Thrively- An Open Door to Strength Based Learning and Students Are Running Through
Diving into lessons inspired by the SuperYou FUNdation, students have been on a mission this year to discover exactly what makes them super. I knew Thrively could potentially play a role in this self discovery as I witnessed this occur with my students last year. When Mrs. Mack’s third graders logged on for the first time, they certainly made my assumption a reality. As the shift in education towards strength and passion based learning becomes stronger, so does the need for a digital approach in reaching these areas for students. Thrively is providing just that.
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After Mrs. Mack created her class roster, her students were able to log on with ease. Then came that familiar magic. Each third grader began the strength assessment, an assessment like nothing they had experienced before.
Students were immediately engaged especially since the beginning of the assessment began with a young boy in a cape. I believe this affirmed their real life superhero existence and the potential each holds to be awesome. Right off the bat, they were deeply involved with each question and quickly realized the only content was them, the only opinion that mattered was theirs, and no one was grading a thing.
Soon after, a strength profile appeared that sparked a similar reaction to what I witnessed in my former students. Although the language is a bit sophisticated for their age level, we encouraged asking for assistance so they could interpret each strength as well as the description effectively. Students felt free to seek help as they were hungry for knowledge about themselves. Who wouldn’t be?
When students were then free to explore Thrively, they entered a zone. While some went right to reading articles and watching videos matching their interests, others explored freely and gave “Sparks” a try. Many eventually gravitated to coding as this brought intense engagement and creativity. Students felt liberated as they had choice in learning, could ask questions, and go to peers to receive help or to simply share the discoveries they were making in the moment. Of course a common question was, “Can we do this at home?”
As students explored, Mrs. Mack and I eagerly clicked on the “Strength/Interest Breakdown” under “Class Options.” We were excited to see the results, particularly that students showed flexibility as a significant strength as this is such an important life skill. We discussed the potential the data holds as well as being able to view students with similar strengths when clicking on their name in the class roster. Mrs. Mack also found the “Class Snapshot” extremely helpful as this truly gave her a quick look into each student’s strengths and summary of each profile.
While students continued to explore, I had the opportunity to walk around and interview Mrs. Mack and several students about their Thrively experience.
Mrs. Mack– Thrively is motivating and engaging.
The strength profile sounds just like me.
It’s amazing that it finds out your secret superpowers.
It said stuff you didn’t even know about, like “You might be good at this.”
Thumbs up! Awesome!
It told me something I didn’t know about myself.
It’s fun, it’s educational, and you can be creative every day!
After you see your strength assessment, it makes you feel different than other people in a good way.
It’s really fun doing the strength assessment, because you can pick your own opinion.
I like Thrively, because the games help you learn about math.
The games are so fun! You can play games that interest you!
Although Mrs. Mack’s third graders will continue to use Thrively, much like my students last year, they have only reached the surface. My intent is to introduce Thrively to teachers in the fall as well as expose them to Genius Hour and the role Thrively can play to prepare students.
With new features like “Projects” and “Values and Skills” I believe it will be difficult for teachers to resist. We have only seen the beginning of this fabulous tool and approach in the world of strength and passion based learning and if students are running to use it, I predict teachers will join the journey.
For any teachers interested in getting started with Thrively, please reach out to your technology integration coordinator.