Posts Tagged ‘resilience’

Policing our Strengths – Building Productivity and Relationships with the Indiana State Police

Working in law enforcement in the 21st century can be very demanding in a chaotic and challenging world. SMART Strengths has been fortunate to work with the Indiana State Police and most recently with two different groups from the Criminal Investigations Division. This arm of the ISP investigates serious felony complaints and then assist local […]

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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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Thinking & Grieving

This post deals is inspired by a blog post from a fellow MAPPster, Lucy Hone, 2010, who is coping with grief from the death of her 12-year-old daughter, pulling on what she learned from MAPP, and sharing the process with the world. She powerfully rebuts “The Fluffy Fallacy” (that positive psychology is “fluffy” – not […]

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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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Sustaining through a Personal Appreciative Approach

Over the last few posts, we have looked at research indicating the importance of detaching from demanding jobs on a daily basis in order to sustain well-being and commitment, energy and engagement with the work. Teaching is such a demanding job. The question, however, is not “How  can teachers detach?” The question is how can […]

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Sustaining through the School Year and Shadow Sides

Dalton Goodier has a candid post about the effects of his competitive streak on his ability to sustain. It is well worth reading, and we encourage you to drop over and see what Dalton had to say. This post got us here at SMART Strengths thinking about how the shadow sides of strengths can affect […]

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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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Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly on Learning, Performing & Mistakes

(Specific SMART Strengths tips based on this post were included in our most recent newsletter – sign up here and we will send you a copy!) Brian Kelly, third year coach at Notre Dame, is poised to lead the Irish to the NCAA National Championship game on January 7th, 2013. Last summer, just before training camp started […]

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A Strengths & Literature Focus for the Holidays

The SMART Strengths approach to working with schools and school systems is: help the professional team master the SMART Strengths approach for themselves, then support them as they develop ways to integrate this into their work with students, athletes, and their own families. There are tons of possibilities.  Here’s one. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the […]

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