Learning Styles-Carl Jung/Myers-Briggs Theory Pt. 1

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

So back again with teaching and learning, styles and strategies; this section will focus on the theory based on Carl Jung’s model. This model is a teaching/learning style. It is important to know a student’s style of learning so you can help guide them in the direction of reaching the objective goals. Meyers-Brigg developed the application of Jung’s model. It uses our personalities to help find our learning styles. It works in a way that shows our preferences and repeated behaviors; it’s who we are as much as how we learn. Harvey Silver and Richard Strong along with other highly respected researchers work to successfully apply it to education. They focused on the process of learning; with the focus on the “how” rather than the “what” of learning styles.

As a side note: There is no right or wrong strategy; it is a matter of matching the correct one with the learner to create a climate most conducive to learning the objectives. To clarify a bit more, a strategy is a tool used to learn/teach an objective; where a style is the manner or behavior in which the objective is learned/taught. I can teach many strategies on how to solve a math problem, but my style will remain relatively the same, when speaking of the Jung theory. However, the strategies I offer accommodate the styles that my students may possess, different from my own, which allow me to facilitate my students in reaching the objective goals.

The four functions provide a framework for analyzing and categorizing teaching and learning behaviors. This categorization places a learner’s dominant behaviors in one or four distinct groupings. The groups include sensing, feeling, thinking, and intuition. Sensing and intuition are two ways of perceiving the world through the senses or intuition and thinking and feeling are ways of judging one’s perceptions.

“The sensing orientation (function) focuses on things as they appear. Sensors assume that what their senses tell them is what exists.”1It operates in the present and deals with shapes, color, texture and the arrangement of objects. Sensors use the five senses to gather information. They have a realistic outlook on life and work toward definite goals. When things are unclear or details are complicated they become frustrated.

“The intuitive orientation (function) focuses on the inner meaning and relationships of what is occurring.”1 It operates in the near and distant future and deals in seeing possibilities and interpreting what might be. Intuitors use inspiration and insight to find meaning behind facts and details. They like flexibility and freedom to explore possibilities and ideas. The trust their insights and are inspired by new opportunities.

Next blog post will cover the judgment of perceptions, thinking and feeling. Until then, try this self-assessment for perception on the spectrum on sensing/intuition from So Each May Learn Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences by Harvey Silver, Richard Strong, and Matthew Perini. so each may learn

Take a moment to reflect on your own perception preferences. Are you more focused on the facts and details of sensing or the big picture and patterns of intuition? Are you somewhere in-between or do you fall closer to one side than the other? Sensing_________________Intuition

If you need more questions to help you figure out where you are in the perception preferences try this site

This is a great site to check out for charts between sensors and intuitors.

Sensing Intuition

 

1(Teaching Styles and Strategies by Silver, Hanson, Strong, Schwartz 1996).

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9 tips for an almost free educational summer

Proverbs 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Because we are nearing the end of a school year, I am going to start with summer tips.

  1. If your child’s teacher doesn’t send home a summer reading list, go to your local library, they have them. I must add to this:  PARENTS, pick books for you too! If you want your kids to put down the electronics then so should you. As we have heard a thousand times “lead by example”. Take a half hour in the evening and spread out on the floor and read with or alongside of your children. It’s rewarding for everyone! Here is a  link to my Pinterest book board. Click on the picture for a list of 100 chapter books for kids. thetaleofdespereaux
  2. Visit museums. They have free days if your budget it tight. Prepare for crowds on free days, everyone likes to save a buck or two! Remember to have conversations at the exhibits, take time to read the boards. Make a day of it! DuPage Children's Museum
  3. Go to the zoo. It’s fun, entertaining, and educational. Look for the times when trainers are at the exhibits and take time to watch and learn about certain animals. Exhibit demos are free! tiger2
  4. Member of a church? Volunteer for VBS if you can. Summer Bible School is good for you and your kids. Check into hosting a Backyard VBS for your neighborhood at a time that works for you. Picture links to the Vacation Bible School website.ladybug
  5. Go on a picture walk. Exercise and education! Take your camera or phone and a bag or basket. Take pictures of trees, leaves, flowers, birds, etc. Also, collect some of these items along the way. If you made a day of it with a picnic and play time, that’s great! Save the project for another day. wild_garden
  6. Picture/collection project for the above outing….create a collage or scrapbook out of the things you found. In addition to this, look in books that you checked out from the library or have an internet hunt to identify your findings. Add the identification to your collage or scrapbook and you have a project and a memory all in one! nature collage
  7. Have an ABC scavenger hunt. If your kids are working on letters or reading, this can make it fun. Have them find as many things (or give them a number) around the house that start with the letters of the alphabet. Have them write it down, draw it, or take a picture of it. If you did 2-3 letters a week you will have gone through the alphabet before school begins. apples
  8. Of course, there are always board games for the evening. Have your kids be the banker, or take on the role of the person in charge of counting something. Need a new game? Go to a garage sale or second-hand shop and find something new. Let you kids pick it, give them the money so they know how much they can spend on a game. monopoly
  9.  Let your kids bake or cook with you. They will learn the importance of measurement and how it connects to everyday life. baking

