The Nutshell

Context is incredibly important to most information. I think this applies to my blog as well. Without you understanding the way my OCD brain works, you likely won’t understand why and how I use the tools I use. So beyond the “About” page of this site, I wanted to share some insight into me.

Last November, I took the Strengthsfinder test. As the name implies, it helps you find your strengths as an individual. Once you know those strengths, you can then find ways to implement those strengths in your personal and professional life.

What I found out was not surprising for me, but seeing it written so plainly was incredibly helpful, and helped me start down the path toward becoming a full time teacher.

Here are my top 5 strengths:


People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.


People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.


People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.


People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.


People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

These are the areas that I excel in, and also things that I need to be pursuing or creating in order to be satisfied with what I am doing. So as you can see, it is no wonder that I love to create systems and find tools to help me live inside these strengths.

This doesn’t mean that this blog is only for people like me though. That’s absolutely not the case. In fact, if you were just like me, you would be doing a lot of this yourself already. This blog is to equip people (teachers, students, and anyone else) who aren’t as organized or efficient (but know they need to be) grow in those areas.

My setup is continually evolving, so I will continue to share as things change. And once I have a classroom of my own, I will share how I am implementing these strengths/tools there as well. That’s what this blog is about, and I hope it’s useful.

Have you ever taken Strengthsfinder? What were your results? 

The Class Nerd @theclassnerd