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LESSON PLAN – Strengths And Weaknesses

Theme – Developing Myself

CAREER SKILLS – Self Development

KEY SKILLS – Communication, Problem Solving, Working With Others, Improving Own Learning and
Performance

WORK RELATED LEARNING – Learning For Work

COMPETENCIES – *ai, *aii, *aiii, *ci, *cii, *di, **ei, **eii, **eiii, **eiv, **evi, ***fiv, ***kvi, ****li,
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SUGGESTED SUBJECT AREA – Personal Development, English, Social Studies

Learning Outcomes

By completing this task students will be able to:

• Use negotiation and interpersonal skills to collect strengths and weaknesses statements that apply to
them.
• Demonstrate an awareness of themselves.

Preparation and Materials

• Copies of Info Sheet “Strengths And Weaknesses” for each student or one between two.
• A set of “Strengths And Weaknesses” cards per group. These should be shuffled to avoid all blank
cards coming together in a pack.

Method

1. Give out copies of the Info Sheet to students.


2. Explain the aim of the exercise using the learning outcomes on the Info Sheet.
3. Put the students into secure groups of up to 8 members and issue a set of cards to each group.
4. Remind the students before starting that they can “pass” if asked to reveal something they do not wish
to talk about.
5. Run through the explanation of the card game with them.
6. Observe and support the groups as they play the game.
7. Ask the students what they have learned from the lesson.
8. Summarise the main learning outcomes.

Extension Activity

• Encourage students to write their strengths and weaknesses in the Personal Education Plan (PEP).
• Remind the students of the Key Skills. ask each group to select one strength/weakness card for each
Key Skill.
Learning Outcomes: By completing this task you will be able to:

• Use negotiation and interpersonal skills.


• Select strengths and weaknesses which apply to you.
• Show that you know your true self.

INFO SHEET – Strengths And Weaknesses

• Your teacher will give your group a set of cards.


• Your group must appoint a dealer who shuffles, deals one card to each of
you and then puts the remaining cards in a pile face down on the table.
• Think about the card you have been given and how it reflects your
personality, as either a strength or a weakness. If the card means
something to you, KEEP IT.
• Starting to the left of the dealer each member of the group, in turn has
the chance to reject their card and put it face down underneath the pile,
and replace it with another from the top of the pile.
• If you get a blank card you can write in strengths or weaknesses of your
choice.
• Then, in turn each one of you has to pick up another card which you can
either keep or out back under the pile and replace it with another from
the top until all the cards are picked up.
• You can only reject one card in each turn.
• The exercise is complete when all the cards have been used, although it is
likely that some cards may not be acceptable to anyone.
• Everyone in the group then shows their selection of cards to the rest of
the group and, in turn, each of you explains your choice of strengths and
weaknesses cards.
• Other members of the group may ask you to give examples e.g.

• Honest – found $5.00 and handed it in to the school office


• Ambitious – want to compete in the Olympics
• Indecisive – took an hour to decide what to wear last
Saturday

• When you have all had your turn, discuss any changes you would like to
make to your selections.
• Think about what you have learned as a result of this game.
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AMBITOUS WELL MANERED

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SYMPATHETIC AGGRESSIVE

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CANNOT ACCEPT
CHEERFUL
CRITICISM
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GOOD WITH WORDS DISLIKE ADVICE

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ADVENTUROUS HELPFUL

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CAN WORK OUT GOOD TIMEKEEPER


PRIORITIES

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HAPPY LACKS PATIENCE

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CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS


DECISIVE
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INDECISIVE GENEROUS

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IMPATIENT TOLERANT

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GOOD AT SPORT WELL DRESSED

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CLEAN AND TIDY MISERABLE

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HARD WORKING
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SUPPORTIVE TACTFUL

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LIKES TEAMWORK CONSIDERATE

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SENSE OF HUMOUR INDEPENDENT

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FULL OF FUN HONEST

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INTELLIGENT
WELL BEHAVED
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CAN ACCEPT
CAN MAKE DECISIONS
CRITICISM

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WELL ORGANISED GOOD LISTENER

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GOOD WITH NUMBERS LAZY

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USES COMMON SENSE RELIABLE

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CAN SEND AND CAN SET OWN


RECEIVE E-MAIL TARGETS
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CAN RECOGNISE
PUNCTUAL
DIFFICULTIES
AND ASK FOR

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SHOWS INITIATIVE SHOWS LEADERSHIP

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FRIENDLY PREFERS WORKING


ALONE

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OBSERVANT EASILY LED

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RELIGIOUS LIKES TO BE TOLD


WHAT TO DO
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CAN FOLLOW
GOOD AT TEAMWORK
INSTRUCTIONS

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CAN SEARCH FOR CAN DRAW CHARTS


INFORMATION AND GRAPHS
ON CD ROMS

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CAN EXPLAIN IDEAS CAN USE THE


INTERNET

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PLEASANT EVENTEMPERED
APPEARANCE

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