One of the most powerful ways we can help all people to develop resilience is to havre them learn how they can be successful. Extensive research on resilience has found that people thrive when they form relationships that are connecting, protecting and respecting of one another (CPR).
It is now time to take the research on positive education and resilience to empower people to be resilient learners. After years of research I am excited to let you know about a new website www.mylearningstrengths.com that enables people to analyze their learning strengths and receive a free, personalised letter from me outlining their profile.
You might like to complete this for yourself first and then consider how it could be used to benefit other people you know.
Here everyone gets smart!
The aim of www.mylearningstrengths.com is to create communities, families and schools where the message is: Here everyone gets smart. The point is that everyone has learning strengths and they are a different mix for each person. This is why comparing yourself with others in a pointless exercise- you have different brains. It is time to get smart in your own way.
The 300 trillion connections between your brain cells have an amazing amount of processing power. The way your brain processes information is as unique to you as your fingerprints.
All of your life experiences, thoughts, memories, your ancestry and a considerable amount of your future is in the connections inside your head.
The brain cells called neurons don’t just live in your head. Just so you know, have about as many neurons in your stomach as a cat does in its head.
Good News!: You’re Smarter than you think
There is evidence that people are getting smarter. This is partly due to all of the different types of stimulation your brain gets every day compared with your distant ancestors.
Now add to that all of the things you use to increase your brain power- smart phones, You tube clips, TED talks, books, computers- and you have an increase in human potential that has never been seen before.
Using Your Brain to help you be more successful
Success involves working out what you enjoy and are good at and doing more of it. As well as working out what you are not so good at and doing less of it.
Success involves finding the intersection as shown above starting with knowing your learning strengths. This is based on how your brain functions.
Learning how to play to your strengths is a major advantage in life. For example if you are someone who thinks well in pictures (spatial reasoning) you will do best when you write or draw things out. Using flow chats, maps, diagrams, post-it notes and cartoons will help you succeed.
Using Your Strengths to Develop Another area
Let’s say you are someone who has learning strengths in spatial reasoning and also in perceptual/motor skills. Let’s also say for example, an area you are yet to develop in is number smarts.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Learning to use your strength areas to build another requires cross fertilization of skills.
In this example, you might outline number formulas as a series of pictures or movements or you might want to make calculations physical by stepping though a problem or pacing out the dimensions of an issue or imagining the mathematics problem as a series of pictures each needing to be solved.
The Learning Skills Assessment can be accessed at:
This approach is most powerful when teachers and parents receive training in neuro- developmental differentiation. This can be arranged by contacting: