Student Profiles

When thinking about the students that I work with, one immediately came to mind as we share some of the same personality type. She is as introverted as I am which also be a bit of a conflict as well. If I had to give her a personality type I would say she is an ISTP. The student profile of Jared on page 35 is almost a perfect description of J. She does not like group work and prefers to work alone. She likes her computer and her headphones. When assigned to a group, J will physically remove herself from the group. But, if an idea that the others are talking about is similar to hers she will cautiously join in. She usually appears to be the disengaged introverted thinker but she really is paying attention. I think that because we are very similar in type we do work well together.

My next student has had many challenges in her life. She has some physical limitations but manages school successfully. S can be very introverted in a classroom setting but works well in a group. She is very organized and completes her assignments in a timely manner. S is an ISTJ as she likes clear directions but she especially likes feedback about her work. S is very sensitive about the world around her and how people view her. Group work gives her an outlet to share ideas but also allows her some peer interaction in a safe setting.

I think my introverted personality allows me to work best with students like these as I don’t have to be in front of a class!! Works for me!

2 responses to “Student Profiles

  1. Some things to thing about, Cathy — First, student S. Turning work in on time and being organized is good evidence for Judging, and your evidence for Sensing also makes sense — needing clear directions and feedback. If she is sensitive about the world and how people view her, it’s possible she is a Feeling decision maker, though, and not a T. Can you find more evidence for these pieces?

    Sounds like you’ve identified student J’s introversion well, but her behaviors of separating herself from others and appearing not to pay attention sound almost hostile — this could be a defensive behavior rather than a mindset of personality. Perhaps you could observe her more, remembering that the E/I preference is about energy and communication. And what about the S/T/P — can you find evidence for those dichotomies?

    It is so complicated, isn’t it? And it can be really hard to hypothesize some people when their behavior is coming from something else that’s not their natural preference. Could you observe these two students when they are not in class, or in a different setting? That might reveal more information about their types.

  2. It is interesting to see the differences pointed out and how using what we learned helped in helping the student. Thank you for sharing. It is fun to read Marilyn’s thoughts also which brings even more depth to what was shared.

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