I am so excited to take this course again to solidify this important information. I can read the textbook now and it makes so much more sense. That is a great start!
I love chapter 2 and how it has preferences, ideal classrooms, and common traps for each of the four types (or a likeness to that). When I took the MBTI test to find my type I was split between Extraversion and Introversion. But as I learn more and more about these two preferences I would definitely lean toward Introversion. I liked the way, on page 11, it talked about what it is NOT. Because there are times when I can be social and the life of the party; and times I don’t have a problem speaking out when needed. I need to keep in mind, with myself and students, that this is about how we are energized, though. Give me a quiet room away from people any day!!
When I think about how I gather information to go through my daily life I am definitely a Sensing person. Just give me the facts, ma’am 🙂 I worked with an Intuitive teacher once and had to laugh as I read the top of page 16, “By my last hour class, I finally know how to explain assignments because students have pointed out everything I omitted!” She was like that – students were pointed out her errors throughout the class.
Making decisions is something we do every minute in our lives. I need to understand the “why” when I’m making decisions and sometimes it doesn’t matter who or what it bothers but a decisions needs to be made to be fair to all. I have trouble with this sometimes with students who are Feeling because I hurt their feelings without knowing it.
I’m a planner, therefore, a Judging type. Totally fits for a teacher 🙂 But I see the common traps and wonder if it’s really personality or trying to get done a curriculum being handed down by principal/state/nation: rush toward completion and cutting short exploratory time are some of the common traps.
There is so much information in Chapters 2 and 3. It’s putting it together that is the “studying” part. How to know myself and work with students in the best possible way? Because I’m a Sensing Type I’m already making plans for charts, index cards, lists, etc., which will help me learn this information best. Something that is easy to carry from class to class. I want to get out there and know my students! That’s the first step.
P.S. What’s funny is that as I read through many of these descriptions I often find my mind drifting toward another topic: females vs males. So where does type come into play with the different genders? Hmmmm . . .