Recently I had the great experience to read the book Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. The book is all about finding your strengths using the book and helpful website (code required).
Now I am sure you are wondering what that book has to do with the title of this post...and the joyous picture of Ted Mosby ("How I Met Your Mother"). Well if you have watched the show you will recall the "Woo Girl" episode. Now long long long long long story short, woo girls go "woo", loud and very often. They are outgoing women who shout "woo" at bars. While this really has nothing much to do with what WOO means in strength finder, the connection makes me happy, so you can deal with it.
In Rath's Strenghts Finder 2.0 my main strength was WOO, which stands for winning over others. People who have WOO as their main strength strive to get to know things about everyone they meet and meet as many people as possible. This fits really well with me as I love to get to know random people when I am out and about. For me, there is something about getting to know people and their interests and form friendships and bonds through that.
Well riddle me this Batman, how are you going to use a skill suited for talking with random people in the streets to create something positive in the classroom. Well good news! WOO is a great skill for an educator, it allows us to get to know every single one of our students and then form specific plans to help the needs of everyone. Now I know there are some negatives to that too, you cant be outgoing and get to know people and then have no tools in which to build off of that knowledge. Well it is funny that you say that because another one of my top 5 strengths, was empathy. To put it short and simple, empathy makes me a good listener, and in tune to what I can do to help people that I get to know. Wow looks like I am just the best bundle of communication and listening, and you can find out your strengths too by going to the link I posted earlier and buying yourself a book. Also if you are looking for more by Rath, a great followup book of his is posted in the link below.
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