Competition in the classroom sometimes get a bad rap! But it doesn't need to!
People exceptionally talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests. People with strong Competition talents have the ability to stimulate themselves and others to a higher standard of performance. They can raise a group's achievement level by creating a culture of winning and an aspiration to be the best.
Words that describe this talent are: scorekeeping, comparing, winning, measuring, aspiring, driven, intense and selective.
These are the teachers who have a constant quest for victory. They love to win! This can be personally (winning teaching awards, contests, grants, etc.) or as a team (academic decathlon teams, sports teams, robotics competitions, etc.).
Competition brings an energy and excitement to a classroom. Teachers who learn how to leverage this talent know how to prepare their students for the "big win!" In order to do that, they do a lot of comparing...this can be against other classrooms, schools, or district wide.
"First runner up" is a hard pill to swallow for this theme...it's often felt as the "first loser."
Here's a tip: clarify to your class what "winning" looks like. That way, they will know it when they get there! And, don't forget to celebrate!
This theme is an influencing theme...that means it needs other people. Competition needs other people to compare itself to. (ex. I swim faster if there is someone next to me.)
* Create bulletin boards so that students can see when their character moves up the ladder. Create benchmarks for your students to celebrate the smaller wins!
* Cheer your students on when they compete.
* Enter your students in competitions and contests (photography, movie making, decathlons, debates, etc.)
And know that you don't have to compete against people! You can compete for issues! Compete to have the best student attendance records, student engagement, the most cans for the school can food drive, etc.
This is a great theme to spur your students on to be better people!
People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress agains the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
Competition in a child looks like this: They see things in life as a game, and they feel great joy when they win. They truly hate to lose because they strive for first place. Every day is a competition- whether it is for grades, who is taller, or how far they can see. If there is no one to compete against, they will compete with themselves, trying to "best" their own records. Because they hate to lose, they may get angry, upset, or even cry.
As an adult, Competition looks very similar. They are aware of their competitors and they still strive to win. Second place is simply the "first loser." When Competition is immature, they may be viewed as a sore loser.
People with high Competition respond to: high performance, high productivity and high inspiration.
It is most likely paired with Achiever, and least likely paired with Connectedness.