability to thrive. With these tools, the students will begin to create an observation log that focuses on shared or common experiences.

Key Information:

1. The ethnographic method of collection data from a social environment
2. How to accurately depict a school climate via a survey of students
3. What senses are important when observing an environment

 

This lesson helps the student reflect on their final projects and get feedback from classmates. The students will use this feedback to better enhance their final projects which will be given to Wyandotte High School Administration. Publications will also be made available online (webpage, YouTube videos, podcasts) and throughout the school (pamphlets, posters, flyers).

Key Information:

1. How to properly present on survey data in a professional setting
2. Identify what areas need the most improvement in their presentation, and how to implement changes to fix these areas
3. Evaluate peer work in a constructive but critical way