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Start With 
STRENGTHS: 
change the lens 
change the STORY 
The FORCE Society 
‘in the know’ Series 
August 27, 2014 
CC Im...
"I come to you humbly not to tell you 
what to do on your journey but to share 
with you what I have learned on mine” 
Wab...
What Matters
Our stories shape 
who we are
Stories about ourselves 
Video: http://vimeo.com/66058153
Talking about 
our kids 
What STORIES 
are we telling? 
CC Image from Marzia https://flic.kr/p/524Dsy
“Connection is 
why we are here. 
We are hardwired to 
connect with 
others 
-- Brene Brown 
cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr ...
Stories 
Strengths 
Interests 
Confidence 
Engagement
“We don’t know who we can be… 
until we know what we can do” 
-- Sir 
Ken Robinson
The Stories of 
our Students
The Story of 
Amy 
CC Image from Don Kennedy https://flic.kr/p/bn4FAs
CC image from Brad Flickinger https://flic.kr/p/b9wDhg 
Is our children’s work at school both a reflection of 
who THEY ar...
Exploring who they are… 
creating their stories 
CC Image by Wonderlane https://flic.kr/p/cDeCGs
Agassiz 
Centre for 
Education 
New 
Stories 
From Vancouver Sun
Blog: http://bit.ly/NrekwQ
STRENGT 
H S 
d e f i c i t s
It is not always about overcoming a perceived 
deficit. 
It is often about embracing a lesser-known 
STRENGTH. 
CC image f...
Differences 
are NOT 
deficiencies 
Simon Ibell
Each child has a gift... We 
need to see and nurture these 
gifts so they emerge and 
flourish throughout an 
individual’s...
Our students’ strengths are not 
carrots to be dangled to get them to 
comply… they are valuable resources 
to be tapped a...
Where STRENGTHS are embraced
A School Built on Strengths
What we see… 
Depends on what we look for. 
CC Image by Ryan Haddad https://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
Learning 
from 
Liam 
CC Image from Joe Athialy https://flic.kr/p/87N9p5
CONFIDENCE
“To shift a cycle from 
decline to success, 
leaders must restore 
people’s confidence” 
--Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Back up to where 
they are… 
and get em on a 
winning streak 
Tom Schimmer 
CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud https:/...
Make it worth the effort. 
Narrow the gap. 
CC Image by Theodore Chenhttps://flic.kr/p/32egeo
Got grit? 
CC Image from az https://flic.kr/p/87VgbN 
Resiliency craves 
confidence…
Winners 
and Losers? 
Rethink how we honour 
cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee: 
http://flickr.com/photos/leeculli...
Change the streak. 
Change the story. 
CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
ENGAGEMENT 
changing the stories
Outdoor Education 
CHOICES 
Innovation Days 
Genius Hour 
Passion Projects 
Inquiry 
Project-Based 
Learning
CC Image from Stephen Topp https://flic.kr/p/dxPo8M 
Home-School Communication
Embrace the TEAM. 
Pull Together 
CC Image From United Nations Photo https://flic.kr/p/63GTKW
The Strength 
of Dom
Changing the stories 
“With a piece of chalk” http://youtu.be/mBZAFJ-Q6Mw
Connect With Me 
www.chriswejr.com 
About.me/ChrisWejr 
@chriswejr 
chriswejr@gmail.com
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Slides for the Force Society for Kids' Mental Health 2014 "In the Know" webinar series. Presentation for parents and educators that focuses on the powerful impact of changing the lens to a strength-based model.

Webinar can be viewed at http://phsa.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/468e689af6ca47009456837e5936dc6a1d?catalog=c823804a-36e4-4fa6-a491-48dede1495cf

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Start With Strengths - Change the Lens. Change the Story

  1. 1. Start With STRENGTHS: change the lens change the STORY The FORCE Society ‘in the know’ Series August 27, 2014 CC Image from Ethereal World https://flic.kr/p/4BDBPS Chris Wejr www.chriswejr.com @chriswejr
  2. 2. "I come to you humbly not to tell you what to do on your journey but to share with you what I have learned on mine” Wab Kinew cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Thompson Rivers University: http://flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/8518479289/
  3. 3. What Matters
  4. 4. Our stories shape who we are
  5. 5. Stories about ourselves Video: http://vimeo.com/66058153
  6. 6. Talking about our kids What STORIES are we telling? CC Image from Marzia https://flic.kr/p/524Dsy
  7. 7. “Connection is why we are here. We are hardwired to connect with others -- Brene Brown cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by Andrew: http://flickr.com/photos/30235101@N06/3344044448/
  8. 8. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Engagement
  9. 9. “We don’t know who we can be… until we know what we can do” -- Sir Ken Robinson
  10. 10. The Stories of our Students
  11. 11. The Story of Amy CC Image from Don Kennedy https://flic.kr/p/bn4FAs
  12. 12. CC image from Brad Flickinger https://flic.kr/p/b9wDhg Is our children’s work at school both a reflection of who THEY are and what WE want them to do?
  13. 13. Exploring who they are… creating their stories CC Image by Wonderlane https://flic.kr/p/cDeCGs
  14. 14. Agassiz Centre for Education New Stories From Vancouver Sun
  15. 15. Blog: http://bit.ly/NrekwQ
  16. 16. STRENGT H S d e f i c i t s
  17. 17. It is not always about overcoming a perceived deficit. It is often about embracing a lesser-known STRENGTH. CC image from Mystery.Indigo Photography https://flic.kr/p/8Z5PqW
  18. 18. Differences are NOT deficiencies Simon Ibell
  19. 19. Each child has a gift... We need to see and nurture these gifts so they emerge and flourish throughout an individual’s life. CC Image: http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR -- Lorna Williams
  20. 20. Our students’ strengths are not carrots to be dangled to get them to comply… they are valuable resources to be tapped and embedded in their learning. CC Image from ChrisCook04 https://flic.kr/p/87cZ6L
  21. 21. Where STRENGTHS are embraced
  22. 22. A School Built on Strengths
  23. 23. What we see… Depends on what we look for. CC Image by Ryan Haddad https://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
  24. 24. Learning from Liam CC Image from Joe Athialy https://flic.kr/p/87N9p5
  25. 25. CONFIDENCE
  26. 26. “To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore people’s confidence” --Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  27. 27. Back up to where they are… and get em on a winning streak Tom Schimmer CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud https://flic.kr/p/jfcWi4
  28. 28. Make it worth the effort. Narrow the gap. CC Image by Theodore Chenhttps://flic.kr/p/32egeo
  29. 29. Got grit? CC Image from az https://flic.kr/p/87VgbN Resiliency craves confidence…
  30. 30. Winners and Losers? Rethink how we honour cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee: http://flickr.com/photos/leecullivan/3948336553/
  31. 31. Change the streak. Change the story. CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
  32. 32. ENGAGEMENT changing the stories
  33. 33. Outdoor Education CHOICES Innovation Days Genius Hour Passion Projects Inquiry Project-Based Learning
  34. 34. CC Image from Stephen Topp https://flic.kr/p/dxPo8M Home-School Communication
  35. 35. Embrace the TEAM. Pull Together CC Image From United Nations Photo https://flic.kr/p/63GTKW
  36. 36. The Strength of Dom
  37. 37. Changing the stories “With a piece of chalk” http://youtu.be/mBZAFJ-Q6Mw
  38. 38. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com

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