Learner: People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excited them.
Learners have a constant desire to learn and improve. They are energized by the journey of learning new facts, the beginning of learning a new subject and mastering skills. (Although- they may become bored once they master something.)
Learning builds their confidence! Learners learn quickly and love to be on the cutting edge of that learning.
This is my #2 theme and I love having this one! I can relate to wanting to be a perpetual and lifelong learner. When someone talks about something new, I almost immediately want to learn more about it. This week I went to visit my great aunt, who has alzheimer's. Although most of her memory is gone, she was able to sing songs with perfect recall. It was fascinating to me. I came home and spent time online learning about memory and brain functions- especially as it relates to alzheimer's.
Those kinds of tangents are something Learners LOVE! Life goes in one direction, and leads you to a place of a new learning adventure!
As a teacher, I am constantly learning new things with my students. Their interests in various things have allowed me to dive into many various learning opportunities. It has also given me the opportunity to teach the things that I have learned. One of the natural outcomes for a learner is to teach.
Are you a Learner? How do you use this Strength in your teaching? What tangents have you been on lately that have led you to interesting places of new learning?
Rock Your Strengths!
People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They take control of a situation and make decisions.
These educators are able to bring calm to chaos. They are direct and decisive in their teaching. When pushed, they will push back. But that directness brings emotional clarity. Crying does not work with this person. (So, save your tears, and get to the point.)
They may seem bossy, but they want to be in the driver's seat. This is a fantastic Strength when situations seem out of control and you need someone to deal with the challenges and conflicts in a say. Some say they are intimidating, imposing or controlling. And they can be! But you will always know where this person stands, and that is powerful!
I included tips for both an educator and a student with high Command.
Command is most likely paired with Strategic. Together, these two themes add a pattern to the power.
Lead on! If you have Command, we need you to take charge in emergencies. This can be an extremely inspirational and motivational theme when harnessed and leverage in the right ways!
Be reminded of your Strengths.
Be purposeful in how you use them!
Rock Your Strengths!
People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that compliments this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
As an educator you have the instructional ability to easily prepare lesson plans in different ways. You may find yourself arranging and rearranging your classroom for maximum input on learning. (You may also have a messy desk from arranging activities for your students, staff, parents and school!)
Arrangers are often thought of as a conductor, director or juggler. But it can also be the person who is holding a dozen ping pong balls underwater all at the same time! In the chaos you can see all of the moving pieces and make beauty of it...and it all happens in real time. (Many times this occurs without you even thinking about it. It just happens!)
What can you do to strengthen this theme?
* Look for opportunities where productivity is king!
* Work with a partner that can keep you on track to where you are going.
* Balance your workload. Identify the most important tasks based on deadlines and difficulty.
* Schedule breaks to clear your mind. Check on other projects, make phone calls, etc.
* Create opportunities for group members to teach each other.
* Suggest independent study course option to your administration. Design your own curriculum.
What if I have a student/child with this theme?
* Find situations where they can be places where there are many things going on at the same time.
* Ask them for assistance when positioning other students for group projects. Let them help you figure out how each person's strengths might be the greatest value to the team.
* Make sure you coordinate study time so that you can fit extracurricular activities into your schedule, too!
Start to actively think about your Arranger. When you can start naming times you are working within this talent, you can start working it out to create a Strength! Questions to think about:
* When has your Arranger really worked for you? Why was it successful?
* What have you gotten done this week? What did people say about your work? How was it honored?
Be reminded. Be Purposeful.
Rock Your Strengths!