How to Teach Learners to Do a SWOT Analysis
A SWOT analysis is a teaching tool used to help learners identify their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. We usually use it at the beginning of a lesson and unit to help learners self-identify how best to proceed in their studies.
- Learners are taught to self-assess and plan to avoid upcoming disadvantages in their lives.
- Learners can balance affirming statements about their skills with an honest recognition of their weaknesses.
- I often find learners use generic phrases copied from their neighbors. It’s a good idea to insist on the depth of engagement and thinking when doing this method.
A SWOT analysis is facilitated with a piece of paper divided into four quadrants:
- Top-left: Strengths
- Top-right: Weaknesses
- Bottom-left: Opportunities
- Bottom-right: Threats
Learners then fill out the SWOT sheet, identifying their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.