I was going through boxes and materials today. Lots of them. (I have been so bless and now have two boxes to share with others!) In the process, I came across some notes from the first year we were home educating. We had attended a conference and I remember how much I enjoyed it and got out of it.
These notes really were a good timing kind of thing. I needed this reminder. Maybe you do, too. I wish I had written down who the speaker was so that I can give credit where credit is due. Unfortunately, I did not.
This person listed five student personality types and they just resonate with me.
Square – This student is very task oriented. This student follows directions well and benefits from reflection time. Things that frustrate this type of student are imprecise instructions and changing directions.
Rectangle – This student is project oriented but benefits much from someone working with them. This student is frustrated by imprecise instructions or changing their directions.
Triangle – This student is goal oriented, wants to get things done quickly, and loves checks lists. I don’t have a specific list of what frustrates this type of personality but they love the spotlight and don’t like to have to prove their reasoning.
Circle – This student is your “people person.” They don’t like conflicts and they love to talk. Things that frustrate this personality type include not being allowed or able to talk and being in isolation.
Squiggly Line – The squiggle personality is highly creative and loves to follow their ideas. They do not require completion of projects to feel highly accomplished and are high energy. They are frustrated by constraint, especially in their ideas, and when they absolutely must follow someone else’s directions.
I spent a bit of time today thinking about my girls and which type of personality each one is. I have a square, a circle, and one who is a fairly good combination of squiggly line and a triangle. No wonder I sometimes miss the mark of who needs what kind of a program to do their best learning.
As you embark on the next part of your learning journey, take a minute to think about the personality of your students. Recognizing some of what makes them frustrated and what helps them move forward allows you to better tailor their learning experience.
Reminding myself of this may perhaps make some of our choices more clear for this year.