Strengths and Weaknesses

GRADES 6-8

Learning Goal

Students will learn the importance of seeing both their strengths and weaknesses and learn steps to face their weaknesses.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand some tools to face a weakness
  • Identify a challenge they face and understand how to ask for help and use courage

Learning Summary

Students can struggle to identify their strengths and weaknesses while understanding how to ask for help and use courage to face challenges. Students will first engage in conversation about their own strengths, weaknesses, and how to ask for help and use courage to face challenges.

This lesson starts with a mindfulness practice in which students focus on their balance. You then introduce the students to the concept that we each have our own strengths and weaknesses and that we each deal differently with the weaknesses. Students then identify their own areas of strength and weakness and consider what they can do about their weaknesses. Students then discuss why it can be difficult to talk about and face our weaknesses. The lesson ends with students journaling about how they can use their own areas of strength to make their schools and communities a better place.

computer icon    Online Teaching Tips for Strengths & Weaknesses

For live or recorded delivery, consider providing time to complete their own Multiple Intelligence quiz (options found in the additional activity).

After students have completed their Multiple Intelligence survey, have them discuss their results as a class or in small groups.

After students have completed their Multiple Intelligence survey, have them journal about their results.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."