Loved being with Discovery's Education Department this week teaching about Strengths! What a fantastic time we had! I can't wait to see you all again very soon. Thank you to Discovery and #DENSI2017 for inviting me to beautiful San Diego to Rock Your Strengths!Read more
Ideation + Activator + Input = ?
Apparently it equals: "McNugget", "Mrs. Cluck", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Bok Bok Choy"!Read more
My students are doing an in-depth study of the book, "How Full Is Your Bucket?" It is a business book, which is a little different for these middle school students- but they are enjoying it!
I've had many assignments attached to this book. We've written thank-you notes to various teachers and staff on campus, learned about our Strengths, etc. But this week (and for the next 4 weeks following) they are partnered up with another person and are "Strengths Spotting" (noticing all the times that they work within their Strengths.)
They've been writing little notes to "fill each other's buckets". This week they focused on their Top Strength. Today, they got to read all the little notes inside their buckets.
One of my students passed me this note during the day and just said, "Read this."
I was really surprised that she thought of me- as I don't have a bucket out.
But what really touched me was that I've been thinking for the past few weeks that I need more things to do. I don't feel like there's enough on my plate right now. (I get a little antsy when there's not a lot to do.)
Her letter reminded me of all that we've already accomplished!
My thought for my Achiever friends is to stop every once in a while and look back at what you've done. I never do that. I'm always looking forward to what is next and planning the next big thing. Rarely do I take any time to appreciate what has already been done!
Thanks, Emily, for seeing what we've done together and taking time to acknowledge them! What a meaningful gift!
I have to say, I had a lot of fun sketching this one out. In my brainstorming this theme, I asked some other Strengths coaches what images came to mind with Context. The one that really caught my attention was "Indiana Jones". He was definitely a teacher who loved history! Indy was a professor of archaeology in search of adventure- what a great starting place to dive into the theme of Context for a teacher!
People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
Perspective and background is very important to these teachers. They don't necessarily need to be teaching the subject of history. You may have a band teacher who loves the stories of each instrument, where they came from and how they were developed.
Although in it's raw form (undeveloped Context), it can look like you are "living in the past", the mature form of this theme learns from the past.
Words that describe this person would be: historical, orienting, perceptive and studios. They may like to collect valuable memorabilia and have an accurate memory of past events.
Historical context can come from many places... cultural, legal, geography and people. It doesn't have to only be about time.
Be reminded. Be purposeful.
Rock Your Strengths.