Your Child's Strengths: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Your Child's Strengths: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

by Jenifer Fox


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With this groundbreaking work, renowned educator Jenifer Fox argues against the flawed and maddening paradigm that "fixing"kids' weaknesses is the way to achieve success. Rather, Fox promotes focusing on kids' natural inclinations in three interdependent areas: Activity Strengths, Relationship Strengths, and Learning Strengths. Pairing inspiring firsthand accounts of success with practical workbook tools, alongside an outline of the award-winning strengths-based Affinities curriculum Fox has implemented in her own school, Your Child's Strengths is a user-friendly and indispensable guide for parents, teachers, and administrators alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143115175
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,292,682
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jenifer Fox, M.Ed., has worked in day and boarding schools, single-sex and coed schools, as a teacher and administrator for twenty-five years. She is currently head of the Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and M.A. in English from Middlebury College, and a M.Ed. in school administration from Harvard University. She lives in Pottersville, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Weakness Habit 5

Chapter 1 The Face Of Weakness 7

Chapter 2 Standardization And The Weakening Of The Individual 29

Chapter 3 The High Cost Of A Brand-Name College 37

Chapter 4 Learning Disabilities For Dummies 46

Chapter 5 The Myth Of Adolescent Rebellion 60

Part 2 A Strengths Awakening 69

Chapter 6 Your Three Types Of Strengths 74

Chapter 7 Setting The Stage For Discovery And Development 96

Chapter 8 Strengths Are For Younger Kids, Too 119

Chapter 9 Barriers And Bridges: Making The Strengths Life Possible 138

Chapter 10 This Approach Is For Life 154

Part 3 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


A My Strengths Inventory: Hat, Vest, Shoes 243

B The Affinities Program 259

C Resources 328

Index 335

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