SMART Strengths for Success in School
Since the subjective well-being of students (long-term overall happiness), a key component of school success, increases when they perceive teachers to be supportive of them, teachers can help improve student success when they relate to students emotionally, display fairness, encourage student questioning, and recognize students’ academic success by tying it to strengths. More on how to achieve these successes will come later in this chapter, and in Chapter Eight. When students trust their teachers, they tend to more enthusiastically participate in academic assignments and other undertakings.
There are no simple “just add water” programs for academic achievement. Success stems from a combination of teachers and students playing to their respective strengths to develop trust and enhance the classroom partnership. When trust and caring become consistent in the classroom, teachers can help young people aspire to their strengths, in both performance and relational matters, at school. By developing a common strengths language in the classroom, teachers and students become partners in the learning process that creates a climate for increased learning, achievement, and overall satisfaction. Let us follow the SMART investment process to make this a reality.