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I teach middle school students. We have been diving into their strengths this week and one of my awesome kids sent this to me.
I suppose if I could breathe into my students, I would want them to know that they are loved just as they are. They are awesome, quirky, flawed, beautiful kids. And if they would just see that in themselves, and then let the world see it, we would have a really awesome world!
It is so great that we are all uniquely made. What a boring place it would be if we were all the same.
So, go out there. Be yourself. Let the world discover the magic of your personality and how your mind thinks. We don't need anyone else, but who you are!
I challenge you to stun the world with YOU!
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!