Posts Tagged ‘Growth Mindset’

SMART Strengths Operating Together

“What’s your good news?” One of us, Dave, was sitting with a young lawyer and asked this to start the exercise. The young man responded, “We just finished a big arbitration, and I handled the expert witness.” Green Light Responding  We were in a mentoring training for a law firm (the SMART Strengths skills are […]

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Super Story of Growth Mindset by a Woman Engineer

As we note in SMART Strengths, a growth mindset is critical to learning, and teachers, parents, and coaches can help students develop growth mindsets. Both teaching neural plasticity and telling stories that model growth mindsets at work help tip young people (and adults!) away from fixed mindsets and toward growth. Here’s a great story for teachers […]

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Michael Makes a Plan: SMART Strengths and LIFT, Question 4

This post concludes our consideration of how the SMART Strengths skills can help with asking and answering the four questions that the Ryan and Robert Quinn suggest in Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation. The four questions are: What result do I want to create? What would my story be if I were […]

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“Embrace the Suck!”

There’s a great phrase Army personnel use, “Embrace the suck.”  Basically, it means, “Of course the situation is bad, there are obstacles, it’s unpleasant or even deadly. That’s to be expected. Accept it and get on with the job.” Still another layer is the earned pride many soldiers – men and women – feel in […]

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A Teacher’s Experience: Inadequate Lesson or Poor Teacher?

Over the weekend, we posted on our Facebook page a link to this story from a new teacher in England about the effect of one “Inadequate” rating of a lesson from an outside observer. It’s a great opportunity to see how a school leader could use SMART Strengths skills to set this teacher and the […]

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Leadership: The Most Poorly Named VIA Strength

Chris Peterson has summed up the key findings of positive psychology with the three word phrase, “Other people matter.” Simple, but with surprising depth.  A corollary of this principle for groups of people is, “Leaders matter.” Starting with this post, we’re going to consider how SMART Strengths helps generate the leaders and leadership that schools, […]

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Resilience, Character, & Seeing Schools as a Collection of Classrooms

  The idea for this post came from veroskk’s post, “Cheesyness, Culture, and Calculators.” She is a young science teacher in the Mississippi Delta whose vision for her classroom’s culture this year is: “Students leave my classroom with the confidence to follow their dreams; the courage to fail, get up, and try again; the compassion to support and love others; and […]

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SMART Strengths Lessons – Sounder

The SMART Strengths approach focuses on helping adults deepen their own understanding and practice of the SMART Strengths skills, then letting those adults – parents, teachers, and coaches – take those skills to the youth in their lives in appropriate ways. In the class room, that can include education. Marty Seligman in Flourish suggests that a school which seeks “positive […]

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Deep Patterns of Happiness

When we teach SMART Strengths skills, strengths are generally “easy” to teach and the cognitive skills (Flexible & Accurate Thinking, Mindsets) are “hard”.  (Goal setting is also hard, but not like the cognitive skills, and the Relationship Skills are easier. Appreciative Questioning is easier on an interpersonal level than as a process for groups.) Participants like strengths, […]

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