Jenifer Fox, Founding Head of School/Author, Your Child's Strengths (Penguin, 2009)
Discover student strengths to amplify project based learning
location_on Golden Lake Township, United States
Using an online tool and a series of reflective activities, students identify their strengths, their innate positive energies. One identified, students are paired on teams to use their strengths to solve real world problems. Everyone has a contribution to make both to their team and to the success of the project. Using this, we point kids toward their most significant area of contribution.
"When students identify strengths, they are able to make more meaningful contributions to project based learning. They understand how to work in a specific role on a team and find where they are most energized in the project cycle."
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Discover Strengths to Amplify Project Based Learning
At the Delta School, we implement a curriculum that is entirely based on students working on authentic problems and creating projects using Human Centered Design. We do not have any traditional subject offerings. Instead, we integrate all learning into authentic projects, even in high school. We found that sometimes the role students play in the project cycle is fuzzy, so we developed tools to bring clarity to where they will best be able to contribute. These tools help them discover their strengths--the innate qualities that produce positive energy when doing them. We identify relationship strengths, so they can know how to contribute to teams and activity strengths so they know where to plug into projects. This tool aids in the planning of a project as well as the student discovering the unique contribution they can make to the success of the project and the team.
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