10 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing the idea of building from strengths-it seems such an easy way to begin yet so many don’t. Now that I’ve read this, I’m inspired and thought of this quote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
    Maya Angelou
    Poet, Dancer, Producer, Playwright, Director, Author
    Thanks for inspiring me and the readers here to do better as we build from strengths…

  2. Reagan Weeks

    This article is an example of a simple idea that can transform the culture in our schools/divisions and improve teacher efficacy. Thanks for this George. We have one of the most remarkable heterogenous public education systems in the world. Using an appreciative inquiry approach shouldn’t be to hard, because as you say, our teachers are performing miracles in the classroom everyday.
    P.S. I am going to make myself one of those charts today.

  3. Thanks for this post! I couldn’t agree more, in fact, the Dylan William quote you chose is a part of my email signature. Like an Olympic athlete, we should always be looking for ways to grow and improve our skill set. It has nothing to do with not already being good enough, or we wouldn’t be where we are.

  4. Thanks for this post, George. It’s all about reframing our thinking. It’s essential to think from a “sea of strengths” model. Think about the words we use when talking about students on the Autism Spectrum. We often hear words like “perseverations,” and “obsessions,” words with strong negative connotations. When we instead focus on strengths, we are actually talking about “fascinations” and “interests.” Isn’t that a better way to think about the students in our classrooms?

  5. Victoria

    This makes me think of a quote from
    I’m not sure, please feel free to share his name if you go. I feel it’s from a man
    But his name escapes me.
    Anyway here it is;
    No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care!

  6. Wishing I could bottle your transformational thinking to give to the amazing #EduHeroes who work so hard each and every day at our school for our kids only to ‘leave’ most days feeling discouraged and depleted. What needs to be ‘fixed’ always seems to outweigh the ‘what’s going well’ (strengths) even though every single ‘boot’ on campus is giving their all to make the impossible possible. Thanks for the inspire and for your dedication to helping us shift our thinking and our mindsets!

  7. MR

    A very wise teacher mentor told me that I’m not a real teacher until I can name 10 things about every student that directly contributes to their ability to learn and use that knowledge wisely to craft a secure and effective learning space.

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