We started our lesson wondering, “Why is it important to notice the Strengths in others?” Through a team investigation in the books we are reading, the second graders at Turtleback Elementary School  in Poway Unified were able to uncover a lengthy list of qualities that make their favorite story book characters strong. Qualities like, loving, curious, brave, trustworthy, and hard working just to name a few. 

As the teams of two worked to uncover the Strengths of their book characters, it was clear that Mrs. Erpelding, Mrs. Ocampo, and Mrs. Brokaw have classes filled with learners showcasing a variety of Strengths. Joe and I were welcomed in with kindness and joy. We noticed students compromising, sharing ideas, and taking risks in working together. 

As we wrapped up our time in each class, we shared our findings and reflected on our initial wondering, “Why is it important to notice the Strengths in others?” What we landed on was better than expected, “When we look for the strengths in people, we help them feel good and we feel good too. We remember them for what they are good at and then we feel good about being together.” 

The 40 minutes we spent with these classes is a reminder of how capable learners are in identifying the good in others, even when we had to dig a bit to find the Strengths of the Troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff. What is equally exciting is that this is the first lesson in a series of 8 (Strengths: What are they and Why do they Matter?) from The Thrively Strengths Vocabulary Project, which has learners deeply engaging in Strengths vocabulary, identifying the Strengths in their community, and celebrating their own Strengths they identify with and understanding why that matters.

If you would like additional information about getting started with the Thrively Strengths Vocabulary Project for your learners, reach out to the Thrively Team today.