Teaching resiliency has many profound benefits. But you might ask yourself, why these lessons on resiliency? Put simply, the lessons themselves are born of the same traits that make for a resilient person: they are Conversational, Reflective, Adaptive, Personal... and Playful.


Why Teach With Dot Resiliency Lessons?

What is the student experience in this course?

We recommend that all instructors start by going to our Explore section so that they can get a first-hand experience of what taking a lesson feels like. You can start by checking out the classroom integration options. In short, this resiliency course is a conversation between the student and the AI character, Dot. By helping Dot to better understand human resiliency, the student is guided through a metacognitive process of considering their own experiences with the components of resiliency and developing skills to support those components.

What is the Learnspace?

The Learnspace is a student facing learning place that is unique to your class. Here, the students are able to access the entire course which includes the game and lessons. Students are also able to see their progress within a lesson here.

To find your Learnspace URL, click on the “More” dropdown next to “Add Assistants” and “Enroll Students” on your class page in the Workspace.

How do I use this course?

This course is meant to support students’ development in any subject by supplementing their classroom with resiliency skills and habits to support their learning. Our integration recommendations include project ideas, discussion prompts, subject matter examples, and advice on how to use modelling with your students. We provide an ongoing list of recommendations for the former two which can be found here.

Do I have to teach the whole course?

You can teach as much of this course as you feel is appropriate for your students. The lessons were designed so that they can stand alone to address specific student needs, or to form a larger resiliency curriculum.  You can use one lesson or you can teach all ten.

Is there an order in which I should teach the lessons?

The lessons were designed so that they can be taught in any order or combination. Each of the 10 lessons is paired with another lesson to support the 5 resiliency competencies (adaptability, collaboration, critical thinking, reflective learning, and self-awareness) addressed by this course. However, the strongest pairing is not necessarily within the same competency and it is up to the instructor which lessons make the most sense to support the content of the class.

What does a conversation with Dot look like?

Dot is intensely curious about human resiliency and about the students’ experiences.

The conversations center around Dot trying to clarify what she’s been able to learn from online research with the students’ real-life experiences.

Each conversation is self-contained so that the lessons can be taught in any order, but every lesson opens on an introductory interaction between Dot and the student which will progress lesson-to-lesson regardless of what order the lessons are given or how many are used.

What is the Dot’s World game?

All of the lessons are structured Dot’s game that focuses on resiliency. It is an innovative new tool to assess a student’s understanding and application of the resiliency components discussed in these lessons.

How do I use the game?

We recommend that students begin by playing the game to see what lessons could be helpful to them--even if they’re not lessons that they are assigned--to give them a good starting point for further exploration. The game can be used as a pre and post assessment to find which lessons students may benefit from and to track their development through a class.

How can I see my students’ progress?

Student progress through and completion of lessons is recorded on the Smart Sparrow Workspace. To view this, log in to the Workspace, click CLASSES and open the “Reports” tab.

How do I enroll students?

To enroll your students, go to your Class tab in the workspace and click “Enroll Students.” Then simply enter your student’s emails into the dialog box, separating with commas, and click Enroll. Your students will receive an email inviting them to your Learnspace and prompting them to create a Smart Sparrow account so that they can access it.

Help, I’m stuck!

If you’re encountering what seems to be a problem with the course, please do the following:

  1. Read this FAQ - common questions are answered here.
  2. Take a screenshot - it’s always good to have a record of what you’re seeing so we can help you better. If you’re encountering an error screen or something’s gone wrong, screenshot it!
  3. Fill out our support form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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