Strength-based Approach

“Strengths-oriented teaching represents a paradigm shift for many instructors. Rather than focusing on students’ deficits and attempting to remediate them, strengths-oriented teaching recognizes the talents students bring to the learning environment and uses those talents as the foundation for learning – and for addressing academic challenges. Strengths-oriented teachers, above all else, believe their students are capable of learning under the right conditions and attempt to create those conditions in their classrooms.”

Laurie A. Schreiner, Strengths-Oriented Teaching, 2014 

The INCLUDE program aims to integrate awareness and appreciation of student strengths into advising, instruction, and course design. Courses that are part of the INCLUDE program (I-Courses) will feature multiple modes of teaching, learning, and assessment and will provide ways for students to personalize their learning to use their strengths for success. I-Courses are being piloted during the Fall 2020 semester. 

Learn More about Your Strengths

The following resources may help you to learn more about your strengths and areas of development. 

VIA Personality Test | Character Strengths Survey (free)

Neurodiversity Strengths Checklist (free)

Neurodiversity App | Do-IT Neurodiversity Profiler ($)

Please note: These links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. UConn Civil and Environmental Engineering is not affiliated with these resources. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.