It’s hard to believe that this is post #5 for the 9x9x25 challenge. We are past the halfway point!
Since writing (and hence blogging) isn’t my strength, I sometimes find it hard to figure out what to write about. This week I had to look around the other 9x9x25 posts for some inspiration.
If you have been reading my other posts, you will know I have been having trouble with one particular class. In particular, they are very unfocussed. They would rather sit and wait for me to take up a question, then attempt it on their own (even though I encourage them to work together). Most never do any homework outside of class. They come unprepared for class (some have come to a test with no calculator!!) and then beg for more time or a second chance. Some arrive late for class or leave early.
I am constantly searching for a new ideas I can try. I find myself reading the other 9x9x25 posts (and other blogs) as often as I can for help.
When reading the posts from over the last week I found one that resonated with me. Specifically, the post by Prof Melanie – “Are you teaching with your signature strengths?“.
Prof Mel talked about how she took the VIA Character Strengths Survey and how she is living out her #1 character strength (creativity).
It made me wonder what my #1 character strength was and if I was living mine out. I decided to take the survey. (Try it yourself: VIA Character Survey)
After answering all the questions, I found out my top character strength: was Perseverance.
According to the VIA, this is defined as “Finishing what one starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; ‘getting it out the door’; taking pleasure in completing tasks.” (https://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths/Perseverance)
I would definitely say they hit the nail on the head on that one. This is true for both my personal and professional life.
I could very easily just write my “problem” group off as being not willing to do what it takes to learn the material.
I choose to keep trying to reach them and help them to learn so they can be successful in my class.
I have 7 more weeks to keep trying to reach them.
For some, it will be too late.
For others, I may get to them in time.
I hope that I get to as many of them as possible and am able to help them succeed.
I will keep persevering!