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Learn to Use Your Strengths to Support Efficient Learning


Social-Emotional Learning/Growth Mindset Universal Design for Learning All Ages Strategy

Learn to Use Your Strengths to Support Efficient Learning

Passion is the great slayer of adversity. Focus on strengths and what you enjoy
— Charles Schwab

Help students become more aware of their strengths so they can learn how to use them to support weaker skills.

How To Apply It!

  1. Build confidence and ease in using strengths to solve problems. Together with your student, read the primer that corresponds with your student's Mindprint strengths to find ways to apply their strong skills.
  2. Offer positive feedback on how the student has used a strength successfully and resulted in a good outcome.
  3. Help the student create awareness of how he is using his strengths while he works. For example, if the student is solving a math problem, you might ask, "Why did you choose that strategy...?" "Why do you think it worked?" "Where else could you use that skill?"
  4. When ready, try a similar approach in an area where the child has more difficulty. Have a specific strategy in mind that you want the child to use. Reflect back to, "Remember when we did the math problem. You tried it that way. Maybe we can do the same thing here..."

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

With enough practice in areas where they already have confidence, children will eventually feel comfortable being open to new ideas and trying new approaches in areas that are difficult. Adults should expect to help students identify the best strategies based on their specific combination of strengths, needs, interests and personalities.