The list can go on and on. Please comment and add something you do to help your kids continue learning throughout the summer.

It was a busy spring with our daughter’s wedding, all of our traveling and now we are preparing for a move. With that said, posts will be about once a month this summer. I will be taking time this summer to work on more post in the Learning Styles series. I am also working on research for STEM skills and will post about that in the fall. Enjoy your summer and I will pop in once in a while with a new post!

 

Blessings to you,

Tammy

5 Awesome Books on Marriage

This is the week my beautiful daughter is getting married. I thought it appropriate to share some books I have read on marriage and being married. I love these books for the truths they offer. Each book gives insight on how to love, respect, and pray for your spouse so you can have a marriage rich in the blessings of God. The greatest marriage secret?…I believe it is to fully love your spouse; if you do just that, nothing will separate you from each other. First Corinthians says it best and it is why it is written into so many marriage vows.

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. If you saw the movie Fireproof then you know what I am talking about here. This book will help you love your husband/wife more deeply as God had intended. Follow it up by getting the Love Dare Devotional too.

The Respect Dare by Nin Roesner. This book is written for women and is a forty day journey filled with stories from other women, who have been touch by the grace of God, wanting a deeper connection to Him and their husbands. She is offering biblical truths on respecting our husband as instructed by God according to their needs.

 Men Are Like Waffles Women Are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel. So true and funny and EYE-OPENING; this is a book I recommend to every couple! We think differently because we are created differently, but it all works together so beautiful if we can learn to understand one another. You might enjoy their you-tube video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1-cyNkNoRk

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If The Love Dare helps us improve the way we love our spouse and …Waffles ….Spaghetti  help us understand how we think and work; Love Languages tells us HOW our spouses want to be loved. You will learn your love language in the process. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/  to find out more, take the assessment, and purchase books and other materials.

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. Can read like a devotional, but the book as a whole is a great insight for praying for your husband and she includes a prayer at the end of each chapter. She also has a bunch of other ‘Power of Praying’ books.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Do you have another to add? There are many more….write in the comments and let me know how they helped you.

Blessings to you,

Tammy

A Better Day With God – 5 Easy ways to have a better day

My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.~ Proverbs 23:19, NLT

I thought this might be appropriate for today, Good Friday. May you be blessed.

Do you ever feel like your day has slipped away and you haven’t accomplished anything? Oh, I have piddled around here and there, but nothing that I can say, “Hey! I feel good about all that I did today!” Well, those are days that I realize I didn’t start my day with God. Seems simple enough but too many times I get up, make coffee and I am off for the day. I am tired, dragging, not feeling good about the whole day kind of feeling.  We all get weary. One of the hardest but most necessary things to do is find time for your devotional. I understand; we work full-time, we have kids that keep us on our toes, husband time, meal time, cleaning up the messes, and “stuff” to do. When am I supposed to fit in a devotional time? Your life should fit into your devotional not your devotional into your life. So, I must remind myself, with that cup of coffee should come some time spent with God. Not the multi-tasking kind, which I am prone to do, but quiet reflection, listening, and really getting to know God’s great blessings.

