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:
- Focus on what the student can do.
- Make realistic appraisals and avoid the use of overgeneralizations.
- Look for and give credit for evidence of progress. Don't minimize or discount the positive.
- Positively reframe behaviour.
- Look for the "silver lining" in the students behaviour and start there.
- Work with the factors that you can control.
- 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.
- Be aware of the labels that you use and the projections that you make.