• We will bring in outside resources as necessary to help all children in our pro-
gram reach social and emotional competency when we have exhausted our own
1.What are your long-term goals for the children in your class? Twenty years from
now,what kind ofpersonal qualities would you like to see in them?
2. Are there any connections between the six strengths and what you want for
children? Describe them.
3.Look at each ofthe six strengths from a parent’s point ofview.How might a par-
ent who values independencedescribe each ofthe six skills? How might a parent
who values interdependencedescribe each ofthe six skills?
1. Take a closer look at a challenging child in your group. Which of the six
strengths are they lacking? What is the relationship between the behavior that is
driving you crazy and that strength or strengths? Which strengths is the child
2. Looking either at that same child or another challenging child in your group,
explore whether the behavior that bothers you might be a cultural difference in
expectations between school and home. Might you value independence while
the family emphasizes interdependence? Might you expect more interdepend-
ence while the family guides the child toward more independence? How can you
find out what the family’s expectations are?
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