The fourth question for the upcoming year is: What are your strengths and how can we utilize them? This question excites me! I can’t wait to hear what my kids will tell me about this one because it will be a clue to what they are passionate about in their lives. I am hoping that by knowing some of these things, I can tap into their interests and abilities and link opportunities to writing and sharing those strengths with the class. We will all learn so much more that way.
As far as answering this myself goes, my first thought was well this is awkward! (I wonder if my students will feel this way too!) Well, okay, here goes. My most obvious strength is my ability to teach. It’s who I am, how I define myself, and something I have viewed myself as since I was about 8 years old. My mother tells me I played school as a youngster making everything from stuffed animals to the family dog be my “students”. I started teaching Sunday school classes when I was 12 and never looked back. I love the artistry and dynamic of teaching. Being very “people person” myself, I enjoy the human connections involved in teaching and that no two lessons are ever the same. People fascinate me!
My second strength is my ability to use technology and to acquire skills in this area. A strength related to that is my inventive nature. I love making new connections and seeing new uses for tech. Show me an app or tool and I will start coming up with half a dozen ways I can use it my classes. My kids tell me that my fearless willingness to try new things makes them feel brave too. That’s what I hope it does for them. I want my students to believe they can learn how to do almost ANYTHING they set their minds to; and that includes technology.
Finally, one of my strengths is my ability to see the humor in life. I love to laugh. I love to to share stories with my students and friends. I think humor can turn a negative experience into a positive one. Being able to laugh helps me move forward in my life and to “roll with the punches”.
So those are the three things that came to mind today. Tomorrow I will think of two or three other things I should have mentioned instead. Hope that I can use these to make my classroom a great place to be this year. What are your strengths?