Teacher Strengths

 

NWK ts 2A new year is a good time to reflect on yourself and your own strengths as a thinker and learner. Only think of your strengths. Don’t worry about your deficits. Don’t worry about how many strengths you have.

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Use these strengths to enhance your lesson plans and help you be a better observer of your children’s strengths.

 

SENSES

Which senses are strongest for you? How do you like to take in information? You may have one very strong one or several. One or several has nothing to do with intelligence! Rank the following in order of importance to you.

sight

hearing

touch

moving, also known as body sense or propioception

smell

taste

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CHILDHOOD

What did you like to do again and again as a child? When were you totally engaged? With what did you like to play? What did you like to collect? What else did you like? Did you like any of the following?

action figures

balls

board games

building

cooking

daydreaming

doing tricks

dolls

drawing

junk or recycled materials

nature

other children

pets

reading

science experiments

writing

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Which media are strong for you? Which do you use very often? Which can totally immerse you? If something you love is not on the list, add it! Find time each day to use media you love. Find ways to share your love with your students.

building materials

creative aps

drama

electrical circuits

fabric

food

glue

hardware

language

machines

modeling material

music

numbers

paint

paper

pastels

photography

scissors

video

words

 

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HANDS-ON

What do you like to make with your hands/body? One of the following? Something else?

aps

buildings

cartoons

clothes

codes

dances

designs

drawings

flow charts

games

gardens

mobiles

models

movies

music

parties (or other social forms)

poems

skits

songs

sounds

stories

 

SENSORY ALPHABET

What do you always notice? What do you always use when you are creating?

color

light

line

movement

rhythm

shape

sound

space

texture

UNIFYING ELEMENTS

What other elements are strong in your work? (If these seem too hard or strange, don’t worry about them!)

balance/symmetry

contrast

direction

emphasis

mass/weight

progression

proportion

repetition

sequence

size/scale

timing

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What things are you really good at doing? Where do you shine? Where do you take a leadership role? What kinds of problems are you good at solving?

 

DESCRIBE YOUR OWN CREATIVE PROFILE

 

 

AND REMEMBER…Part of your job as a New World Teacher is to include areas in your lesson plans that are NOT strengths for you, especially if you notice that you have children with strengths different from your own.

 

 

 

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