What I really liked was how student's were introduced to these smarts. One of the activities I learned about and did was make a class brain. Simple enough; every child made a play dough snake. These were piled up to make the brain. The crucial part was then to map the class strengths. After compiling surveys and talking about and finding our own strengths, they were written on a flag and put on the brain. The idea is that students not only recognize each others' strengths but they know where to go to for help in these areas. :)
What I really wished for with these lessons is to create a kinder and more understanding classroom environment; one where students recognize their own and other's strengths and also recognize that each of us needs help from others in different areas and that is OK.
Interesting that it is your fastidious kids who really find it difficult coming up with things they are good at.
And a more recent portrait of us all!
Thanks to Elma at Schuel Stoff for inspiring me to do another post. The intentions are always present, it is the actual work that is a bit difficult.