This quote really stuck with me. To me this quote saying that we need to know what our strengths and weakness are. By knowing what our weaknesses are, we are able to work on them until they evolve into strengths.
I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test which told me what some of my strengths are. The following are my strengths:
Individualization – people who are able to find unique qualities in others and use those qualities to help them succeed.
Learner – people who want to always learn and have a great desire to improve.
Input – people who are always wanting to know more and will often collect the information they find.
Connectedness – people who believe that there is a link between everything and think that event has a purpose.
Relator – people who have close relationships and enjoy working together to achieve a goal.
We assume a child who is failing is apathetic. Likely it's that they see no greatness to invest in when they look in the mirror & no reason to be hopeful for their future if we’re consumed w/ their deficits. Focus on strengths not deficits. Make it clear how they uniquely matter.
— Amy Fast, Ed.D (@fastcrayon) February 18, 2018
I felt that the strengths I was given reflected me well. Overall, I think that they show that I try and see the best aspects of everyone and want them all to be heard and seen. I think that they show how much I want to learn and connect the world around me and help others do the same. All of these strengths will be vital in my classroom so I can help my students come together to learn and grow. It is my job to use my strengths to find the strengths in others. There are few ways that I will do this in my classroom.
- Help my students appreciate what they are good at. This can be done by asking them questions like “What do you love doing?”, “What things come easily to you?” and “What things do others say you do well?”.
- Help my students discover what their weaknesses are. This can be done by asking them questions like “What things do you put off doing?”, “What tasks make you feel inadequate?” and “What tasks rarely get easier?” By students knowing their weaknesses, they are able to work on improving these weaknesses.
- Help students work with others that complement their strengths and weaknesses. If students are able to see how a team can use their strengths and weaknesses to complete a task they can get to understand the other side.
- Students can also take a free aptitude test to discover their strengths and weaknesses.
- I think that assessing these attributes multiple times throughout the year will help students see their progress. They can see what they have improved on and can revisit the things they still struggle with.
- I think that supporting my students in their interests and allow them to explore those interest in a classroom will help them shine. If they are interested in something, they are likely to enjoy what they are learning and discover new things about themselves and the world.
- It’s important for students to see me use my strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. This will show them that it is okay to have these weaknesses and can use my strengths to overcome my weaknesses.
- Lastly, I think that all of us should reflect on both our strengths and weaknesses to learn from them both.
— edutopia (@edutopia) February 15, 2018
“Good teachers identify student strengths and interests and use them as scaffolding for increased learning. Good administrators do the same for teachers.” – Canada