One of the books that I read is called Teach With Your Strengths: How Great Teachers Inspire their Students. It came with an online gallup poll that I took to determine my strengths. As an educator, it seems like we fixate on what we do poorly and spend a lot of energy trying to get better. This book has a different theory, it basically says to identify what you do really well and try to do it better.
My top 5 themes are deliberative, intellection, input, strategic and learner.
Deliberative personalities anticipate obstacles and take serious care in making decisions or choices.
Intellection people are introspective and engage in intellectual activity like reading, writing and spending time thinking.
Input people are talented in craving to know more and like to collect and archive all kinds of information and 'things'.
Strategic find alternative ways to proceed and can quickly spot relevant patterns and issues.
Learners have a great desire to want to learn and improve, they like the process of learning rather than the outcome.
All of my results combined really point out what an introvert I am deep down. Many of the things suggested said that I should make time every day to think things through and to reflect. Also, find a place to write (like my blog) my reflections and thoughts about things because that is where my strengths are. I think I get very overwhelmed when I don't have time to mentally process my day or when I don't have down time after a busy weekend.
How all of this will impact my teaching is still undetermined as I am still thinking about and processing how it will make a difference, but I am happy to follow the suggestions in the book and focus on strengthening my talents instead of focusing on my weaknesses.
I would definitely recommend this book and the quiz to my teacher friends if you are curious about what you are most talented at and you are interested in strengthening your best traits.