I found Marcus Buckingham's video to be very insightful. He said a few things that really stood out to me and got me thinking. I liked his point that people don't change, we just become more of who we really are. After thinking about it, I agree with his statement. We go through life and discover what we like and dislike, our strengths and who we are as a person. I also thought it was interesting that Buckingham said we should develop and grow in our areas of strength, not weakness. The competitiveness in me doesn't like to fail or not be good at something. If I have a weakness I often try to fix it and improve. However, I also do agree that we should focus on our strengths and what we are good at.
I would have to say that my "sweet spot" is when it comes to fitness and incorporating it into my schools curriculum. I have always had a passion for fitness and exercise and enjoy learning about ways to improve fitness. I recently earned my personal training certification, which I can now transfer some of the information that I have learned into both my teaching and coaching. As a physical education staff we have been trying to incorporate more fitness into our classes. Since I have the knowledge, I am comfortable with suggesting new ideas and informing my other coworkers of the information I have learned. This past school year I have helped to develop partner workouts, crossfit style workouts utilizing body weight, circuit training and also cardio kickboxing. Cardio kickboxing has been one of my favorite new additions, I enjoy teaching this to my students and they all seem to have fun while participating.
Being a middle school physical education teacher, we cover a large variety of skills and team sports. One area that I a feel a little out of my element is basketball. I never played basketball when I was younger, and it is the one sport that I don't follow on television either. I know the basics and enough to get by from my college courses, but I still am not fully comfortable when it comes to teaching basketball. Luckily, I often have basketball players in my classes so I have them demonstrate various skills while I explain the skill to the class. Although Buckingham said to focus on our strengths rather than weaknesses, I would still like to continue to improve my knowledge of basketball.
I feel that I am very fortunate to have a job that I love where I get to share my passion for health and fitness with my students. I can honestly say that on most days I am one of the 2/10 people that play to their strengths in the workplace. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I am happy where I am and doing what I love. While I may not be great at basketball, I still can teach my st