For parents and teachers who care, instructing children includes helping them find and develop their unique skills so every individual can grow as a whole person. Sadly, too many educators—and even well-meaning parents—fall into the trap of thinking that every individual should grow up to fit the high-paying-corporate-job model of “success,” that everyone should be “grade A” at everything, and that the best approach is to push improvement of weaknesses while taking strengths for granted. While this stress-and-pressure approach may help some children become “successful,” it will leave almost anyone frustrated, feeling inferior, and disgusted with the whole idea of learning.
Focusing on natural strengths is a far better way to build effective individuals—and effective teams that are more than the sum of their members’ individual skills. Here’s how to maximize a strengths-based approach.
DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL STRENGTHS AT SCHOOL
At Shady Oak Primary, we believe that every child is a unique individual, and that a school’s job is to help everyone grow and develop into their best selves—not to squeeze every student into the same achievement mold. This philosophy undergirds all our classes and programs. If you agree that your children deserve to become their own best selves and make their best possible individual contributions to society, contact us today to learn more!
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!