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Personality seems like a rather… personal attribute that we may only share with certain people, offering others only a facade or idealized self. And we may think we succeed in hiding our true selves from the masses, but we reveal ourselves through our deeds. “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do,” as far as C.G. Jung was concerned. That’s why the last Myers-Briggs Type Indicator focused on how we act in relation to the outside world. Judging (J) types seek order in all things while Perceiving (P) types prefer spontaneity and flexibility.   Judging people should not be considered judgmental (though they may be sometimes) but rather judicious or sensible. Not comfortable with pushing deadlines, Judging types prefer work before play and schedule accordingly. Having a feeling of closure puts Judging types most at ease. Judging types prefer clearly defined tasks with specific timelines and deadlines.…

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Decisions, decisions… we make them all day, every day. Did you ever notice that we can often tell as much about a person by the way she makes decisions than by what she decides? According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, we all fall into one of two camps: Thinking (T) types make decisions based on objective facts, logic, and reason, while Feeling (F) types are guided more by personal concerns, values, and relationships.   Thinking people make decisions with their heads, not their hearts. Relying heavily on logic elementary principles, Thinkers like to weigh pros and cons without allowing personal issues to influence the decision making process. Thinking types prefer fact-based, objective instruction with clear course objectives. Seek out logical reasons to engage in learning Be diplomatic with teachers and peers so as to avoid misunderstandings Before you challenge an idea, be sure to consider all possibilities   Feeling people…

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Most adult music lovers have heard of John Cage, the pioneering American composer. But even if you don’t know anything about Cage’s copious musical contributions, you can learn from this avant garde influencer’s impact on education. Sister Corita Kent, a personal friend of Cage, credits him with inspiring a list of rules for both teachers and students that has, in turn, inspired very many others. Education, like all other arts, is a process that demands the best work of its collaborators to produce the finest results. Whether you are a student or a teacher (or more likely both), consider applying these clear rules to your craft:   RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while. RULE TWO: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students. RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: Pull…

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You have probably heard the terms “extrovert” and “introvert.” According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the difference between extraversion (yes, the word is spelled this way in the MBTI) and introversion is the attitude people use to direct their energy. All of us have traits of each, but tend to rely on one more heavily than the other. Extraverts draw their energy from the external world. You know the type: outgoing, life-of-the-party, gregarious, can carry on conversations with anyone about a multitude of topics. The process of interacting with others and engaging with the world energizes the extrovert. As you’d expect, Extraverts prefer active learning and engaging with others: Study in groups where you can bounce ideas off of others Choose learning partners who are motivated to stay on task Employ active listening and reading practices   Introverts, on the other hand, draw their energy from their internal worlds of…

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Imagine two students in a classroom in Any High School, USA. One struggles to concentrate on what the teacher is saying, but finds himself daydreaming instead. Mind ablaze with different ideas, some only tangentially related to the subject at hand, he texts a note about how boring the teacher is to his best friend. She, however, is so busy taking notes, engaged in what she considers a brilliant lecture, that she doesn’t even notice the text. What accounts for the discrepancies in the ways different students experience the same lessons, teachers, and subjects? Some much of the variation comes down to learning style. All of us learn in different ways, not just in the sense of visual, auditory, and tactile processing, but based on deeper factors. Personality types can shed a lot of light on your specific learning style. Any student enrolled in our Roots2Words: Personalities and Perspective Words program…

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We all know that everyone learns in different ways. Some of us prefer to work independently, while others need to be led along. Solo vs. group, synchronous vs. asynchronous, visual vs. auditory… everyone absorbs information most efficiently through specific channels. One of the great challenges for any of us is discovering those paths and then using them.

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