Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things.
Too often, I spend a ton of time, energy and effort focused on what my children can’t do.
I am ashamed to admit it, but it’s true.
Will he ever really learn to read fluently?
Why is it so hard to memorize the times tables when he can complete complex math problems in his head?
When do I need to employ yet another tutor or educational therapist to help “fix” all the things my children cannot yet do?
Before I had my boys, I worked in corporate training and development. As part of my work, I was invited to attend a session at Gallup, as they introduced the concept of “Strengths Based Training.” It was based on the book, StrengthFinders, and the basic premise was this:
Managing and teaching to an individual’s strengths, exponentially increases productivity and learner satisfaction.
Moreover, the research showed that a learner, when allowed to progress in a ‘strengths based’ fashion, increased their overall capabilities, even in the areas that are weaknesses.
The weak areas actually improve significantly, when a strengths-based approach is taken, than when remediation and focus is centered on poor performing topics.