Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student
Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach
There are some 60 million students in the United States, but the rate for graduation from high school in 2007 was 68.6 percent—a proportion below that of most developed nations. Strengths-based systems could help American students better compete against their peers in an increasingly globalized and challenging world.
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This book explains how a teaching system focused on identifying and stoking each student's strengths—rather than concentrating on deficits—can bring remarkable academic improvement and achievement.
It's a familiar and seemingly logical model: to improve performance, identify weaknesses and target these problem areas. Could doing the opposite be a better way? Licensed clinical psychologist Elsie Jones-Smith argues that strengths-based systems are indeed more effective—not just in social work, where the philosophy became popular; or in the business world, where the concept is increasingly being embraced—but in the academic setting as well.
Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New, Strengths-Based Approach explains how and why a system that focuses on students' strengths enables kids to be self-confident, goal-directed, and to possess a stronger sense of self-efficacy, self-control, and academic achievement. Jones-Smith also explains how such a system spurs appreciation and advancement of multiple intelligences, which in turn gives students the ability to address weaknesses—on their own. Another plus: this approach has also been shown to generally reduce school disciplinary actions and increase class attendance time.
- Contains 25 teaching strategies that are part of the strength-based program
- Offers powerful vignettes to illustrate key points
- Details the five core elements of successful, strengths-based schools
- Contains suggested activities for parents to push for a school to use this strengths-based system
- Relevant to school professionals, parents, and general readers alike