Strengths Based Teaching and Learning. Presented by Carlene Cassidy, Assoc. Professor, Anne Arundel Community College & Diane Sabato, Assoc. Professor, Springfield Technical Community College.
Strengths BasedTeaching and Learning
Carlene Cassidy, Assoc. Professor, Anne Arundel Community College
Diane Sabato, Assoc. Professor, Springfield Technical Community College
Why use this approach?
What are the tools?
Where can I use them?
How can I use them?
What is a strength?A strength is a "capacity for feeling, thinking, and behaving in a way that allows optimal functioning in the pursuit of outcomes".
Snyder & Lopez 2007
Goal - for students to:
How they relate to: Academics Relationships Career Choices
Wisdom and Knowledge: cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge
Courage: emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external or internal
Humanity: interpersonal strengths that involve tending and befriending others
Justice: civic strengths that underlie healthy community life
Temperance: strengths that protect against excess
Transcendence: strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning
Wisdom and Knowledge: Creativity, Curiosity, Open-mindedness, Love of learning; Perspective
Courage: Bravery, Persistence, Integrity, Vitality
Humanity: Love, Kindness, Social intelligence
Justice: Citizenship, Fairness, Leadership
Temperance: Forgiveness and Mercy, Humility/Modesty, Prudence, Self-regulation
Transcendence: Appreciation for beauty and excellence, Gratitude, Hope, Humor, Spirituality
Student examples Tent cards, mid-semester check-ins, setting up teams,"getting to know you" exercises,
Professional development examples Teaching samples, group strength chart, management and leadership
Workforce development examples
Motivation, team building and communication trainings