So, how do we go about this? Some of you already know and make it part of your daily routine. Some of you are like me and have to pause half way through your day because you didn’t put the time in the morning. And some are just wondering and learning just how to do this and how to make it a habit. My goal is to make this a morning habit and I hope you will join me. Let’s start simple and build.

  1. Open with a word of prayer. Nothing lofty, just talk to God; ask Him to forgive your selfish tendencies to lose focus. Thank Him, bless His holy name, sing a song to Him, praise Him for all of your blessings. Give that a start and go from there. Oh, and if you cry, let Him comfort you in His peace.
  2. Have a local Christian radio station you can tune into while you are getting ready for work or cooking meals? Turn it on.  KLOVE can be streamed through your computer for some great, inspiration music. How easy is that?!http://www.klove.com/listen/player.aspx
  3. Find a resource to help you read your Bible. My phone has a daily verse app that I receive every morning and it will give me a daily Bible study too. There are thousands of devotions to work from. Find one that interests you. Read a book that can lead you deeper in your relationship with God. I will add some that I have read at the end of the blog.
  4. Place verses or “I will” type statements on your mirror and fridge to remind you of what you are learning that day, week or month.
  5. Find a Bible study at church to join, listen to one on a podcast, or online and use it to help you study. There are many out there and your church may even have ways for you to attend online if the hours don’t match your time-table.

I personally subscribe to Greg Laurie’s podcast New Beginning. You can find it at http://www.harvest.org/  You just need to click on the radio tab and it will lead you from there. You can also follow Cathe Laurie’s Bible Studies by clicking on the Virtue tab. She has a fabulous study on Proverbs 31 and being a Proverbs 31 woman. I am currently working through the Gospel of John. You can look through the archive section to find a study that interests you.

http://www.proverbs31.org/ is a great site for women to get inspired and recharged. They have an online radio program, blog, devotions and more.

http://www.klove.com/ is a radio station that broadcast Christian music. They are also online if you don’t have a station near you. You can also get a daily verse sent to your inbox if you sign up with your email.

Some books I recommend:

Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver. This book has a chapter bible study in the appendix, as well as, How to develop a quiet time. It is a book about allowing God to change us from our multi-tasking, be everything for everyone kind of lives to understanding how to be the wonderful woman God created you to be and to joyful in who you are.

A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus by Elizabeth George.  It is a 30 day devotional on the character qualities of Jesus and how to reflect them in your life.

Let Go by Sheila Walsh. She opens up and shares trials in her life and how she was able to give her burdens to God to help her get through some tough times.

The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindol. The book I am currently reading. If you want to know what grace truly means and how to put it into practice, this is the book for you.

There are many, many more but I don’t want to bombard you and this has been long enough.

Blessings to you.

Tammy

Easy Organization for Crayons and Other Supplies

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23)

I was noticing all of the sites out there about organizing; it seems as though it is the thing to do these days. I am one of those people who are naturally organized. It is a gift and a curse! However, with spring around the corner, why not share an easy organizer for crayons, markers, glue sticks, and the like.IMG_0010

I decided to make an organizer for all of the crayons we have collected.

This concept can be used with just about anything.

In my classroom I collect all the pencils, paper, and glue sticks from my students at the beginning of the year so there is less clutter in their desks. We have a community area where students can go and get what they need when they need it.

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I cut toilet paper tubes in half. If you were to use this for markers or colored pencils leave them whole and maybe use a deeper container.

IMG_0009I did a trial run on how it would fit in the drawer. (the drawer came from a broken cabinet and the crayons were just a messy pile in the drawer. Use what you have; a shoebox, basket, or bin will work just as well.

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Glue the tubes together so they don’t flop all over the container. I held mine together with some rubber bands around 4 at a time as I glued.

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Now sort and add the crayons, or whatever you are organizing. You can even use the rainbow colors to order them if you choose…remember ROY G BIV?

I chose my own color combo according to the space and amount of tubes I had in the box.
Done!

IMG_0014Allow the kids to get five crayons at a time, this way they will easily go back to the right spot before they choose to take their next five.

Use your kids to help in the process and they will take ownership of the organized space!

