(This is step two in the free Teacher 2.0 course/"experience" at Mightybell - participate at https://mightybell.com/experiences/3ff5259e1c4d9948-Teacher-2-0.)
As Angela Maiers says, "you matter!" (http://www.angelamaiers.com)
What is something that you are good at? If you are feeling particularly confident, you can list several things!
Some questions to ponder:
Well, I am good at ENTHUSING. When I see things I like, I get excited and I am good at sharing my excitement. I'm not sure if it's a talent, or a habit... or sometimes even a bad habit (my poor husband has to put up with a lot of my jumping up and down, clapping of hands at things that I like, etc. when we are watching a movie or sports on TV, ha ha).
Anyway, this helps me a lot in interacting with my students. I teach a project-based course and I get really excited about my students' projects, each and every semester. If the day comes when I don't get excited, well, I guess that means I need to find a different job! But somehow I don't think that is going to happen: for better or worse, ENTHUSING is a talent that I have and it is something that helps me a lot in my job as a teacher. I like to think that everybody appreciates a good dose of positive enthusiasm: when I get sincerely excited about what my students are doing, I hope that helps them realize that all their good work matters to me a lot! :-)
I am a cheerleader of the mind, ha ha:
Laura, I love the image of you as "cheerleader of the mind!" So true! :-)
I am good at taking charge of things.
I feel productive and helpful.
I think my students see that about me.
I try to recognize my students talents and interests so they can incorporate that into their projects, I have no less expectation than that they will change the world!