Identifying, Developing Learning Strengths in Students
“We believe that identification of a student’s learning strengths enables teachers to use that student’s interests and passions to help them get the best out of school. After each student’s schoolwork is done, teachers begin to notice these strengths, so they are able to help students maximize their learning.”
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Education, learning strengths indicates the types of skills and knowledge that each student has and how these strengths match to their personal values, cultural background, reading level, special learning abilities, or their limitations.
“Learning strengths identifies what is important to each student, and then the educator can help the student find opportunities to practice the skills and knowledge she/he needs at school,” notes Sandi Budd, a longtime learning strengths coach and a social worker, health and physical education educator, and professor at Auburn University Montgomery.
Through the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Education, educators have access to and participate in a wide range of state-approved websites and training materials to identify their learning strengths. Most students have a variety of learning strengths, so identifying them and developing strategies to use those strengths daily will foster what Seiler refers to as a rich learning experience.