Much of school focuses on deficits — what students don’t know, what they can’t do, what they need to fix — and, so is it any wonder that many end their high school educations convinced that they’re not ready for the world that awaits them?
Research points us in a different direction.
Learning endures when students are emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually engaged and when they feel safe, seen, and supported. Students who build on strengths rather than focusing on deficits end up with deeper and more enduring learning. (Lopez and Louis
And this isn’t just about making teens feel better about themselves (though that is a noble and necessary goal as well). It’s that when we start with strengths, students are more capable of improving what needs improving.
At the Mastery School, we put these insights into practice in our various programmatic elements, including Wayfinding
. We offer an individualized journey that allows students to weave their strengths into and work on their growing edges throughout their educational experiences.