I have always been an advocate of nurturing the whole child. While academics are at the forefront of our minds as educators, we also recognize that the arts and the development of social-emotional learning, play a vital role too. One feeds into another to develop a successful and confident student. But what about character and personality, what about strengths and weaknesses?
Everyone has individual strengths and weaknesses. Although traditional educational thinking tells us not to mention weaknesses. Let’s consider Marcus Buckingham’s sailboat analogy: a sailboat is taking on water, the holes are your weaknesses. Instinct tells us to bail out the water and patch up the holes. The sails are your strengths, traits that come naturally to you and which you enjoy. By putting more focus and attention on your strengths, you stay afloat and sail forward regardless.
At BISC Lincoln Park we endeavor to make sure that students feel confident and aware of their next steps in learning. We all learn differently and develop different strategies and tools to support ourselves throughout life. Our personalized learning philosophy and curriculum allow us to place strength and focus into our student’s sails whilst carefully supporting them in another areas. Focus on the best learner you can be, focus on your strengths and passions, acknowledge areas to develop, sail forward.
Dougie McNeill is our Learning Resource Leader at BISC Lincoln Park.