Now that I know my strengths, I need to reflect on how I can apply these strengths to develop myself as a teacher.
- Achiever: One of the aspects of achievers that make them stand out is they “routinely raise the spirits of people by putting aside what you are doing and giving them your undivided attention” (Clifton & Anderson, 2001). This is an aspect about me that I can directly relate to my role as an educator. If I am doing my job correctly, I will be able to motivate a lot of my students to succeed by giving them the individualized attention they deserve.
- Learner: There are many ways that being a learner will help me to be the best educator that I can be. For one, being a life-long learner will help me to continuously reflect on my progress as a teacher. This reflection will allow me to improve constantly. Another part of Clifton and Anderson’s (2001) piece about learners that stood out to me as I venture further into my journey of becoming an educator was when they said, “By nature, you customarily figure out what makes each person special”. I believe this is something that will assist me in creating an inclusive classroom that allows students to feel safe and valued in my class.
- Relator: The main characteristic of being a relator that relates to being an educator is I “enjoy the companionship of individuals who tell you what they plan to accomplish in the coming weeks, months, or years. Once you know their goals, you can help them reach their objectives” (Clifton & Anderson, 2001). I absolutely love having my students write out 3 SMART goals that they wish to accomplish. I have them write a short-term goal about their personal life, a short-term goal about school, and a 5-year long goal. This assignment promotes them to make and reach goals, but it also allows me to get to know what interests my students.
- Significance: A part of being a teacher is pushing students to become the best versions of themselves possible. This relates to the theme of significance, which states, “You repeatedly pressure people to excel rather than settle for mediocre results” (Clifton & Anderson, 2001). This is something that I feel a lot of my students need, especially in their formative high school years. However, this will be annoying to them from time to time, but they will thank me in the long run… Hopefully.
- Discipline: Having discipline is a great strength for educators to have because I love to create routines and structure, which promote a safe and efficient classroom. Being able to streamline methods for handling tasks and paperwork will help students to finish their work in a timely and efficient manner.