“To write is to measure the depth of things, as well as to come to a sense of one’s own depth.” (Hunt and Sampson, 1998)
Resilience is a ‘growable’ skill that helps people respond creatively to challenges. Supporting new teachers’ resilience is critical because the first years bring novel challenges, as have the additional stressors of the pandemic. In this workshop, we will use a validated resilience instrument and guided, creative writing exercises to explore sources of stress as new faculty, areas of existing resilience, and creative strategies to build our resilience. This workshop is mainly targeting faculty in their first three years of teaching, but others are welcome as well.
Write reflections on their teaching experience including a haiku, metaphor writing, and a short ‘free write’
Analyze themes that emerge from the writing exercises
Develop, with other participants, ways to build their own resilience as faculty members that are responsive to themes in the creative prompts