Project 1

Personality, Learning styles, and Teaching

  • Paragraph 1: Summarize your results for each test. Just briefly state your personality type and your multiple intelligence and learning style strengths (the top three for each).

The temperament mini report said that I was a guardian provider.

The multiple intelligence report listed my strengths as linguistics, spatial/visual, naturalistic, and inter/interpersonal.

The learning style strengths listed my strengths almost entirely in the read/write area with aural as the next highest.

  • Paragraph 2: Tell how your personality type and learning styles will impact your teaching style.

I am absolutely devoted to the children that I chose to teach. They are my responsibility and I have an obligation not only to provide them with a quality education but to ensure that each reaches his or her maximum potential. I am a firm believer in the practice of hearing, speaking and writing to learn just about everything, but I also realize that everyone learns differently. Some children need visual aides more so than others, others learn better with verbal or audible cues. I don’t really agree with the learning style strengths. I think I am much more visual than dependent on only written directions, and I personally believe that a combination of visual and written directions help clarify instructions and new things to students. I am also very, very patient and have the ability to change how I am instructing a student if my approach is not working. I believe this flexibility comes from my preference of working with non-verbal autistic children. I love the challenge of taking the children no one sees potential in and finding ways to give them access to the world, communication and opportunities. I don’t think that there is a single child on the planet that can’t be given the simple keys needed to interact with the world, starting with a way to communicate needs, wants, fears and desires.

  • Paragraph 3: Based on the above, discuss your strengths AND weaknesses as a teacher.

My strengths are that I am dogged, determined and willing to try just about anything. I am fiercely protective and loyal. I research my own viewpoints and others that are presented to me. I look at the current practices and curriculum and am not satisfied to just stop because someone else is content with a mediocre success rate. I am also willing to change my own viewpoints or stance on a particular point if I am given proof that I am incorrect or that there is a better way.

My weakness is that I have little patience or tolerance for anyone that accepts the least amount possible. In this, I mean that I can’t tolerate anyone who just accepts that a student CAN NOT do something. My opinion is that if the can’t yet, let’s find a way to make it so they can. I am obsessively optimistic and see absolutely nothing wrong with constantly working to prove everyone wrong when it comes to what a student can’t do.

In my personal life, I am very easy going and generous. When it comes to dealing with children, they always end up with a place in my heart and I am firm and loyal and try to give 110%. When it comes to taking a stance on offering a quality education, I am immovable and inflexible. In a way, that hinders me because people think I think I know more than they do. I don’t know more than they do, but I do know what I want for the children I interact with, and I work every single day to help them reach those goals. I think the things that make me an advocate for autism are the same things that will help me be a good teacher of autistic children.

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