There are many students I could choose in my 7 classes. I have finally chosen a student I will call B and a student I will call K. They are very different people. B can be an “A” student if he chose to be. K would be happy just to pass.
B I think is introverted. He is mostly quiet in class. His mom passed away at the beginning of the year. He doesn’t talk much about her, yet one day before Thanksgiving he could not focus on the lab. He was giving me negative attitude, so I asked him what was wrong. He had to think a minute and blurted out that it was exactly a month from his mother’s death. I told him that was his problem and asked if he wanted a pass to the counseling center. He went and has been my best buddy in that class. During other labs I must focus on him and his buddies, because distractions cause them to not get the work recorded.
I think B is more intuitive than sensing. He often will start the assignment before the directions are explained, then need to borrow an eraser to fix his answers. We have not yet gotten into making our own experiments in Science; however I am anxious to see what plans he comes up with.
B may be a thinking rather than feeling. He often needs me to encourage him to write his answers down. He seems to be afraid to get it wrong. He also is consistently asked to stop the conversations with his friends. He always must finish his thought before joining the class.
B may be perceiving as he needs me to keep him recording his results from experiments, and encouragement to write down the notes.
I only see B one block 3 times a week, I am sure there are many more examples that could be found in his day that may contradict my thoughts or confirm them.
K is my second student. She is extroverted. She believes that there is nothing more important than her thought. She has no problem telling me no matter what is going on around her.
K may be sensing as she learns better with hands on activities. She also asks a lot of questions before starting an assignment.
K may be thinking. She prefers to be in charge of the experiments or their group talks; however she will ask me what I think about their conversation, or results of their experiments.
K may be judging as she needs clear instructions and may ask for them to be repeated and explained multiple times before she can begin working.
I am not sure how much of the behavior I experience with K has to do with her disability or is magnified by her disability.