Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them; A Guide for Parents and Teachers

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With this groundbreaking work, educator Jenifer Fox is poised to change the conversation about education in America. For too long, parents and teachers have focused on identifying and "fixing" kids' weaknesses to improve academic performance. Passionately written and informed by Fox's twenty-five years of experience, Your Child's Strengths turns that flawed paradigm on its head. Fox's strengths-based philosophy provides the tools to prepare kids for the future in a world that ...
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Overview

With this groundbreaking work, educator Jenifer Fox is poised to change the conversation about education in America. For too long, parents and teachers have focused on identifying and "fixing" kids' weaknesses to improve academic performance. Passionately written and informed by Fox's twenty-five years of experience, Your Child's Strengths turns that flawed paradigm on its head. Fox's strengths-based philosophy provides the tools to prepare kids for the future in a world that demands greater adaptability and creative thinking than ever before.

Your Child's Strengths will give parents and teachers the tools to discover strengths in three main areas: Activity Strengths, the tasks that make you feel engaged and energized; Relationship Strengths, the things you do for and with others that make you feel valued and competent; and Learning Strengths, the unique ways you approach and understand new information. All three strengths work in tandem.

Pairing inspiring firsthand accounts of success with practical workbook tools and an outline of the award-winning Affinities Program Fox has implemented at her own school, this much-needed book is a user-friendly guide for parents, teachers, and administrators that will improve individual performance and an indispensable road map for young people and society to a future that plays to strengths.

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Prominent educator Jenifer Fox counsels parents to think positively. She deplores schools where students are treated as defective learning engines waiting to be fixed. In this book, she describes a strengths-based teaching philosophy that bolsters self-esteem, creativity, and adaptability. She identifies three essential dimensions of this mastery: activity strengths, relationship strengths, and learning strengths.
Michael Riera
Your Child's Strengths puts in plain view what has been in front of us all along – that education and character development always do best to first identify and deepen strengths, rather than to first (and too often exclusively) focus on deficit and weaknesses. Fox's approach is more interesting, more effective, and ultimately more humane. (Michael Riera, author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You, and How To Hear What They're Really Saying)
Christopher Peterson
Jenifer Fox has vision, passion, intelligence, and experience. All show in Your Child's Strengths, which contains a wealth of practical ideas for parents and educators who want to encourage among children the strengths that make possible the good life. (Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology)
Patrick F. Bassett
Your Child's Strengths is a tonic for the regret one feels for all the children burdened by schools and a world preoccupied by weaknesses rather than strengths. Countless compelling stories illustrate vividly the theme, that focusing on children's strengths is the roadmap for all parents and teachers to give what we want inherently wish to provide: a means for children to find their own path. The Strengths Inventory and Affinities Program curriculum in the Appendix offer a remarkably practical means to start down the path and are worth a read by themselves, but then you would miss the journey of revelation the book evokes. (Patrick F. Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools)
Edward Hallowell
This is a brilliant, innovative, enormously practical, and hugely important work. Where positive psychology and strength-based philosophies usually stumble, this book soars, namely, in practical application. If teachers and parents would all read this and implement its suggestions, our broken educational system would be fixed in no time. Truly, this book could change the world. (Edward Hallowell, M.D. author of Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood to Adulthood and Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder)
Dan Kindlon
Your Child's Strengths contains clear, interesting, step-by-step techniques for identifying and utilizing children's cognitive and emotional strengths - an excellent starting point for any parent, teacher, or student who wants to take the more effective step of focusing on assets rather than liabilities. The wisdom contained in this remarkable volume will be a godsend, not only for those who are just beginning to try to understand a child's learning style but also for those already battered by a misguided an educational system. (Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys )
Jonathan Mooney
When I was labeled ‘learning disabled,' the educational system tried everything to fix me, from giving me purple-colored reading glasses to putting me through hundreds of hours of remediation. Through all these efforts to fix what was supposedly wrong with me, my strengths, gifts, and talents were not simply neglected or ignored, but negated. Jenifer Fox has taken a groundbreaking and important stand against the standardized deficit and remediation education that dominates the lives of millions of students. Philosophical yet extremely practical, innovative yet grounded in solid research on effective pedagogy, Your Child's Strengths is a must read for any student, parent and educator. (Jonathan Mooney author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal and Learning Outside the Lines)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400136681
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Currently the head of the Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey, Jenifer Fox has worked as a teacher and administrator for twenty-five years.

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator and actor. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, and her narration of Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction     1
The Weakness Habit     5
The Face of Weakness     7
Standardization and the Weakening of the Individual     29
The High Cost of a Brand-Name College     37
Learning Disabilities for Dummies     46
The Myth of Adolescent Rebellion     60
A Strengths Awakening     69
Your Three Types of Strengths     74
Setting the Stage for Discovery and Development     96
Strengths are for Younger Kids, Too     119
Barriers and Bridges: Making the Strengths Life Possible     138
This Approach is for Life     154
Create Your Future, Play to Your Strengths Workbook     161
How it Works     171
Activity Strengths     178
Relationship Strengths     196
Learning Strengths     217
Looking to the Future     232
Is This the Answer to Our Future?     236
Acknowledgments     238
Appendixes
My Strengths Inventory: Hat, Vest, Shoes     243
The Affinities Program     259
Resources     328
Index     335
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