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Activities and Exercises - Residential Living


Many of the activities listed are from Gallup's StrengthsQuest web site.  The referenced resources are available to the general public unless otherwise noted.  The page number and name of the resources will be given for each activity so that you can go directly to the particular activity to see the details. This page contains copyright content from Gallup, Inc. Used with permission. Gallup®, StrengthsQuest®, Clifton StrengthsFinder® and the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder theme names and descriptions are trademarks of Gallup, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

60 in 60!
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This document contains 60 different ideas for Strengths-based activities you could use with students. The majority of these activities work best in group situations versus 1:1 situation such as advising or career counseling/ coaching. The activities can take as little as 60 seconds or up to 60 minutes to complete.

Circle of Strengths
Page 20A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity aims to recognize evidence of and discuss the role of their themes of talent in their personal behavior.

Degrees of Talent/ Owning My Strengths
Page 22A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to recognize the personal difficulties associated with affirming their own themes of talent.

I Do it With Ease
Page 54A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students begin to move from reflection and evaluation to application and apply theme-specific strategies to achieve academic success.

Intensify Strength
Page 38A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity will help students begin to actively develop their talent.

International Students Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about the Strengths philosophy and how to use your Strengths as a international student at WTAMU.

Is There A Shadow Side to a Strengths-Based Perspective?
Page 83A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to consider the implications to the application of talents in a negative way.

Major Exploration Guide
Chapters 10 and 11 from the online StrengthsQuest book. Session 12 from Journey Towards Excellence StrengthsQuest for the First-year Experience material found on the public StrengthsQuest folder on WTAMU's G-Drive.

This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Major Exploration' video or on its own to learn more about how to use your Strengths during the major exploration process.

Modeling Theme Dynamics
Page 29A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity expands upon the previous exercise by asking students to consider how all five of their Signature Themes interact and work together.

Moving Beyond Barrier Labels
Page 85A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity is designed to help students think about how they can maximize the positive nature of talents by managing the barrier labels that people often place upon talents.

Myth Smashing Guide

This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Myth Smashing' video or on its own to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

Parents & Families: Strengths Conversation Starters
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This handout gives suggested questions and conversation starters for parents and family members.

Realizing My Potential
Page 36A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students integrate the elements of strength development: talent, skills, and knowledge. Specifically, students identify what talents, skills, and knowledge are required to complete three tasks. This process will help students begin to develop a model of how they can consciously apply their talents to develop strength.

Relationships and Teams Guide
Page 76A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This Guide can be used to learn how you can use your Strengths in your partnerships with others.

StrengthsFinder Reflection
Page 6A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students analyze the content presented in their Signature Theme Report. Talent, Theme, and Strength. This activity helps students understand and develop a common language in which they can discuss natural talents and the development and application of strength.

Studying and Academic Success Guide
Sessions 1-4 and 11 in the Journey Towards Excellence StrengthsQuest for First-Year Experience document located in the public StrengthsQuest folder on WTAMU's G-Drive. Additional content is available in Chapter 7 of the StrengthsQuest online book.

This Guide can be used for tips about how to use your Strengths to make the most out of your study time, as well as how you can use your Strengths to achieve your academic goals.

Talent Development
Page 37A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students are asked to consciously create a strategy to develop one of their Signature Themes. It is imperative that the instructor provide students with timely feedback concerning their efforts to develop their talents.

Talent, Knowledge, or Skill?
Page 35A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students learn that there are three things that contribute to the development of a strength.

Talent, Theme, and Strength
Page 7A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students understand and develop a common language in which they can discuss natural talents and the development and application of strength.

Talent-Based Studying
Page 57A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students continue to move from reflection and evaluation to application and appreciate the role their talents and strengths play in making them their own best educator and learner.

Theme Dynamics - Themes Working Together
Page 28A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students describe how their talent themes work together.

Values Clarification
Page 66A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This exercise provides a basis to have a discussion regarding how values inform all behavior, including our careers. Students will most certainly have different values and in differing order. This particular exercise asks students to evaluate values through the lens of their themes. However, students will also bring values to this discussion from their past experience, including culture and upbringing.

 

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