Input: A Strategic Thinking Theme

King Solomon who built the temple of Jerusalem was known for his wisdom. Input is a strength within the strategic thinking theme. Like King Solomon, those who have input as a strength are extremely knowledgeable because they are naturally inquisitive. They are often among the first to see how seemingly disparate ideas are connected. They have so much knowledge that they are able to sprinkle stories, research, and information into conversations and lessons easily. In order to grow, they need to know. They collect and gather resources and like the research process. Likely, they have an excellent memory and a mind for details. They are also likely to enjoy travel and will plan for students to be involved through both field trips and extra-curricular activity.

In the classroom, these teachers are able to help students to understand abstract concepts by providing hands on experiences and meaningful examples. If they are subject area specialists, they will likely become experts in their curriculum and can be counted on to share their knowledge with others through mentorship or staff development workshops. These teachers will have exemplars of past student projects that will benefit learners in their classroom.

Students with input will be helped by developing organizational skills, especially concerning storage since they might prone to hoarding. They will also need direct instruction and assistance to identify strong thesis statements and research skills as their need to know more about everything will send them quickly down a rabbit hole when let loose in a library or on the internet. In class, ask these students for information. Look for opportunities to tap into the abundant knowledge base. Pair these students with peers to discuss common interests or understandings. A great relationship could develop.

You can learn more about Solomon as Input in this video by Carol Anne McGuire of Rock Your Strengths: