If you have a child, you are aware of the countless teaching methods out there. But, not all are created equal.
One coaching method is the strength based coaching method. Artistic Academy uses this method as the foundation of its curriculum. For brevity, I will describe this method and give you the reasons why I personally prefer it to others.
What is the Strength Based Coaching Method?
Strength based coaching has been around for quite some time. It was officially defined in the past couple decades or so. It is a complimentary offshoot of a channel of psychology known as Positive Psychology. In a nutshell, anytime a coach “accentuates the positive” of his player or student, they inadvertently use the strength based coaching method.
Why is it good for my child?
In a nutshell, it accomplishes many things at once.
- Firstly, it give a child the opportunity to learn and master a skill
- It also helps them to discover their strengths
- It then builds confidence based on said strengths
- Then, it teaches them how to use newly discovered strengths in daily life and challenges
- Finally and what I believe is most important, it promotes their esteem
An example from experience
When I was a university student, I double majored in Music Performance (piano) and Psychology.
I remember my first university piano instructor. His teaching method was what I would now consider an outdated method. I would play a piece. He would listen. Then, we would mainly go over what I did “wrong” in my technique, interpretation, etc. We rarely went over things I did right. I would then work on these weaknesses, and revisit next week to see if I fixed those problems.
After a semester of this type of instruction, I felt completely weighed down with my art. I was overwhelmed on what to focus on and my music suffered. My playing style was stilted and tense. I also forgot portions of the pieces I was working on. I took a semester break from music performance and focused on my psych studies. This is a perfect example of why not all teaching methods are equal.
During that break, I heard there was a new professor coming to the music faculty and put my name on his student list. I was accepted and learned the importance of strength based coaching. After just one semester under his mentorship, my playing was more expressive, fluent, and technically articulate. The contrast between the two professors and coaching methods was night and day. I learned first hand the reason why this type of coaching method was so very important. And with my psychology background, I new scholarly reasons why as well.
As you can see, I have given this a lot of thought. I have found Strength Based Coaching works great in association with the natural strengths of Aspergers and non-Aspergers children alike.
What are your thoughts?
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What are your goals for your child’s extracurricular experiences? What personal experiences can you pull from that can help you find the right match for your child?
I would love to hear from you.
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