What is Strengths-Based Approach?
Many educational institutions as well as corporations are embracing “strengths” as a concept to fuel “ownership” of individual and corporate success. The emphasis in many institutions today is to identify student and employee “strengths;” then give individuals opportunities to confirm their strengths through work or class endeavours. This innovative approach to empowering people is commonly called a “strengths-based” approach.
Educators, as well as students, have much to learn from appreciating individualised strengths. Teachers who teach to students’ individual learning strengths (i.e. natural learning preferences), may find that students are retaining more new information and increasing their understanding of the subject matter. Teachers may also find students to be more motivated to achieve and more apt to move from one year to the next as opposed to dropping out.
TeachingKeys™ has comprises of three components that are essential in enabling a teacher to identify, appreciate and capitalise on their natural learning and teaching strengths. It includes profiling exercises that identify the individual’s “style” and how he/she can maximise strength and manage limitations.
- Personality Style
(Communication and Motivation Preferences)
- Perceptual Learning Style
- Cognitive Thinking Style
Principles Behind TeachingKeys™
- Every individual has natural strengths that are unique of that individual
- Individuals who operate in their areas of strengths tend to be more motivated
- Individuals who can recognise their strengths early on, will be better prepared to make life’s most critical decisions
- Strengths can be discovered, developed and optimally deployed
- Teachers who teach to student’s individual learning strengths (i.e. natural learning preferences), may find that students are retaining more new information and increasing their understanding of their subject matter