Strength based learning mimics exactly what we do in “real life.” Adults rarely pursue careers that require them to be average in everything, but instead pursue jobs that areas of interest and strength. For example, I am not a mechanical engineer for good reason, even though I was required to spend as much time on math throughout K-12 as someone who is.
Research shows that a learner allowed to spend the most time studying in areas of strength, tends to perform exponentially better in all areas including the areas of weakness.
I think this is because the learner eventually applies what they learn more substantively in their area of strength, to the areas of weakness. For example, the child who struggles in math may naturally have a strength in science. Given enough time to pursue scientific endeavors, the child will eventually be able to apply what she’s learned to math as well.
It might be the confidence it builds. It might be that the child begins to think about math differently, because of the developmental and educational growth that happens in pursuing interests and strengths.
No matter what the reason, the simple truth is this – a strength based approach works.
The following posts are everything I have ever written about this important topic. I am passionate about helping educators and parents uncover the beauty and success of strength based learning.
Why A Strength Based Approach?
Before I was a homeschooling mom, I was in corporate training and development. What I learned was simple – When a learner is offered to the opportunity to focus on and really use their strengths, their overall performance improves.
This post takes a look at why I think this is such an important topic in education, and the research behind it.
Strength Based Learning – How To Do It
This post includes a free download to help you learn how to discover your child’s strengths, learning style and interest.
A Behind The Scenes Look
I think the best way to answer these questions, and most appropriately define a strength based approach, is to show you what it actually looks like in real life, with real life kids.
This post includes four profiles of real children with different interests, learning styles and strengths – a real life look and strength based learning.
Ready to Get Started With Strength Based Learning?
This parent workbook walks you through everything you need to create a strength based learning plan that really works for your child.
Need more help getting started?
Shawna offers one on one parent support sessions to help you every step along the way. For more information, email [email protected].