I can't draw, I can't play an instrument, I can't run a marathon, I can't fly a plane, I can't do algorithms and I can't speak Chinese. If one was to judge me on all the things that I cannot do (and believe me the list is longer than the one I just recited), then one could easily assume that I didn't have any talent, ability or intelligence.
However, I can read, I can write, I love to sing, I can create using wool, material and paper, I can drive a car, I can teach and I can tackle any technological challenge. Putting all of those abilities together, gives me a totally different profile and when looking at what I can do, one can see I have a number of gifts, talents and intelligences.
Consequently, it is tantamount when dealing with children that we primarily look and focus on children's strengths. This is not to say we shouldn't endeavour to rectify any weaknesses, but overall our intention should be to illuminate and showcase what children can do. However being made to do something over and over again that we can't do would be soul destroying to anyone, including me. I continue to say this over and over, success begets success. It is simply common sense. Additionally children will gladly do what the love to do and that they can do. Even when it is difficult, they will still have a go when they excited about what they are doing!
Education should NOT be about destroying the souls of children...it should be about increasing their confidence, helping them to achieve their goals and ultimately reaching their potential. We must continue to make this our focus when we are educating our children! When we achieve this in our classrooms, then we will have children running into our classrooms eager to learn...and I can tell you that this is a lovely picture to see.