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Since my PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) license is up for renewal this year, I decided to take the opportunity Vibal Group shared over Facebook a few weeks ago. They gave out a FREE online course that would give 15 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) units for teachers who will be able to finish it. Well, as professional teachers, we need at least 155 CPD units in order for us to renew our license. The topic was about “Building Student Character Inside the Classroom.”
Top Three Character Strengths
While taking the course last month, one of the tasks was to fill-out a character strength survey. With this, we will be able to identify our top 24 character strengths. To cut the long story short, my top three character strengths are as follows:
- Love of Learning – “Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.”
- Fairness – “Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.”
- Spirituality – “Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.”
Our online class asked for our top 5, so judgment and leadership followed. But, I am not going to talk about the latter but only the three in compliance with our blogging challenge. Hehehe…
Am I Proud of It
When my top five came out, it didn’t come as a big surprise. Somehow, consciously, I know deep inside that I may have displayed this character strengths one way or another. But to see them as my top character strength, well, I didn’t know. It was an aha moment for me.
The love of learning is something that I didn’t have or didn’t appreciate until my early 30s. I was consumed by many different issues in life that I never valued wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It was only after during my depressive years that I wanted to reach out and learn how to get out of a chaotic mess. Aside from my belief in God, it was the love of learning that kept me motivated since then. This is also the reason why I call myself a continuous learner. And this is also the reason why I went back to school to become a teacher in 2013.
For some people, having a sense of fairness and spirituality might be a hindrance if you want to achieve greater success. People who adhere to “the end justify the means.” But for me, I think these last two strengths balance me out. It makes me think of others and not only about myself. It makes me care for others and reminds me that the world doesn’t revolve around me only.
Now the question is… Am I proud of my top three character strengths? The clear answer is YES!
Blogging Challenge 2/30 – DONE!