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ERIC Number: EJ869913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Building Inner Resilience
Lantieri, Linda
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n2 p43-46 Sum 2008
The capacity to be in control of one's thoughts, emotions, and physiology can form an internal safety net preparing children to face the challenges and opportunities of life. This is the goal of the Inner Resilience Program in the New York City Schools. Teachers in the Inner Resilience Program's intervention are exposed to calming and focusing techniques based on the newly published book, "Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children." The program focuses on teaching students two practices: (1) relaxing the body through a progressive muscle relaxation exercise and body-scan; and (2) focusing the mind through a mindfulness exercise. One of the strategies for developing inner resilience is to encourage teachers to create "peace corners" for students. This is a special place set aside either in home or classroom where children can go whenever they need to regain their inner balance and flow. Peace corners can be used when anyone feels overwhelmed, stressed, angry, or otherwise out of control emotionally. It is essential for children to learn new ways to have their human spirits uplifted and their inner lives nourished as a normal, natural part of their growing up experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York