Strengths: Passion Meets Practice, #IMMOOC W5.1

I have a passion for strengths. I heard Marcus Buckingham speak about strengths research in 2011, and it changed my life. It sparked a drive in me that took this blog to over 9,000 followers for a time. I've read the books, taken StrengthsFinder 2.0 (...twice), even dropped $300 on a class for the StrengthsQuest... Continue Reading →

Testing the Waters

Testing... testing... Is this thing on? After two years of silence, I've probably lost most of my loyal followers, but that's OK. I'm here now because I need to write and process ideas again, and this is a good place to do that. I always lose the spiral notebooks I scribble in. If any of... Continue Reading →

The gears are still turning.

I got a call from a teacher friend yesterday.  She calls a lot, actually.  She likes to use me as a sounding board as she plans out her curriculum and lesson plans.  Yesterday she was formulating a plan for an independent reading project, but over the years and countless phone hours we've hashed through job applications,... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Closing Thoughts

On Sept. 12th I wrote my first post on the book StrengthsFinder 2.0, and something must have resonated with my readers, because that post was worked its way into my top five most "liked" posts.  I hope it's because my readers agree - the education field needs to focus on teen strengths, not just teen... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #5: Woo

Ok, dear readers, here is my commentary on my final StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment theme.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to write this one.  Maybe it's because I wanted to write about other things.  Maybe it's because life got so busy with subbing and then moving.  Or maybe it's because I took... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #4: Harmony

People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. This is probably the theme that surprised me the most when it first came up in my StrengthsFinder Assessment results.  I don't go looking for conflict, but I don't shy away from it, either.... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #3: Belief

People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging.  Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life. This one was a little surprising only because it's so inherent to me that I have to remind myself that not everyone thinks this way.  I mean, I... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #2: Input

People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information. Hmm... Collect and archive information, huh?  Kind of like someone might do in a blog?  🙂 I'm not going to post anything from the more generic description in the StrengthsFinder... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #1: Maximizer

Maximizer:  People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb. I love this one.  Ever since I heard Marcus Buckingham speak on strengths, I've been fascinated by the topic.  I've shifted my whole career focus based... Continue Reading →

My Strengths and My Quest

Ok, this whole journey is a crazy ride.  I just completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment, which is the basis of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book.  I have a lot to say about the assessment itself, and I will get to that in a bit, but it wasn't until I was browsing around the Gallup website later... Continue Reading →

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