NB: We'd suggest giving tamariki their Strengths Cards worksheets as they finish the survey, to avoid the information influencing their answers.
Email out your class URL or write this on the board. Each tamariki will need a device to complete the strengths finder. Do this together (if you have enough devices) – or separately throughout the day.
When tamariki complete the quiz they will be taken to a page where they can view their results. Once they're there:
- encourage them to download and/or print a copy; and/or
- give them a Strengths Cards worksheet so they can record their results.
It's important that they save and record their results, as these can sometimes be hard to find on the VIA site, but you should be sent an email for each student. If you can't see these, check your spam folder (the joys of technology!).
Give students time to cut out their strengths cards and make the accompanying pouch. This should only take about 15 minutes.
You might also like to get tamariki thinking about how to use their strengths by encouraging them to check out Play To Your Strengths on the All Right? site.
Some tamariki may initially be disappointed by results they don't understand or think are uncool e.g. prudence. If this is the case, help them see the positive side of what may be a new concept or idea. Also, let tamariki know that while they have top strengths, they actually have all 24 strengths – some are just stronger than others. Just because a strength is number 24 on the list, doesn’t mean you don’t possess it, and we can all grow and develop strengths.
It’s also handy to know that behind the scenes, you might have two or three strengths come out with the same top score! It’s better to focus on your top five, aka your ‘signature’ strengths then to get too hung up on what comes in at number one.
Our worksheets contain more child-friendly strength descriptions and these can help too!