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Growth Mindset VS Focus on Strengths?

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In the nature journal community, we love to use our “Growth Mindset” so we can get better at things we’re not good at (yet). But another approach is “Strength-based Learning,” where we build self-esteem by identifying the skills that come easily to us. At first glance, these two approaches seem to be at odds with each other. How can we use them together?

I presented this topic at a meeting of the Nature Journal Educators' Forum with John Muir Laws back in August. I've been thinking about these ideas for a long time, and I'm thrilled to finally have a chance to share them with you!

This isn't just for educators -- no matter who you are, this useful and thought- provoking discussion can help you cultivate a growth mindset AND focus on your strengths in your own life.

If we want to bring our dreams for the future of nature into reality, we want to apply our individual skills and "gifts" in the most effective way.

What are the things that energize you and bring you joy, at the SAME TIME as you help others in the world around you? Leave a comment below if you'd like to share your thoughts with our community!

Have an adventure this week!



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