Sometimes I wish I was now a youngster again, because more and more teachers are beginning to understand how learning is more and more about a whole bodied, whole mind, whole spirited experience. Annie Greeff in her two volumes of Resilience shares with educators personal skills and social skills required for effective learning.
The personal development concept of education was a grand vision when formal education was set up over 120 years ago. However, as our world has become more knowledgeable and more multi-talented, more capable of multi-tasking outside the classroom unfortunately the formal educational system has lagged behind in changing its approach to education.
The books are refreshing as a unit because they focus on developing self esteem and self confidence by focusing on personal skills first and foremost and then how to develop and encourage another person to be all they can be by applying social skills. Given that in the first world many children and adults feel a lack of connection in their relationships and sadly very often ill-equipped to live life as an adult both financially, emotionally and spiritually. Ms Greeff's books are an excellent introduction into the importance of teaching life skills at a much younger age.
The books contain useful exercises that any teacher, trainer, educator can apply and although written for teachers of young children, any adult trainer who is training company employees would also do well to read through the exercises to see how they can make their own training practices more effective by integrating personal and social skills into the learning process for adults who haven't had the benefit of such knowledge, information and training in their informative years.
I feel the contents of each of the Resilience books will not only inspire educators into helping their students retain the natural resilience of all young children when it comes to learning about their world, however it will also enhance the educators own relationships and social skills. The concepts shared within these two books are skills that the world needs right now and where better than to begin to implement them than in the halls of learning?
I would encourage you to make these two books part of your library because they are inspirational in the way they have drawn to together information, practical tips, useful ideas on how to implement and most of all, a way to begin to appreciate the magic of our differences.