We’re thrilled to be a partner of so many incredible schools pioneering personalized learning. One of those schools is Feaster Charter in Chula Vista, CA. A group of Feaster educators recently took our Thrively Strengths Assessment. Read their awesome blog here and see if it inspires you and your classroom to implement interest-based learning in the classroom.
Click here to read P21’s recent newsletter describing how Feaster Charter is using Thrively to discover students’ strengths!
Feaster Charter using Thrively in their classroom
As the New Year begins, holiday craziness winds down, and Spring Break seems like it is an eternity away, we celebrate the Hunt for Happiness Week–because who doesn’t need a happiness booster every once in a while? This week-long holiday generally takes place the third full week of January and calls for even the happiest of people to seek out his/her sources of fulfillment in life. We encourage all people to focus on things that make them truly happy this week, whether that be art, music, self-reflection, or exploration. This week is about finding the best and happiest version of yourself- and at Thrively we want to help students do the same!
We understand that a child’s or student’s happiness is driven by their passions, but how can they identify these passions? Luckily, we have created a course to do so! Passion Projects are student-driven projects where kids can interact with whatever makes them the most passionate. They identify a question they find interesting, spend time interacting and researching that question, and have a product or presentation at the conclusion of the project to show how they spent their time. Passion projects could range from being a research project, a hobby exploration, advocating for a cause, exploring a career — really whatever makes them happiest.
Thrively wants to help your child or student on their path to seeking ultimate happiness. Our lesson “Hunt for Happiness” allows students to hone in on their social-emotional skills, discovering what makes them feel free and confident. Through a series of exercises and reflections, students will be able to find out what triggers happiness — like music!
Not happy yet? Well, how about we fill your “bucket” then. Heard of Bucket-filling? We hadn’t either until we came across this awesome happiness-lesson called “If Every Bucket was Full” to equip your students or children with the tools needed to maintain positive perspectives – necessary for everyday situations! Try out this free lesson and fill those buckets on your path to a happier life!
A shout out to our friend, Brandy Wortinger for featuring Thrively on her blog and creating this awesome video showing how Thrively enables Genius Hour!
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Research confirms that a student’s success is driven by non-academic factors such as their character, parental support and the level of hope + engagement they feel within school. Districts and schools have generally addressed this by trying to implement point programs (ex. advisory, life skills classes, interventions) in the face of increasing accountability for student performance in core subjects. Thrively is changing this dynamic by introducing a new, holistic approach for student learning. Strengths-Based Education (SBE) incorporates social/emotional learning, student career, and interest exploration and student-centered learning (or student-directed projects) into a cohesive pedagogy that helps students find relevance in school and life.
Strengths-Based Education is successful when students have:
- Built a growth mindset;
- Developed 21st Century Skills and habits;
- Identified multiple, exciting post-secondary pathways; and
- Strengthened their social support structures.
These goals can be accomplished when students’ K-12 journey includes a thoughtful implementation of SBE that is truly 360 degrees in nature. In other words, it must proactively include parents, community and out-of-school time. No component of SBE exists by itself. They are inter-related and non-linear. Thrively enables Strength-Based Education through our platform, taking students, teachers, and parents through the entire process. Our Strength Assessment helps students discover their character strengths and is the starting point for social-emotional learning. Students then identify their interests and career aspirations through our Pathways, Videos, and Activities. Finally, educators turn their students’ interests into true “student-centered learning” by facilitating projects. Explore what Strengths-Based Learning can do for your students at Thrively.
Get Started With Strengths-Based Education
A Career Exploration Roadmap
Hi Thrively Community!
My name is Jerry Blumengarten. You may know me for my website, Cybrary Man, where I’ve curated over 20,000 relevant links for students, teachers, administrators & parents or because on Twitter as @cybraryman1 where I regularly share my resources on many of the chats. I taught in the New York City schools for 32 years and I have always been passionate about helping kids figure out their interests and careers. I couldn’t be happier to contribute to the Thrively mission and doing what I can to add to the community!
Career Exploration… Already?
Parents and teachers need to not only talk to children even at an early age or grade but listen to them about their future choices, career options and life as an adult. We should not wait until a child is in the last year of high school to decide about what they are interested in and their future plans. Learning about why people work, what work is like and the skills needed to be successful will help children on their road to successful futures. I’ll talk about career exploration in a series of posts starting with my first topic, “self-discovery.”
To prepare children for their future we should start by having them do a self-examination and unearth their true interests, values, and aspirations. At the elementary and even middle school level children should reflect more on their likes, interests, and hobbies to learn more about themselves. At this time they are starting to uncover their personality traits. Children need to understand how they got to this point in their lives and begin thinking ahead to where they may be in the future. So, start with Thrively’s Strength Assessment, this helps students identify their aspirations and interests. Thrively’s Pathways, Sparks and Activities tabs then allow students to do a deep dive into the specifics of each.