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Teach: Resilience Tools

The tools on this page can be adapted to teach resilience, determination, grit, perseverance, or persistence.
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Fragility, Resilience, and Stubbornness Stories

Free tool available upon request from the Project on Positive Leadership.

• Author: Ryan Quinn
• Date: 2020
• Series: Virtues and Vices
• Pages: 6
Summary: This is one of the tools that makes up the Project on Positive Leadership’s “Virtues and Vices” series of instructional tools. It contains four stories of resilience, fragility, or stubbornness. A tool with multiple stories enables students to examine what is required to exhibit ideal resilience across different settings, and to account for the differing perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Each story includes carefully-crafted reflection questions to provoke the students’ learning, to prepare them for class, to prepare themselves to practice resilience, and to motivate them to be more mindful about their approach to leadership.

The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles

  • Book (and activities)
    • Price: $11.99 to $54.66
    • By Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte
    • Harmony
    • Publication Date: 2003
  • Summary: Rather than assign the whole book, instructors may wish to use only the chapters on assessment and on the seven skills. These contain exercises the instructor can do with students related to resilience.


  • Book and Assessment
  • Summary: Duckworth’s book is a bestseller, and people love filling out and talking about assessments. This one is short and simple.
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