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Start With Strengths: Change the Lens. Change the Story.

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Half day session with staff of Enver Creek Secondary (Surrey, BC) in September 2016. Learning intentions:
I can share the WHY of strengths-based education
I can share ways to help shift the lens to a more strengths-based model
I can share the strengths of myself and the Enver Creek Secondary School community
I can devise methods to determine the strengths of our students (and/or staff)
I can share ideas to move to a strength-based model in my classroom and/or school
I can identify ONE student with whom I will connect with and tap into his/her strengths.

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Start With Strengths: Change the Lens. Change the Story.

  1. 1. Start With STRENGTHS: change the lens change the STORY For the Staff of Enver Creek Secondary September 26, 2016 CCImagefromEtherealWorldhttps://flic.kr/p/4BDBPS Chris Wejr chriswejr.com @chriswejr
  2. 2. What Matters
  3. 3. "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/
  4. 4. Learning Intentions • I can share the WHY of strengths-based education • I can share ways to help shift the lens to a more strengths-based model • I can share the strengths of myself and the Enver Creek Secondary School community • I can devise methods to determine the strengths of our students (and/or staff) • I can share ideas to move to a strength-based model in my classroom and/or school • I can identify ONE student with whom I will connect with and tap into his/her strengths.
  5. 5. #startwithstrengths
  6. 6. Our stories shape who we are
  7. 7. Stories about ourselves Video: http://vimeo.com/66058153
  8. 8. We teach who we are. Parker Palmer
  9. 9. ACTIVITY: Sharing the strengths of ourselves. REFLECT: What is a strength of YOURS? With a partner, share a story of how you use this strength at school.
  10. 10. WHY Strengths-Based Education?
  11. 11. “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/
  12. 12. Student Struggles CC Image from Poughkeepsie Day School http://bit.ly/2d97uOc
  13. 13. Raising children is far more than just fixing what is wrong with them. It is about identifying and amplifying their strengths and virtues, and helping them find the niche where they can live these positive traits to the fullest. Dr. Martin Seligman chriswejr.com
  14. 14. A Shifting Demographic…
  15. 15. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Meaning SEL Engagement
  16. 16. “We don’t know who we can be… until we know what we can do” -- Sir Ken Robinson
  17. 17. The Stories of our Students
  18. 18. The Story of Amy CC Image from Marzia http://flic.kr/p/524Dsy
  19. 19. Is our students’ work at school both a reflection of who THEY are and what WE want them to do? CCimagefromBradFlickingerhttps://flic.kr/p/b9wDhg
  20. 20. Exploring who they are… creating their stories CC Image by Wonderlane https://flic.kr/p/cDeCGs
  21. 21. ACTIVITY: Who is your Amy? Share the story of ONE student who has strengths, interests, and/or skills that may not be recognized in school.
  22. 22. Agassiz Centre for Educatio n New Stories From Vancouver Sun
  23. 23. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Meaning SEL Engagement
  24. 24. CC Image: http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR Each child has a gift... We need to see and nurture these gifts so they emerge and flourish throughout an individual’s life. -- Lorna Williams
  25. 25. What are “strengths”?
  26. 26. Strength of Character
  27. 27. Strength of Skill Images from Langley Schools
  28. 28. What strengths-based education is NOT • Ignoring the struggles of our students • Bubble wrapping • Inauthentic feedback: telling students they are awesome and amazing for no apparent reason • Giving awards to everyone • Letting students do whatever they want whenever they want
  29. 29. STRENGT H S s t r u g g l e s
  30. 30. What we see… Depends on what we look CCImagebyRyanHaddadhttps://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
  31. 31. “But the other side is unbaked. The side of strengths, the side of what we are good at, the side…of what makes life worth living.” Dr. Martin Seligman “Psychology is half-baked, literally half-baked. We have baked the part about mental illness. We have baked the part about repair and damage…” Image from Pixgood
  32. 32. CC Image from Trottalot https://flic.kr/p/a4YZhT Training ourselves to look through strengths-tinted glasses
  33. 33. Looking through a new lens https://youtu.be/mZedcQoY0iw
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. Photo: nasrulekram
  36. 36. Changing the lens of Grade 10 Girls PE Lifestyles PE cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Boston Public Library: http://flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6198183420/