This can also be a great lesson in sorting.

Trying it this time of year will give you a good test of where you want community space in the classroom and how to best use it. This may not work in every classroom, but it is worth a trial period. You may also want to try this if you have tables instead of desks in your classroom; this way there is a table community of supplies instead of the whole classroom.

Let me know what you organized and how this method works for you!
Blessing to you,
Tammy

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.5

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, Proverbs 1:5 ESV

Multiple Intelligences tap into interests of students. It is the realm of which they think and can best display their learning.

Many teachers try to incorporate M.I. into every lesson and that can be an exhausting task. May I suggest starting slowly with a few lessons at a time that you find easier to bring in M.I. options? The more you practice these types of lessons, the easier it will be to offer options in other areas of learning.

By allowing students to work within their Learning Styles and offering M.I. options with some lessons those particular tasks are going to let the student show their best work. Soon you will find yourself wanting to incorporate M.I. into many lessons throughout the year. There are web-sites that show some menus of lessons that you can offer to students. I did get a bit side tracked in my list because there are so many great sites and resources for teachers within these sites. Enjoy!

  • This site has a nice menu. You need to subscribe to Scribd in order to print or download it, but you can take a look at what she did for some ideas if you would rather not subscribe. She also has freebies and is part of a community of blogging teachers that share many of their ideas and lessons. (You can see them on her freebies page).
  • What a great site to hear and see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. If you want inspiration, follow this site. There is a treasure trove found here. I also follow them on pinterest so I can pick and choose some of the things that interest me most. You can also follow teachers teaching the same grade level as you. (This is my side track site)     But here is a link to some differentiation menus
  •  This is from the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)   and it has an excellent article that explains parts of a lesson for using M.I. It also offers some ideas for using an M.I. menu. It is an older article but still has relevance today. There is plenty more if you click on the menu tabs including some interesting professional development course. You can also subscribe to their many podcast and webcast through iTunes.
  • This lists so many resources for educators. It is from the University of Georgia. It includes links to learning theories and Bloom’s Taxonomy (new version with links), M.I. and Learning Styles, PBL and other learning strategies, teaching tools and direct teaching strategies. Many of them are articles with good information and many include charts that are printable. This page should be a definite bookmark on your computer.
  • These are actual lessons share by the teachers who created them. There are many subjects and grade levels to search through. You can sign up for a free 10day trial and then it is about $60/yr to get access to all of the lessons plans and worksheets. You can even add your lesson to this list.
  •  Here you will find a great graphic organizer for creating a lesson plan using the multiple intelligences.
I hope you find these helpful. I am taking a bit of an education break and am going to post some fun crafty kinds of things in the next few posts!
 
Blessings to you,
Tammy

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.4

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 ESV

These last three Multiple Intelligences are a bit more obscure but can be identified in students. However, you may see them in developing stages so I am giving you some ways to identify them within the classroom.

  • Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others. They can be empathetic and sympathetic toward others; they may show “mothering” tendencies. They are rather intuitive to the mood of the classroom. These students are not necessarily the classroom helper type; they will help when they see a need expressed. They are the social butterflies, they get along in group situations and relate well with others. They are the friendly outgoing type and others seem to flock to them. Don’t mistake them for leaders; they can be leaders or followers. They are great teachers in partner situations where the other is in need of help.
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence is the capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes.  These students are seen as independent and self-motivated. They have a good understanding of who they are, their feelings, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. They learn from their own mistakes and successes. They are confident, and do not tend to seek the approval of their peers. They have a smaller circle of friends and the friendship is strong. They can be quite shy, but their personality can shine in their writing when creative writing is the assignment.
  • Existential Intelligence is the sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, impacts on society, and the world around them. These students like to see the big picture learning in the individual content lessons. They tend to want an overview of how this will relate to the world around them. They will want to dig deeper for understanding and will ask GOOD “why” questions; this is where higher order thinking strategies take place. They may join a cause or have a strong belief in something meaningful to them. They enjoy multiple points of view that come to the conclusion of an idea.

In the next post I will give you several websites to use and give you some insight as to what you will find once you are there.

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