Building a Strengths Vocab

Source: VIA Institute

Building a classroom culture of enthusiasm, respect, and love of learning begins on day one. This application of the VIA Character Strengths allows teachers to begin the year off on a positive and strong footing that will also inspire students far beyond the classroom. Building a Strengths Vocabulary begins with the distribution of a list of 12 of the 24 VIA Character Strengths to each Individual in class. students are assigned the task of taking the list home and asking a variety of people what the words mean. students write out the various answers that they get and bring the list back to class after two weeks for a discussion of strengths, creation of class definitions, and the continual use of the vocabulary/concept throughout the year.


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