  37. 37. A School Built on Strengths My students OUR STUDENTS
  38. 38. -30 -20 -10 0 10 20 30 40 . Research from the Corporate Leadership Council, 2002 Strengths +36.4% Weakness es -26.8%
  39. 39. ACTIVITY: See. Think. Wonder. Image: Todd Rose, The End of Average
  40. 40. Todd Rose – End of Average https://youtu.be/4eBmyttcfU4
  41. 41. ACTIVITY: Pair-Share How does the story of US Air Force pilots relate to education? Discuss with a partner, then share out.
  42. 42. Jagged Learning Profiles Design to the Edges
  43. 43. CC Image From Tony Baldasaro https://flic.kr/p/cDBuUs CC Image from Terry Priest https://flic.kr/p/hrxqQ Find the Fireflies Rachel Macy Stafford
  44. 44. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Meaning SEL Engagement
  45. 45. “To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore people’s confidence” --Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  46. 46. 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
  47. 47. CC Image by Theodore Chenhttps://flic.kr/p/32egeo Make it worth the effort. Narrow the gap.
  48. 48. Resiliency craves confidence
  49. 49. Think like… a coach a director a choreographer a leader
  50. 50. Change the streak. Change the story. CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
  51. 51. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Meaning SEL Engagement
  52. 52. “We cannot motivate others… we can only work to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves.” -- Edward Deci and Richard Ryan Image: http://flic.kr/p/8zWLAj
  53. 53. Strengths-Based Education HOW?
  54. 54. Let it go!
  55. 55. A Strengths-Based Culture
  56. 56. CHOICES Passion Projects Innovation Days Inquiry Project-Based Learning Genius Hour Outdoor Education Blended Learnin
  57. 57. "When there is space for kids to create, connect, explore - magic happens” Neil Stephenson CC Image by Linus Bohman https://flic.kr/p/grtNE
  58. 58. #HypeTheTrench Thomas Haney Secondary School
  59. 59. Club Days Riverside Secondary School Images: Pam Becker
  60. 60. Passion Projects @_MrsBarb
  61. 61. Middle Earth 12 – Glen Thielmann middleearth12.blogspot.ca CC Image from James Losey https://flic.kr/p/nhJsAA
  62. 62. Learning With Strengths – Comox Valley image via BCPVPA http://bit.ly/1LFZQmi
  63. 63. Tapping into the strengths for Lit 12 Video from Naryn Searcy http://bit.ly/1hUGOJG
  64. 64. ACTIVITY: Appreciative Inquiry What are the strengths of our school community (students and staff)? What makes us who we are? What do we do well? List/draw on the chart paper.
  65. 65. Determine the Strengths Observe, be curious Spend time with students Make space for the strengths to come out Character Strengths Survey: www.viacharacter.org
  66. 66. Who are the students? (Leyton Schnellert, 2011) Who am I? Words that describe me: My hopes and dreams for myself: My favourite books/stories: Things I’d like you to know about me Things I like to do when I am alone: Things I am good at or interested in: Things I like to do with my friends: Things I like to do with my family: The easiest way for me to show what I know is: Things I would like to get better at in this class are: THIS IS ME!
  67. 67. ACTIVITY: IDEA Generator We know that connection is key to all that we do. HOW do we bring in the strengths of our students more often in classrooms and school to create better connection and increased engagement? Include new ideas and ideas that you are already doing. Document the ideas on the chart paper. Tape on the wall. Complete a gallery walk to see the ideas of others.
  68. 68. CHANGE
  69. 69. Reflect. Tap into your strengths. Tap into our students’ strengths. Start change with one thing… Now. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Rita M.: http://flickr.com/photos/fotorita/2031523502/
  70. 70. Start with ONE
  71. 71. ACTIVITY: I used to think… but NOW I think…
  72. 72. Create the conditions. Be designers of learning. Neil Stephenson CC Image by Frank Wuestefeld https://flic.kr/p/7yvVKy
  73. 73. Try something new. Take a risk. http://youtu.be/iMzgl0nFj3s
  74. 74. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Meaning SEL Engagement
  75. 75. Start With Strengths. Change the Lens. • Train yourself to see the strengths. • Start with ONE student. Connect through strengths. • Design to the edges of jagged profiles. • Engage through strengths and interests. • Shift school culture one student and one adult at a time. • Start today. Change the story.
  76. 76. Bringing out the BEST in Ashley Video: https://youtu.be/3nZyo-jHr8Q
  77. 77. #startwithstrengths
  78. 78. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com

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