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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Great Article: The Importance of Taking a Strength Based Perspective by Mary Beth Hewitt

As my role moves from being in my own classroom to supporting my students in other classrooms I am finding that I need to step back and analyze things that I do and believe in so that it can be projected in to my students new environments.  In a self-contained classroom it is easy to take a strength based approach because we do not have some of the same pressures that exist in a classroom full of 30 students who all need to get through the same curriculum in the same amount of time.  It is making me stop and think. I found this great article on the CPI website and wanted to pass it on.

Link to Article: The Importance of Taking a Strength Based Perspective by Mary Beth Hewitt

For some reason the article is cut off at the end and the "Eight Behaviours of the Strengths Based Teacher" table is not included.  It's a great table that lists the eight behaviours as well as examples of framing things from a flaw and strength focus.  The 8 behaviours are:
  1. Focus on what the student can do.
  2. Make realistic appraisals and avoid the use of overgeneralizations.
  3. Look for and give credit for evidence of progress. Don't minimize or discount the positive.
  4. Positively reframe behaviour.
  5. Look for the "silver lining" in the students behaviour and start there.
  6. Work with the factors that you can control.
  7. Look at the whole picture.  It is as important to focus on factors that are present when the misbehaviour does not occur as when it does.
  8. Be aware of the labels that you use and the projections that you make.
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