Strengths and Weaknesses Teacher Resources
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Appreciating You and Me
Focusing on personal strengths is one way to help learners boost their self-esteem. They discuss the similarities and differences between themselves and their classmates. Then, work on figuring out what their personal strengths are and how to keep them in mind everyday.
Jobs I Like At Home and At School
Students explore jobs at home. They name a personal strength, indicate interests, and explain the importance of jobs to home and school.
Personal Strengths, Talents and Goals
It's important to discuss individual strengths, goals, and talents. With a partner, fourth graders create a PowerPoint presentation of one of their classmates, showcasing their goals and talents. They then complete a worksheet showing their own strengths and talents. A great way to build your classroom community.
Young scholars investigate their personal strengths by writing in a journal. In this resume building lesson, students discuss their accomplishments and weaknesses by completing journal entries. Young scholars list their three favorite skills and view example resumes in order to create a final draft resume.
Seventh graders explain their understanding of their strength and how it is helpful in a group situation. They also complete graphic organizers by writing at least four of their own personal strengths. Students write about their experiences in a group in their journals as a follow-up to the lesson.
Why I Am Me Timeline
Students make a timeline of themselves and a timeline of the world. In this timelines lesson plan, students use the internet to research 16 different important events that occurred during the time given to them.
The Bus Ride Teacher's Guide
Students examine and respond to the text, The Bus Ride. In this African-American literature lesson, students explore pre-reading questions that focus on fairness of laws. Students read the text based on Rosa Parks and answer 11 post-reading questions. Students participate in literature circles and respond to several questions through oral discussions or journal entries.
What's Special About Me?
Students identify personal strengths that can help them cope with events in life like 9/11. They address two factors that have been demonstrated by research studies to assist students in adapting to and coping with stress. Students are given a body outline and they are asked to draw the parts of themselves they like the best.
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
Full Esteem Ahead
Does having higher self esteem encourage learners to take better care of themselves? It absolutely does! Does having high self esteem mean that one likes everything about themselves? No, but that they like most things and can work to improve parts they are not quite so happy with. An individual's level of self esteem changes over time, but it is important to help young learners understand the ebb and flow and having good self esteem overall. There is a good amount of information, a self inventory worksheet, and a couple of activities in this lesson.
Present Your Career
What do you want to be when you grow up? That's a big question that could have a lot of different answers. Eleventh and twelfth graders use the Internet to explore various career options based on their personal strengths and interests. They use their findings to create an informational presentation which they will share with the class.
College Planning for Hight School Freshmen
High school Freshmen discuss what they can do now to prepare for a college. They take an interest survey, identify possible career opportunities, then compare these to their results from the Jung Typology Test. They review college entrance exams, develop a career plan, customize a college roadmap, and create a college portfolio. All necessary links are included.
Whether you are working on a brief story, or sending your class off to compose novels, this resource will be a useful tool for building characters. Writers map out their character by describing looks, characteristics, personality, inner journey, conflicts, and a pivotal scene. This is for developing one character at a time, so mulitple copies will be necessary for multiple characters.
Dream a Little Dream: My Future
What will the future hold? How can I make my dreams come true? Since learners don't have fairy god mothers, they'll need to develop strong goal-oriented plans. They concoct ideas of their dream life, determine the type of income needed to have that life, then consider the careers and education they'll have to pursue to make their dreams come true.
Taking Care of Business
Young adults consider the application of technology and communication in the business and management career cluster. They research careers in the cluster and discuss what skills are required to be successful. They use their findings to create a poster on business careers.
Students explore their own self concept. They draw a picture of themselves, read a story, and write a story that has a character like themselves. Afterward, they write and illustrate their stories in PowerPoint.
Eighth graders examine the personal accomplishments and challenges of themselves and a selected adult. They conduct an interview with an adult and develop a timeline of their significant events, and create a personal timeline charting and illustrating strengths and achievements that helped them overcome challenges.
I Am Special
Students identify and discuss an attribute that makes them special and unique. The teacher interviews each student about their interests and skills, writes the answers down on a "Puzzle Person," cut apart the puzzle to create an individual puzzle, and discuss the similarities and differences between themselves and their classmates.
Control the Classroom from Day One
Avoid the beginning-of-the-year scramble by having a strategy for the first few days of school.
Students use online self-assessment inventories to aid them in making career decisions. In this career decisions lesson plan, students visit the given website and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Students complete an online self-assessment inventory and explore categories they score high in. Students make a written comparison of their activity and choose three areas to improve upon.