Teaching to Their Strengths

I’m a strong believer in teaching to a child’s strengths. What does this mean? Basically rather than focusing all your time and teaching energy on attempting to help a child who is not great at math to excel at it, focus that time and energy into helping that same child develop their gift for writing. As parents and teachers we tend to focus on the problem areas. Yes, we do want them to at least become proficient in these areas. However, our greatest efforts will be better spent in nurturing the areas in which our children are naturally gifted. When someone constantly points out our faults, we begin to feel that we are a failure and can do nothing well. However, when people show admiration for the talents we have, it builds confidence and we feel that even the things we struggle with are not so hard as before.