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¡ What do you think will help you to be more successful? A. Building on Strengths B. Fixing Weaknesses
1. Survival of the ﬁttest 2. Deﬁcit-‐based remediation 3. Strengths-‐based development and application -‐ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach
¡ Diagnose the ¡ Describe what’s problem wanted ¡ Discover the cause ¡ Discover what’s ¡ Address the already working weakness/problem ¡ Find strengths/ solutions
¡ Spending most of your time in your area of weakness—while it will improve your skills, perhaps to a level of “average”—will NOT produce excellence ¡ This approach does NOT tap into student motivation or lead to student engagement ¡ The biggest challenge facing us as educators: how to engage the hearts, minds, and souls of our students
¡ “Individuals gain more when they build on their talents, than when they make comparable eﬀorts to improve their areas of weakness.” ¡ Clifton & Harter, 2003, p. 112
“The best teachers tended tolook for and appreciate theindividual value of eachstudent….they looked for theabilities that any person broughtto the table.” Bain (2005)
¡ Problems ¡ Possibilities ¡ Attendance ¡ Engagement ¡ Compliance ¡ Motivation ¡ Putting into the ¡ Drawing out from student student ¡ Average ¡ Excellence
¡ Connects to what students already have inside them ¡ Builds on their prior experiences and successes ¡ Generates positive emotions ¡ Fosters a sense of competence and conﬁdence
¡ Know their own strengths and how they combine to produce excellence in teaching ¡ Apply their strengths to each aspect of the teaching/ learning process: § Preparation/course design § interaction with students in class § Mentoring and advising students § Grading and Feedback to Students
Natural way of thinking, feeling, behaving Time spent developing talent = Strength Ability to consistently perform Clifton & Harter, 2003
¡ Capitalizes on the instructor’s strengths for ¤ maximum teaching eﬀectiveness ¡ Connects students’ strengths to strategies for mastering course content ¡ Purpose: to motivate and engage students in their own learning process, so that they are able to reach optimal levels of achievement
Discover Your Strengths Fast, DirectClosed, Task Open, People Calm, Thoughtful
ent’ • Identify a ‘challenging’ stud PAC E? FAST or SLOW• What is th e Communication r CUS, in their work and/o • What is the primary FO conversations ? PEOPLE or TASK • W hat is their Style? • What is YOUR style? erent in your PACE and • How are you similar or diﬀ FOCUS?
¡ Unknowingly, you communicate and teach according to your style ¡ What is each style’s communication preference?
¡ Know who you are and teach from your strengths ¡ Love what you teach and who you teach ¡ Know your students and how they learn ¡ Focus on creating an intellectually vital, engaging classroom for all Strengths