Encourage Personality TestingWritten by Kate Hufstetler
I was asked other day : "Kate, is personality testing novelty, frivolity, or common sense?" The answer is: It depends on whether or not you utilize them properly.
I highly recommend them for anyone who is in a relationship of any kind: business, friendships, family, etc. (so all of us)
Personality tests enhance our perspective. The best way to utilize a personality test result is by looking for strengths (to enhance) and identifying weaknesses (to downplay or eliminate). When we have results, we can see our natural tendencies at that particular moment in time to lean in certain directions with our personality. When we are under stress or major life changes (both good and bad) our way of responding to world may not be typical way we interact with others.
Taking a test when life is pretty calm and regulated will give you a chance to see your natural tendencies. Some personality traits are inborn. Yet parts of personality can be consciously cultivated over time. Personality can also be altered in a traumatic moment. The test results give us a chance to see where we are at now, how we interact, and what benefits can be gleaned from that information.
What to do with test results:
1) Look for opportunities to use your natural strengths. * If you are great with data and shy with people -- think about switching to a division within your company in which research is more prominent than direct customer contact. * If you are a knowledge seeker -- help others research and gain information on vacation ideas, background information, parenting techniques, etc. Find opportunities daily to bless those around you.
2) Look for chances to correct weaknesses rather to keep inflicting them on others unconsciously. * If you have a tendency toward jealousy-- lighten up and hold your tongue when your mate wants an innocent night out with friends. * If you lean towards being argumentative-- again, back up and hold off any rebuttal until you have seriously considered your bosses viewpoint. See what you might learn in this instant rather than trying to prove it doesn't apply to you. Check for ways you can grow as a more rounded individual by working on your current rough spots.
How to Teach to a Diverse Classroom of StudentsWritten by Tina O'Block
Each year teachers are faced with daunting task of teaching to a classroom of 20-30 individual students, each with their own learning styles, interests, and abilities. Providing optimal learning for such a diverse group can seem overwhelming. But, there is a simple approach that can be used which will enable all students to succeed, and that approach is simply using variety and choice. Not only does this approach address multiple learning styles of students, but it also aides in making them independent learners.
While classroom still needs to have structure (routines, rules, procedures), providing variety within that structured environment can aide in providing optimal learning for all students. Using a variety of instructional approaches such as lectures, PowerPoint presentations, inquiry-based instruction, hands-on experiments, project/problem-based learning, or computer aided instruction, not only addresses various learning styles of students in classroom, but it can help learners become more flexible in their learning. Most learners do have a preferred learning style, however this does not mean they are strictly dependent on that style to learn. They are also comfortable with and able to learn from several other styles as well. Exposing students to a wide variety of learning styles will enable them to become more flexible learners.
It is also beneficial to vary input devices used and resources made available in classroom. Children have a wide variety of preferred learning devices, therefore making as many available as possible provides for this diversity. For example, when presenting information use audio (songs, speeches, interviews, etc.), video, books, posters, hands-on manipulatives, food, and smells. Technology has made available a wide range of resources, such as PowerPoint presentations, live video feeds, chats, and communication. PowerPoint presentations are a great way to present information using a mixture of audio, video, animations (movement), and text. These presentations can also be made available to students via computer for them to review at their own pace. The internet/ computers also offer interactive learning activities that combine movement, visuals, and sounds, such as virtual science experiments. These allow students to conduct experiments never before thought possible due to danger or lack of equipment. Virtual experiments can be found at http://www.explorelearning.com .
Pre-exposure to material also aides in learning. The more familiar students are with a subject easier it is for new learning to occur. Therefore, providing students with a variety of pre-exposure materials can better prepare them for new learning units. For example, monthly calendars that list upcoming themes, a classroom website with links to various websites related to upcoming themes, books, magazines, maps, posters, computer software, and manipulatives can be provided for students to browse at their leisure. Providing a variety of materials takes into consideration learning preferences of all students.
Novelty can be used to gain and keep students’ attention. People usually only pay attention to things that are of value or things that are personally meaningful. Therefore, relating learning to your students’ real life experiences or interests can catch and keep their attention. “Shock” them with an unusual noise, experiment, video, song, etc. You can also present them with a problem or project that relates to their real world in order to gain their attention and interest at beginning of a unit. Issues such as environmental problems, problems with long lines in cafeteria, designing perfect playground, planning a field trip within budget, local traffic issues, etc. can all be considered. Making learning meaningful, relevant, and interesting to your students not only gains their initial attention, but keeps it throughout lesson.