Chapter one talks about the reasons teachers should understand their own preferences in learning styles and therefore their teaching styles. Once a teacher knows their own style they can better see which students will benefit from their most comfortable teaching style and how to change their approach for the students who are different from the teacher. She or He can also then fashion their assessments for various styles so as to get a true picture of student knowledge. Since student knowledge and understanding is the goal not how the information is demonstrated. The learning of information, and the assessment of the information can be taught and assessed in various ways.
After completing chapter 2 It is confirmed that my personality type is Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling most of the time and Thinking some of the time as well as Judging. Although I gain energy through social visits, I also need solitude at other times. My biggest fear is to be left alone when I need to be with people. I also need facts before making good decisions. Before buying anything expensive I find the cost and attributes of the item then make a decision; as well as in my job, facts for a problem before a decision to solve the problem. I also want students to be competent in their work as well as have harmony. I don’t enjoy hearing how a student doesn’t like a subject because they don’t like the teacher. I also find it hard to convince a student not to sabotage themselves because they find a subject boring. I find it hard to work with students who can’t get started on a project because they don’t see the value. I feel bad for them because I want them to succeed in their near future as well as their distant future. I also find planning everything makes the journey easier even when part of it just doesn’t work out and a detour needs to be made. As a student the unexpected consequence of a fallible plan use to drive me into a depression. As an adult it has just become part of the journey.
As I read through chapter 3 I could pick out which students might fit into each category. In each class that I work in there is one student on my caseload that I find hard to reach, or mesh with. MO seems to waste his in class study time by socializing, yet when you talk to him about the class work he seems to know the material. Yet nothing is on the worksheet for him or his friend. She however does not have the same understanding of the material. He seems to be an Introverted Intuitive type. His friend seems to be an Extraverted Feeling type. Although he is unorganized and sloppy he can be successful. She is organized and neat with her school work, yet isn’t as successful on assessments.
In another class KF may be an Extraverted Thinking type. She doesn’t ask for help she demands my attention. Usually at the wrong times during a class. She also plans on not doing well on her assessments before she has even seen the assessment. Once I get her started she settles and often does well when she has studied on the information I have suggested she review. I plan on watching these three students as we go through this course and see if I have made a correct assumption.