The list is endless, but I do believe that exceptional educators, those who teach children, not subjects, have always had resilience and social/emotional growth as a mandate for their classroom strategies. Bolstered by curriculum that counselors deliver or disseminate to them, "good" teachers inherently understand the value of character development. Do children need to learn how to be socially and emotionally adept? Absolutely. I see this as a given, however, in my current environment, not anything new.
Oliver Schinkten brings up the "new normal." Our paradigm has already changed; the boat has left the dock in terms of what technology has done to how our world communicates. Whether you believe there is an inherent difference in the thought processes of the digital native, just as the telegraph and telephone allowed for more frequent and timely communiques, global computer connections allow us and our young charges to talk with, learn from, and collaborate with peers across the world 24/7. The thousands of apps, videos, and games that provide opportunities for content learning free the classroom teacher to engage students in higher order thinking skills. Divergent, creative, cross-subject thought processes are critical to our survival as a species. No longer can we expect to allow a few scientists brainstorm in a lab when environmental impacts, religious conflict, and material asset depletion are occurring more rapidly and with greater frequency than ever before. We, as the human race, need ALL students to be able to work collaboratively to devise unique and powerful solutions to problems we cannot even begin to anticipate.
It is my opinion that resilience will continue to be a mainstay of education, but that students must now learn a different way of thinking than they may have been used to prior to this critical juncture. To be sure, some teachers (including myself) have always strived to include creative thinking processes as much as possible. Additionally, developmentally appropriate expectations based on brain development of what is possible for a student of this age to comprehend are a consideration that cannot be ignored. However, collaborative thought, thinking processes, and open ended questioning are skill sets that do not necessarily need technology. How then, do we as educators insure our students are digitally literate, critical thinkers, AND resilient human beings? Are these three skills mutually exclusive?
Not necessarily. Collaborative gaming provides an opportunity to develop all three skills via one channel. While the TED Talk below is not digital, it could be, and would accomplish the goals set out above.