A 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.
This is a good blog to print out so you can circle items that are true for you. Or you can save it as a document and highlight favorite items.
Use these strengths to enhance your lesson plans and help you be a better observer of your children’s strengths.
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.
moving, also known as body sense or propioception
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?
junk or recycled materials
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.
What do you like to make with your hands/body? One of the following? Something else?
parties (or other social forms)
What do you always notice? What do you always use when you are creating?
What other elements are strong in your work? (If these seem too hard or strange, don’t worry about them!)
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.