Talking about our strengths gives us a feeling of power. We all love talking about our strengths. Sadly, we do not pay as much attention to our weaknesses, which are part of who we are. We cannot be perfect. When an employer looks through an applicant profile and sees a dozen strengths listed, he does wonder what weaknesses the candidate will have. Of course you will not have written them in a resume or a cover letter!
For your own personal analysis, it is important to determine what your strengths and weaknesses are. For instance, is you are a teacher assistant, you will need to know what makes you rock in the classroom and what will make you a failure.
Strengths, one can list – weaknesses are difficult to assess. But if you truly want to self-analyze yourself, you will need to do this. If during an interview you are asked what your strengths and weaknesses are, you can promptly reply if you have done your homework. At the interview, if you are unable to talk about your weaknesses, you will not be deemed a good candidate.
So let’s see what strengths and weaknesses a teacher assistant may have:
Teacher Assistant Strengths and Weaknesses
• Highly skilled in handling classroom management activities to ensure that students are actively listening and responding
• Ability to implement lesson plans in sync with core curriculum objectives and goals
• Qualified to handle distressed students in an empathetic manner
• Exceptional communication skills aimed at providing students with help in understanding class concepts
• Adept at providing individual attention to students struggling with complex concepts
• Proficient in handling large groups of students during outdoor activities and special projects
• Hands-on experience in instructing students in the absence of lead teacher
• Proven ability to handle classroom emergencies by responding in a prompt manner
• Inability to handle large groups of students and impart instruction
• Incompetence at properly and eloquently stick to set curriculum
• Failure to communicate lesson objectives to students or understand them properly
• Not being able to recognize the need for implementation of individualized programs for each individual student
• Unskilled in empowering students to access all areas of the curriculum in order to achieve their maximum potential
• Losing temper in adverse situations and being impatient with students
• Unwillingness to update teaching skills and qualifications
• Inability to determine students’ special needs and helping them overcome them
• Inadaptability and incapability to use own initiative in handling classroom instruction