As part of Whitfield’s Habits of Heart and Mind program our students recently completed the VIA Institute on Character’s “Youth Strengths Survey.” Based on twenty-four strengths (Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Bravery, Creativity, Curiosity, Fairness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Honesty, Hope, Humility, Humor, Judgment, Kindness, Leadership, Love, Love of Learning, Perseverance, Perspective, Prudence, Self-regulation, Social Intelligence, Spirituality, Teamwork, and Zest), the survey helped the students identify their own, unique strength profiles.
Keeping these self-identified strengths in mind, students wrote the following Six Word Memoirs about one of their strengths.
Made mistakes and now I’m smarter. – Cyrus A.
Stepping up to help other people. – Caitlin A.
Intelligent. Kind. That’s my mind. – Sean B.
Fit in yet stand out, much. – Emma B.
Anger strays, forgiveness rules within me. – Gracie B.
It’s called smart, not sarcastic. – Luci C.
Playing and exploring my vast imagination. – Carolyn F.
Stepping up to help other people. – Melanie G.
Dancing in mirrors, conquering my terrors. – Abigail K.
Bringing smiles to people is important. – Madeline M.
Creative percussionist. But drummer at heart. – Christian S.
Love humor in my life always. – Drew S.
Reader by heart. Reading is love. – Rachael W.